Acupuncture is one of the best known and most widely used modalities in Chinese Medicine and involves the insertion of fine, sterile, disposable needles into acupuncture points located along the bodys’ channels to clear energy blockages, promote the free flow of qi throughout and stimulate the bodys’ own self-healing response. The patient may feel a dull aching, tingling or grabbing sensation in the area from what is known as (de qi) arrival, when the point has been stimulated.
Acupuncture, when used in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as cupping, guasha, tuina massage and moxibustion can have a complementary effect enhancing the treatment outcomes.
Chinese Dietary Therapy
Chinese Dietary Therapy is a very important and fundamental component of Chinese Medicine. TCM dietetics is based on the same principles as Chinese Herbal Medicine in that foods are classed into the five flavours and five natures. The flavours sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent, relate to and can benefit the organs of spleen, liver, kidneys, heart and lungs respectively. The natures of foods are hot, warm, neutral, cool and cold, which is not directly related to food temperature but their effect on the body. The food flavour and nature types are prescribed in accordance with the patients presenting pathology.
Chinese medicine dietetics focuses on eating with the seasons and on consuming foods which are easily digested and absorbed for maximum energy production which can be directed towards the healing process.
Tuina massage therapy is a form of massage which uses several different manual hand techniques and differs from other forms of massage in that it works to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians of the body to provide relaxation, balance and harmony and treat the presenting Chinese Medicine pathology.
Tuina massage releases musculoskeletal tension and stiffness and improves circulation which is beneficial for conditions including emotional stress and anxiety, back, neck and shoulder pain, sleep difficulties, headaches and sporting injuries.
Cupping is another ancient therapy dating back more 2000 years, which involves creating a vacuum, by way of a flame, to the inside of glass cups, which when placed on the skin creates suction and draws stagnant qi and blood to the surface, promoting qi and blood circulation.
Cupping can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions including musculoskeletal pain, colds and flu, immune function and chronic illness.
Guasha (meaning; gua-scrape, sha-pathogens) involves the repeated scraping on lubricated skin with a Chinese soup spoon or smooth edged bone to release pathogenic factors from the acupuncture points and meridians, particularly on the back and shoulders.
Guasha works to clear the channels, promote qi and blood circulation and benefit immune function and can be especially useful for shoulder, neck and back pain, headache, colds, flu, stress management and chronic conditions. As with cupping, the markings will typically fade and disappear within a few days of treatment.