Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing and has been part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. Traditional acupuncture treats the whole person, body and mind. Not just the symptoms. The principle of Acupuncture is the balance of Yin and Yang. These two opposite and inter-dependent forces regulate and stimulate the body’s function for optimum wellbeing and good health.
An imbalance of Yin and Yang can cause illness and fatigue. Qi (vital energy) is considered to be the other essential element in the healing system of TCM. When this flow of Qi is impaired, illness occurs. By inserting fine needles at various points along the channels, the body’s balance can be restored and the illness resolved.
TCM believes that disease is basically caused by the “weakening state” of a body as a whole. And it cures disease by trying to reinforce and stimulate body’s internal strength.
The flow of Qi can be disrupted in many ways: emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet and overwork are all common examples. By examining the underlying cause and how it has affected the body, the most appropriate treatment for each patient can be selected. Treating the patient as an individual is at the core of acupuncture treatment and is vital in successfully assisting the body to rebalance itself.
Blockages in the flow of Qi can manifest as pain, hot or cold sensations, or colour changes. These signs, along with pulse and tongue diagnosis can help determine which points and channels are most suitable for treatment.
Acupuncture also includes other techniques such as cupping, moxibustion or acupressure.
Modern science has shown that acupuncture can stimulate release of chemicals which stimulate the body’s natural defences. The NHS officially recommends the use of Acupuncture in the treatment of back pain. The World Health Organisation recommends traditional acupuncture treatment worldwide and millions of people use it for all types of chronic and acute health conditions, as well as wellbeing.
Acupuncture can successfully treat numerous conditions including:
- stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks;
- back pain, arthritis, headaches, sciatica;
- hormonal problems, painful and irregular periods;
- respiratory issues;
- menopausal symptoms, night sweats;
- digestive problems.
Acupuncture is as effective in treating either acute or chronic conditions and avoids side effects.
Heat Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy has been found in ancient records dating back 3500 years and it is still commonly used today. It is an essential part of the TCM
Cupping therapy acts as a ‘wake-up call’ to encourage your own body to restart the healing process. Through cupping therapy toxins and stagnant blood are removed; your immune system is left revitalized and your circulation cleanses.
Cupping therapy is mainly performed on one’s back along the Meridians. It also can be performed on any part of the body. One of the aspects of cupping therapy is to release of toxins in the body. The suction from the cups can penetrate deep into the tissues causing the tissues to release harmful toxins. This stimulates the lymphatic system, promotes free flow for the Qi and Blood in the channels.
Tuina (Acupressure Massage)
Tuina is an Ancient healing art and uses the same meridians as the acupuncture points. They can be used at the same time. Tuina involves using the hands or elbows to press on the points at the surface of the body to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process. When these points are stimulated, they release tension and increase the bodies’ circulation of Blood to nourish that part of the body.
Tuina also works on the local muscles, by pushing and plucking the area, this helps to break down the adhesions and scar tissue at the local level to increase the flow of Qi (oxygen) and Blood to carry away damaged tissue.
Acupressure is commonly used during Tunia massage. It is particularly effective in healing and dispelling conditions such as stress, muscles strain, sports injury, headaches, back and shoulder problems.