Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for thousands of years. It views the human body as holistic in its function, with each system having both a supporting and controlling role towards one another. No one system functions in an isolated way. The human body is an integrated whole and inseparable to nature itself.
A TCM diagnosis and treatment consist of maintaining the balance and identifying correcting imbalance. It places much emphasis on maintaining health and preventing disease. Every person is unique. TCM practice is based on a thorough consultation and diagnosis, explanation, and informed consent. The first appointment is up to 90 minutes and follow up visits are around 60 minutes. You can expect acupuncture or acupressure on your very first appointment. Many people are pleasantly surprised to find acupuncture calming and fall asleep. It may take a series of weekly appointments that build on each other to see results, depending on your condition.
A treatment may consist of:
Acupuncture – Very fine sterile needles are inserted into certain points. It is often painless or only a very slight pinch. Each acupuncture point has a defined therapeutic action. The aim of acupuncture is to improve the flow of energy (Qi) and blood in your body to correct the imbalance. Imagine the body has rivers and streams of electrical energy coursing through and around it. These are called “meridians/channels” and whenever these become blocked or impeded, physical discomforts and ill health may occur over time.
Acupressure simply means applying acupressure to the acupuncture point. Laser can be used in place of acupuncture or acupressure and is particularly useful when acupuncture is contraindicated, children or elderly, sensitive to needles etc.
Nutrition – as part of our information gathering, we obtain an understanding of one’s diet and lifestyle. From this we can ascertain where changes need to be made to prevent ongoing harm to the body.
Guasha/tuina (types of massage) – Guasha is a massage technique where a smooth stone is used to rub along channels or over certain points to release and move stagnation of qi. Tuina is another massage technique that uses a gentle pinching and pulling action to relieve pain and discomfort.
Moxibustion – this is the heating of certain points of the body using an herb called Artemis Vulgaris to facilitate healing.
Cupping – this is where glass or bamboo cups are applied to areas of the body to move stagnation of qi or blood to improve discomfort.
Auricular Therapy – more info to come
Herbal/nutritional supplements – as part of our treatment plan we recommend certain herbs or supplements that we think would be beneficial to your health.