Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

With over 4000 years of documented history, Acupuncture, along with Herbal medicine form the core of what is commonly known as Traditional Chinese medicine.

The medical and philosophical core of Chinese medicine focuses on preventative care through the process of rebalancing a person’s flow of energy, called Qi, to resolve dysfunction or illness. Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tui Na and Qi Gong all work towards this process, to ultimately harmonise the flow of Qi to harmonise not only the body, but also the mind.

As a result, Chinese medicine aims to treat the root causes of illness and not just its symptoms. Disorders arise not just as a result of illness, but also through an imbalance in lifestyle, whether it be related to diet, exercise, work or relationships. To achieve the best results from Chinese medicine, all three modalities are usually used in combination with one other. However, they can also be offered as stand-alone treatments. 

Acupuncture works by inserting very fine, sterilised needles into specific points located on the body’s energy pathways, called meridians. A practitioner will use specific manipulations to achieve the desired effect needed to restore the smooth flow of Qi to either the points, meridians or organ(s). It can be used in the treatment of a wide variety of disorders, either acute or chronic in nature. Patients with a phobia of needles may be offered Tui Na as a suitable alternative. 

Herbal medicine forms a crucial pillar of Chinese medicine and is particularly effective in the treatment of chronic and/or complex internal disorders and works on a more fundamental level of the body than acupuncture. It can also be used in the treatment of external disorders such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Herbal medicine prescriptions can be offered to patients as and when appropriate to each individual case.

Chinese massage therapy, Tui Na, is a massage system underpinned by the same medical and philosophical system as Acupuncture and Herbal medicine. A variety of techniques can be employed to manipulate body tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints.

This often includes the manipulation of pressure points commonly found in acupuncture. All Tui Na techniques are performed through clothing and range from very light and subtle to strong, physical manipulations. Tui Na has very diverse clinical applications, but is commonly used in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as joint injury, sprains, strains and trauma. 

Cupping and Moxibustion are therapies used alongside Acupuncture and Tui Na to promote a greater efficacy in treatment by promoting the flow of Qi. They are used as and when necessary to each individual case.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are recommended for:

  • Musculoskeletal pain conditions
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Ear Ache & Tinnitus
  • Hay fever & Seasonal Allergies
  • Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia & Hypertension
  • Gynaecological Disorders
  • Weight Loss

 

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