Acupuncture has been practised for over 2,000 years, and is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of health problems. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile, single use needles along the meridians, to stimulate specially selected points on the body, to mobilise Qi. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal and aims to correct any disharmony in the energetic balance of the body. Acupuncture can have far reaching and profound benefits on health and well being; research is continually being done to further understand its powerful effects.
Acupuncture can help with the following: pain reduction/management, musculo-skeletal, joint and nerve related conditions, smoking cessation, digestion problems, weight management, inflammatory conditions, migraines, gynaecological problems, fertility, stress and emotional problems, hypertension, fatigue, insomnia and many other conditions.
Moxibustion (Moxa) – Moxa is a Chinese herb which is burnt to create a warming sensation. It is applied on top of inserted needles or can be used through other mediums. Its purpose is to warm the meridian to further boost the flow of Qi.
Cupping – Glass cups are used to create suction on parts of the body. The cups can be used with or without oils and may be moved during treatment to cover more than one area. The purpose of cupping is to remove blockages or stagnation of Qi and blood, by concentrating the flow of Qi and blood to specific areas. It is commonly used for shoulder and back problems.
What can I expect from a treatment?
You will have a consulation in which you will be asked about your health and lifestyle factors. Marie will also look at your tongue and take your pulses, in order to make a Chinese medical diagnosis (this is not the same as Western medical diagnosis). It is important that you fully disclose your health condition and medication at the consultation so that any contraindications can be considered. You should not feel any pain from acupuncture, although some sensation should be felt once the needles have been inserted, this is normal, and is required for treatment to be effective. If you have any concerns needles, nervous please talk to Marie and she will help put you at ease. Needles are usually left in place for between 30-40 minutes. Marie will ensure you are warm and comfortable throughout your treatment.
Before treatment: please ensure that you are not too hungry, have not consumed a heavy meal, alcohol or recreational drugs.