By restoring the energy balance of the body, Acupuncture is aimed at naturally promoting health and alleviating aches, pains and illnesses through the stimulation of specific Acupuncture points.
During a cupping treatment, a flame is used to create a vacuum inside glass cups which are then placed on the patient’s skin in areas where treatment is required. The suction created stimulates the flow of Qi and blood in the area, thereby clearly stagnation within the meridians and promoting the body’s self-healing. Cupping is most commonly used in the treatment of muscular aches and pains.
Or ‘scraping pressing’ is a traditional treatment in which a tool (traditionally a Chinese ceramic soup spoon) made of either jade or plastic, is pressed and scraped along the skin to stimulate blood flow. Gua Sha is used to help releasing stubborn knots, or stagnation, in the muscles, as well as more general stiffness and pain.
Gua Sha, like cupping, may leave red-purple marks on the skin which can take several days to fade. Although this may appear to be so it is painful, and no damage has been done to the skin or muscles. These marks are ‘sha’, and show that the treatment has been beneficial.
Tui Na - or Chinese Medical Massage - is one of the four main branches of Chinese Medicine, alongside Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Qi Gong.
A Tui Na treatment begins with a full Chinese Medicine consultation similar to the Acupuncture consultation, followed by a completely bespoke massage routine tailored to the needs of the patient on the day.
A traditional part of Chinese medicine, it is used alongside Acupuncture, in which the herb Moxa (Mugwort, or Artemisia vulgaris) is burnt either directly on the skin of the patient or on top of the needle at specific acupuncture points or along a meridian. In more recent years it has also been prepare as a cigar-shaped moxa stick which is burnt near the skin. In whatever form it is prepared and used, the heat produced form the burning of moxa permeates the skin, creating a warming, soothing sensation. Moxa is not appropriate in every treatment and will therefore be used at the discretion of your practitioner.
Naturopathy is a holistic approach to health that sees the patient as a whole and focuses on the self-healing powers of the body. If appropriate, your practitioner may use nutritional advice, herbal remedies and lifestyle recommendations to address the imbalances that can lead to emotional and physical illness.