When using an electro acupuncture machine we add small clips to the ends of the acupuncture needles for stimulation, similar to a TENS machine. Well controlled electrical impulses are sent through the needles and closely adjusted to maintain patients comfort.
Cupping creates a negative pressure as the cups are attached to the skin. The cups helps to move old or stagnated blood to the surface, so that it can be processed faster by the body and replaced with new blood to speed up healing.
Similar to acupuncture, the points are used but do not include the insertion of needles. Effects can be achieved when pressure is applied to the body with fingers, palms and elbows.
Or Moxa is a Chinese Herb - Mugwort, that is burnt near the skin to provide a deep warmth.
This is used to warm an area and is often applied where there is stagnation. Chinese Medicine believe that where there is stagnation there is pain. Ice or Cold stops the movement of Qi and Blood which encourages stagnation, this is why 'Heat' is often used in treatment.
EAR SEEDS: Small plasters containing very small seeds or golden balls can be placed on points on the ears to help prolong treatment. Much like acupuncture these can be used to treat many conditions.
Tui na is a form of Chinese Massage. There are a variety of techniques such as smoothing, grasping, circular rubbing, pressing and rolling, with the use of fingers, palms, forearm and elbows. This is also a great modality for children and infants.
A Gua sha tool is a flat hand held tool often made from horn, crystals or pounamu. They come in various shapes and are used to apply medium pressure over oiled skin to increase blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system. Often used in Facial Rejuvenation.
EASTERN DIETARY ADVICE:
In Chinese Medicine the energetic property of food is considered including their cooking style and how this impacts your body. Advice is given for what foods are suitable for your individual diagnosis. Nutrition is the basis for TCM.