Within your treatment I will be treating you with Acupuncture, but I may incorporate other modalities of Chinese Medicine, such as Moxibustion, Electro-acupuncture, cupping and Gua-Sha.
Acupuncture is the use of fine pre-sterilised single use needles inserted into a specific point on the body. The needles are left in the body for roughly 20 - 30 mins and generally the procedure if painless.
Moxibustion is the use of a herb which is burnt either upon the needle or above the needle. The herb has a nourishing nature and it is believed to warm and encourage the flow of Qi in the meridian channels. It can be recommended in pregnancy to turn the baby when it is presenting as breech.
Electro-acupuncture is not as scary as it sounds. Wires are attached between 2 needles to create a circuit and thus an electrical current. This form of acupuncture is predominantly used in the treatment of pain.
Cupping is a technique where glass cups are applied to the body using suction. This has a beneficial effect on moving the blood and lymph.It relaxes and warms muscles and brings toxins, which can be stored in muscles, to the surface so then they can be eliminated through our excretory system, ie: urine, stool, breath and sweat. Other benefits of cupping can be reduction of cellulite, constipation and digestive issues. This technique can leave semi permanent marks on the skin, but these will go within a week.
Gua-Sha is a technique similar to cupping, and they are sometimes used in conjunction. Both move the blood and lymph of the muscles in a specific area. Using the smooth surface of a china spoon a scrapping method is used upon the skin. Oil is used a lubricant and it isn't generally painful. Blood and lymph are invigorated and the skin can become red or sometimes purple and these marks can remain around for roughly a week. The colour and depth of the markings are dependant on the patients' state of health. This is mostly used on the back, across shoulder and up the neck.