The technique of precise insertion of fine sterile single use acupuncture needles into specific meridian pathways and Chinese medicine acupoint locations in the body.
Use of the needles stimulate ‘qi’ (the body’s energy) within pathways of meridians or channels all over the body. The stimulation of qi at specific points encourages the body’s own immune response and reminds the homeostatic function of the nervous system to reinvigorate the body's own natural ability to heal and restore itself innately.
Chinese medicine has been using acupuncture for over 2,000 years. Most people feel a sense of calm and quiet reflection during a treatment. The ‘de qi’ sensation can be described as a dull heavy sensation in the local area of the needle, most people do not notice the insertion of the needles.
Moxibustion “Moxa” is a warming technique of burning the herb ‘moxa’ or ‘mugwort’ and carefully applying this heat to various parts of the body or acupoints or warming unbalanced channels to promote freeflow of qi, aid circulation of qi and xue (blood) around the body. It helps to alleviate some indicated types of pain, some menstrual conditions and some indicated types of fatigue.
Herbal Medicine (TCM)
Chinese Herbal medicine prescription is an effective tool in conjunction with acupuncture treatment to capitalise on the healing processes that began in the in treatment. Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to rectify health and restore wellbeing. All herbs are TGA FDA approved and carefully sourced for quality and sustainability. All ingredients are legal and are derived mainly from plant and mineral based materials.
Cupping is the use of removing the air from (usually) glass cups and applying these to various parts of the body to then be affixed to the skin. The sensation can be described as a ‘reverse pressure massage’. Blood is pulled into the area of suction stimulating a healing response either directly to the local area or to treat the associated condition the point applied correlates to in Chinese Medicine pathology theory.
Tui na (chinese medical massage)
Using the Traditional Chinese medicine model for health, Tui Na uses tactile manipulation techniques to restore vitality and health systems. Massage type techniques include patting, rolling, various pressure, stationary pressure and moving pressure, types of pinching, stretching and stroking along meridian channel pathways.
A scraping technique that is extremely useful to aid the immune system to alleviate cold and flu symptoms, some indicated types of cough and headaches, stiffness and sore necks and shoulders. Using a jade stone, gua sha spoon or other smooth edged implement a ‘scraping’ pressure is applied in strokes to channels and areas affected to promote the movement of qi and xue to help the body eliminate the ‘pathogen’ which has caused the imbalance of health.
“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food” – Hippocrates
Chinese medicine and dietary advice is based on optimum digestion and working with seasons, natures (or temperatures) and is individually tailored to the health plan of each patient. Food isn’t complicated and can work very quickly to aid in recovery of health and digestive issues. Chinese medicine dietary therapy is focused on easy digestion, easy elimination and freshly prepared food void of chemicals and preservatives.
Tai chi or tai qi is an ancient form of martial art of 24 forms of movement, all designed that when performed activate all of the channels and systems of the body to work in harmony together. It is a very gentle and peaceful form of exercise proven to aid balance, flexibility, lower stress and anxiety and promote immune function and wellbeing.