Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been practised for over 2000 years. The basis of Acupuncture is to bring the body into balance by restoring the flow of Qi. Qi is vital energy that flows through channels known as meridians. If the flow of Qi in the meridians is disrupted, then disease may follow. There are 14 major meridians with over 500 acupuncture points. By inserting fine needles into particular acupuncture points, the disruption can be corrected and the flow of Qi restored.
The Acupuncturist will take a detailed history and use traditional Tongue and Pulse diagnosis to assess your condition according to TCM. Then a prescription of acupuncture points specific to the individual will be used. Acupuncture points are usually stimulated using needles, but other methods such as moxa (heat), magnets, acupressure and cupping can be used. All needles used are pre-sterilized disposables. The initial consultation will take around an hour with follow up consultations being 30 – 40 minutes, for most conditions treatment is 6 – 8 sessions but you may only need 1!
Acupuncture can be used for Acute and Chronic conditions but you do not need to be unwell to gain benefits as acupuncture is also used for wellness, relaxation and maintenance.
Research has found that acupuncture may be effective in treating a range of disorders. Some of these include:
Digestive – colitis, constipation, diarrhoea, gastritis, ulcer, IBS.
Emotional – anxiety, depression, stress management.
General – chronic fatigue syndrome, quitting smoking, weight loss, lethargy, chemotherapy support.
Gynaecological – heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, menopausal symptoms, pre-menstrual syndrome, amenorrhea, infertility, IVF support, Pregnancy and post natal support
Musculo-skeletal – back pain, sciatic pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and whiplash.
Neurological – Bell’s palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, headache, migraine, pain, paralysis, shingles.
Respiratory – asthma, bronchitis, common cold, hayfever.
Vascular – haemorrhoids, high blood pressure, varicose veins.
Qi Gong is a unique Chinese exercise system to develop the flow of Qi (energy) within our body for martial arts or healing. It was developed by Chinese medical theory and Taoist philosophy thousands of years ago.
Qi Gong focuses on basic stretching and strengthening of the whole body in order to free the flow of Qi. Physical exercises are combined with meditation to enhance the overall health of body, mind and spirit.
Regular practice will further develop our understanding of cleansing, nourishing and harmonising our emotional and physical body in order to be perceptive to our natural environment and deal well with everyday challenges.
Shonishin is a Japanese Acupuncture system used for children originating in the Kansai area several hundred years ago.This system is a gentle and non-intrusive treatment for infants and children from one month - ten years of age and can treat all conditions or be used to maintain good health.
The skin is not punctured with Shonishin.
3 types of stimulation tools are used.
1. SESSHOKU-SHIN or tapping needles are used to tap on Acupuncture points and meridians.
2. MASATSU-SHIN or rubbing needles are used for brushing meridians.
3. ENRI-SHIN or press needle is used to apply pressure on Acupuncture points
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