your first appointment
You will be asked about your current symptoms, your medical history. You will be asked about your diet and digestive system, respiratory and immune system, your sleep patterns and your emotional state. Everyone is a unique individual, so your case history will be studied and a treatment plan will be discussed with you. You will also receive a treatment.
Treatment plan - your course of treatment
Frequency and length of your treatment depends upon your individual condition. Some change is usually felt within five treatments although sometimes only two or three treatments is needed. The culture of health in oriental countries is that you have regular treatment while you are healthy, you don't wait until you are sick!
Is acupuncture safe? - a very sound track record
The needles used are single use, sterile and disposable. Acupuncture needles are so fine that when inserted, it is often described as a tingling or mild, dull ache. Acupuncture is safe for the elderly, babies and young children.
Akin to blood, nerves or lymph,qi flows in a vessel system,each one of these vessels or meridians passes through an organ therefore associating it with that organ and its corresponding qualities. Acupuncture points lie on these meridians and can be pictured as wells that reach the river of qi in the meridian below. These points, that modern research is discovering as being "structurally defined entities", have certain functions and effects. Hair thin needles are inserted into these points and qi is either regulated, harmonised, unblocked or strengthened restoring balance, addressing pain, discomfort and disease.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is attested by its sustained and rich history of development, use and research. The Chinese Materia Medica is primarily plant based, inclusive of seeds, leaves, flowers, stems, roots and bark. Individual herbs are chosen for their flavour, property and function then blended into a formula where they take on a synergistic effect enhancing their positive attributes and eliminating negative side effects. This allows the practitioner to match each individual and their symptoms, addressing imbalances of disharmony or disease. Balancing yin yang to maintain health.
Foot reflexology is based on the premise that the feet are mini maps of the body and every reflex area on the foot relates to a part of the body. The philosophy behind the treatment is likened to Chinese Medicine whereby working on the principle that illness occurs when there are blockages and imbalances in the body’s energy channels.
A reflexology practitioner will experience this in different ways such as sensations or differences in the texture of the tissue on the feet, and will apply movement and pressure, assisting to disperse the congestion and help encourage the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
Cupping is a hands on therapeutic treatment that has been used throughout Asia for centuries. With a vacuum force created by a flame or suction pump the cup is applied to the surface of the body, drawing and holding onto skin and superficial muscles therefore applying a negative pressure as it loosens and lifts the connective tissue, increasing the microcirculation of blood and lymph.
With similar therapeutic properties as Gua Sha, Cupping helps relieve pain and hastens the resolution of internal disease by intentionally creating transitory petechiae ‘sha’ on the surface of the skin. Sha is a term that describes the blood congestion in surface tissue that accumulates in areas where a person may experience stiffness and pain, it is also the term for the petechiae raised by the Cupping. The colour of sha and rate of fading depend on the patient’s condition, generally the discolourations fade away from three days up to a week after treatment.
As well as aches and pains the warming function of Cupping is applied when cold is suspected, it may also assist detoxification by its ability to increases microcirculation allowing oxygen and nutrients to increase in flow and metabolic waste to be processed. The suction action also activates the parasympathetic nervous system bringing about a deep sense of relaxation. Cupping is often applied in combination with acupuncture augmenting overall treatment effect.
Gua Sha is a hands on therapeutic treatment that has been used throughout Asia for centuries. When applied by repeated even strokes of surface frictioning it intentionally raises transitory petechiae and ecchymosis. Gua means "to rub", sha is a term that describes the blood congestion in surface tissue that accumulates in areas where a person may experience stiffness and pain, it is also the term for the petechiae raised by the Gua Sha. The colour of the sha and the rate of fading can indicate important information about a person's condition. The sha usually disappears within two to five days, the pain relief will last even after this has completely gone.
Although in western medicine there is an unidentified pain-relieving biomechanism with Gua Sha, research has found an increase in the microcirculation of the surface tissue of the treated area and a reduction in inflammation. As well as addressing aches and pains Gua Sha is also used to reduce fever, this is due to the way it mimics sweating therefore regulating body temperature. Gua Sha is often applied in combination with acupuncture augmenting overall treatment effect.
The use of moxibustion as a form of therapy is believed to begin in ancient times even before acupuncture was discovered and it has shown its benefits in clinical use for over 2200 years.
Moxibustion is a form of cauterisation and heating method using processed Artemisia Vulgaris, "moxa" at points or areas on the skin. Moxa can be burned directly on or close to the skin with or without a buffer. It warms to a depth of about 12-13mm and is applied to the vessels or meridians, dispersing cold and moving Qi and Blood in order to resolve disease, prevent illness and improve health.