What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe system of healing which has been practised in China and the Far East over thousands of years.  It is traditionally used in China to treat a wide range of health conditions including fertility, pregnancy related issues (for e.g. hip pain and morning sickness) to back pain and stress/depression.  Fine acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points in the body to facilitate healing.  Patients have described the feeling as being like pins and needles or a tingling sensation or some like a pulling down sensation.  The needles are left in for about 20 minutes and then removed.

How can I prepare myself for treatment?

I would advise, if at all possible, for you to wear loose fitting clothes for your sessions.  If this isn’t possible I will provide you with towels to cover you up if you need to remove any clothing.  It is also not recommended to eat a large meal before your treatment, or to drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks, as they may interfere with your ability to be able to relax during the treatment.

What an acupuncture treatment involves?

This includes taking a detailed medical history plus an initial treatment.  The treatment can include acupuncture, electro acupuncture, massage, moxa or cupping depending what treatment I think will be best for your condition.

How will I feel after treatment?

Sometimes you can feel tired or a bit light headed.  Most people feel very relaxed. Some patients fall asleep during treatment. I suggest that you take it easy on the day of treatment and drink plenty of water.

Some people after having treatment have what is known as a healing crisis.  Their symptoms get worse before they get better.  This is quite normal and there is no need to feel afraid.  Just take it easy.  If you have any questions/concerns after a treatment please send me a text or an email and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

How many treatments will I need?

On your first consultation a treatment plan will be discussed.  Normally a series of six treatments are recommended initially and then a review will take place to decide whether further treatment is necessary.  If you are suffering from a chronic condition then it may take longer to treat.

What is Moxa?

Moxa or moxibustion means "burning herb".  This term is derived from the Japanese word mogusa .  It is harvested from the mugwort plant (artemisia vulgaris or artemisia argyii).  It Moxa can be used in many different forms from cones made from moxa "wool" to moxa pressed into a charcoal stick.

What is cupping?

Cupping is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a way of creating a vacuum on the patient's skin to dispel stagnation thereby improving the flow of qi in the meridians.  

 

Today, glass cups or suction cups are used to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis.  Cupping is also used on back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions to release tension.

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a very simple and effective traditional healing technique practised widely in China and East Asia.

 

A round-edged instrument is used to stroke the skin. Enough pressure is applied so that the subcutaneous fascia is reached.  Massage oil is applied to the skin's surface to prevent any discomfort from friction.

The effect of gua sha treatment is to reduce blockages and therefore improve circulation. The skin afterwards will be bruised as the stagnant blood and metabolic waste products come to the surface. The petechiae (which is the medical name for this marking) normally fades after 3 days.  

 

After the removal of these blockages, the fluid and blood circulation is vastly improved and any tension or build-up of metabolic by-products in the muscles is reduced.

 

Gua sha is used in different ways.  For example, for the treatment of pain, to treat and prevent respiratory illness and to address digestive problems.  

Traditionally, in China, the technique was most commonly used to treat cholera.  Today, I find it most beneficial for the treatment of the neck and shoulders. This is because it is one of the areas where many people commonly hold tension which can result in headaches and insomnia. Posture can also be affected, leading to further tension and the creation of a vicious circle.  Gua Sha can be very effective in treating neck and shoulders tension and allows the muscles to relax and circulation to improve.

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