Outline of Treatments
Acupuncture is a valued and popular therapy which has been practiced for thousands of years in the Far East. Today, traditional acupuncture is practiced all around the world and clinical trials are now confirming its efficacy. Due to its holistic nature, Acupuncture is a natural and effective way to treat a wide range of conditions.
The principle of Traditional Acupuncture practice is the belief that the body is made up of connecting energetic pathways. Acupuncture points, therefore, are often accessed not only on the site of the pain for which you seek treatment but on distal locations on the body.
Many of Acupuncture's pain-relieving effects are a result of activating neurochemical secretions, called endorphins. In addition to pain relief, Acupuncture restores balance within the body by activating your own healing system, leaving you mentally and emotionally more ready to deal with life.
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Cupping involves the use of glass cups being heated and placed onto the skin (most commonly back). When the cups cool, they create a vacuum drawing skin and muscle into the cup, and it is this change in pressure which increases blood circulation in the area. Cupping is a great treatment great for sore backs, tight muscles and a host of other aches and pains, including the common cold!
Moxa is a herb similar to mugwort (artemesia vulgaris) which is burned over acupuncture points to warm them during treatment. This is an incredibly soothing treatment, designed to invigorate chosen points on the body. Many find that Moxa has been effective in the treatment of muscular skeletal pain and arthritic complaints.
Guasha uses the methodical application of pressure and stimulation of the skin using a round-edged instrument, which results in the appearance of small red or purple spots (petechiae) called ‘sha’. The effect is similar to that of a scrape but the skin is not damaged in any way and the redness fades in a few days.
The technique is used to move QI and/or blood stagnation, which is considered to be the main cause of pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. It can promotes blood circulation and releases tension.