“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.”
- Lao Tzu
Alongside the use of sterile needles in my treatment, I may also use electroacupuncture, cupping, gua sha or moxa. All treatment fees are inclusive of the below techniques and are fully discussed and agreed with you prior to their use.
Electroacupuncture involves pulsed electrical stimulation through acupuncture needles inserted into specific points or along specific channels.
According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), illness is caused when qi (“chee”) does not flow properly throughout the body. Acupuncturists determine whether qi is weak, stagnant or otherwise out of balance, which indicates the points to be stimulated. Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions in which there is an accumulation of qi, such as in chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the qi is difficult to stimulate.
The use of EA is relatively new in terms of acupuncture’s history but its use is becoming more commonplace, with an increasing body of evidence to support it.
During a cupping treatment, a vacuum is created inside glass cups which are then placed on specific points, normally on the back. The suction created stimulates the flow of qi and blood in the area, effective for muscular aches and pains as well as lymphatic drainage.
Moxibustion or “Moxa” for short, is a herbal treatment derived from Mugwort, or Artemisia vulgaris known for its healing and medicinal properties. A herbal cigar is warmed and placed close the body. The heat and healing properties produced permeates the skin, positively effecting the flow of qi and blood, creating a warming, soothing sensation.
Gua Sha is another ancient technique which involves using a tool (traditionally a Chinese ceramic soup spoon) to press and stroke the skin. The pressure of the tool and the stroking of the skin stimulates movement and blood flow. This is a very effective treatment for releasing stubborn knots in the muscles, as well as more general stiffness and pain.