Patients who may have had previous experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine are seeking specific modalities of treatment. Some patients are seeking help from us because other forms of treatment have been tried and been found ineffective for their specific problem. They may be unsure of what types of treatment may be of the most benefit for them and for the alleviation of their complaint. Some people are stressed and sore and just need a good massage!
We are experienced and highly qualified practitioners and are able to accommodate all these kinds of patients. We place a high degree of importance on spending one-on-one time with our patients in order to clearly understand your needs and to properly answer any questions you may have about your treatment and your expectations of treatment outcomes.
Below is a short list of our "tools of the trade" for you to read through so you can have some knowledge of what to expect as far as your treatment experience is concerned.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and is a proven beneficial treatment that’s extremely safe and gentle. Most patients relax deeply during acupuncture and sometimes fall asleep. We are are able to provide different styles of acupuncture treatment according to the patient's needs. For patients who are averse to needles, or for whom acupuncture is inappropriate, other modalities such as those listed below can be used instead.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine is often provided either as a primary treatment by itself or in conjunction with acupuncture and other kinds of treatment. We use granulated herbs and mix all herbal formulas on the premises in order to ensure that each formula is individualised for each clients specific pattern of complaints. All information regarding ingredients is freely avaiable and we proudly adhere to the guidelines set out in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).
Cupping therapy ia an ancient form of alternative medicine in which we put special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many reasons, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
It's what you can smell when you walk into the clinic. Moxibustion,or "moxa", is a term that refers to the therapeutic technique of applying heat to either specific acupuncture points or broader areas of the body such as the sacrum (low back) or abdomen. A dried, spongy form of the mugwort plant is burned near the body to elicit a comforting, penetrating warmth to body tissues and in doing so, facilitating blood and energy flow resulting in a reduction in pain and inflammation in the body. While there are certain instances where moxibustion should not be applied, we feel that it is an essential and wonderful aspect of traditional East Asian medicine that constantly proves itself useful either by itself or, more commonly, in conjunction with acupuncture and massage.
Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Practitioners believe gua sha releases unhealthy elements from injured arears and stimulates blood flow and healing. Gua sha is sometimes referred to as "spooning" or "coining".
A type of massage therapy, deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It's used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Deep tissue massage is used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.
Electro Magnetic Therapy
Electro Magnetic Therapeutic Heat Lamp
It alleviates aches and pains as well as other symptoms in a wide range of ailments by assisting the body’s natural healing process. The lamp projects a narrow band of infrared rays that are specifically suited to subsurface heating of the human body. This type of heat increases blood circulation to injured areas, promoting tissue repair. Using the lamp helps heal soft tissue damage, strains, sports injuries and wound infections where localised warmth provides comfort and promotes the healing process. The lamp has also been used successfully to reduce the unsightly effects of acne, neuro-dermatitis and eczema. Burns, and bedsores also respond well to infrared heat therapy.
What is Auriculotherapy?
Often described as reflexology for the ear, there are hundreds of points on the ear that are believed to represent a microsystem of the whole body, with points for areas both physical and emotional.
The stimulation of these points is known as Auriculotherapy.
Ear seeds stimulate those points naturally and non-invasively.
Small black seeds from the vaccaria plant or metal pellets are secured on the ear with a piece of adhesive tape over specific acupressure points. The continuous mild pressure they exert is amplified by stimulating the seed with a few seconds of fingertip massage every few hours.