At our TCM clinic we primarily use acupuncture to treat patients. However, in our specialised clinic acupuncture is often combined with other treatment techniques. A short introduction to these treatments has been provided below.
Acupuncture is a treatment in Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. The theory behind acupuncture treatment is that the healthy functioning of the body is governed by the flow of “Qi” through a system of channels under the skin. 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.
Body Constitution Analysis
Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, nine types of different body constitutions can be identified. Certain body constitution is closely related to susceptibility to certain diseases.
In order to determine a patient's body constitution, they can complete a questionnaire which contains approximately 60 questions. After a systematic analysis of the answers, combined with TCM diagnosis method, we can get a conclusion on their body constitution and give advice on diet, exercise and emotion management to help them keep fit and prevent diseases.Treating disease that is yet to occur is one of the core concepts of TCM. Body Constitution Analysis can help doctors to detect problems of people in sub-health status and keep them from getting worse.
Tuina (Medical Massage)
Tuina (Medical Massage) has been developed through several thousand years to become a popular non-invasive treatment. It unclogs the body's built up energy in the meridian pathways while triggering the release of muscular tension and blood flow. This can help to restore the body to its equilibrium.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy as an essential part of Chinese medicine. It prepared from mugwort leaves (Artemisia vulgaris). Moxa sticks are held just above skin or fixed on needles. By burning the moxa over the acupuncture points, it can affects the flow of "Qi" and blood in the area being treated.
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin.Cupping creates a vacuum inside the cup and quickly places it onto the skin where treatment is needed. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes.
The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.
Despite having been used for centuries in China, Guasha is still a hidden gem in the Western World. During a guasha treatment the practitioner will use a specially designed blunt instrument, along with appropriate oils for lubrication, to scrape areas of the patients body. After a few moments the skin will begin to turn red and a particular kind of marking will start to appear (the skin is not broken and the patient should not feel any pain). This process helps to release toxins from the blood and stimulate local circulation. It provides almost instantaneous painrelief as well as allowing greater movement in joints and ligaments.