Chinese herbal medicine has developed over thousands of years and involves the use of primarily plant-based products ranging from exotic species to more common ingredients such as ginger and liquorice. While it originated in China it is now used across the world to provide treatment for a wide range of conditions. It is a health system that is used preventatively, the idea is to treat imbalance before it becomes chronic or is too hard to change. Herbal medicines are individually prescribed to each person as they present on that day and are altered as patterns begin to shift or the focus of the treatment changes. Herbs are used more for internal conditions as they can directly affect the physiology of the body, such as the organ systems and the blood or fluids.
Cupping, Moxa, Gua Sha, Electroacupuncture
Cupping has a history almost as long as acupuncture. This therapy involves using cups made of varying materials (usually glass, plastic or silicone) that are placed on the skin after the oxygen has been removed. This creates a vacuum causing the skin to be pulled up into the cup slightly. The cup may be left in one position or moved around the musculature (called sliding cups) and this is what causes the dark circular marks that are so recognisable. Cupping is used to move stagnated qi, blood, lymph and other fluids and assist tight muscles & fascia to stretch, enabling more flexibility and flow to occur again. It is most often used for tight and painful musculature on the back and for respiratory conditions where it can help to detoxify pathogens via the skin.
Gua Sha, sometimes known as scraping, is the practice of using a round edged massage tool, usually a spoon, to scrape the skin and stimulate blood flow or release toxins. The friction from the scraping action causes small red dots to appear on the surface of the skin and open up the pores. Gua sha literally means “scrape-toxin” and, similar to cupping, helps disperse the climatic factors that cause build-up or blockages. It might be used to remove cold, heat, numbness or stiffness and pain in the body.
Moxibustion (moxa) is a dried and compressed form of the herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). It’s usually rolled into a stick or placed on the end of a needle where it is burnt near the skin to produce a warm sensation on that specific point. The intention might be to add warmth and Yang energy to an acupuncture point or region which helps to remove stagnation caused from cold. It can be used to disperse fluids, boost the immune system or maintain general health.
Electro is an increasingly popular form of acupuncture that can be used on many different conditions. It works just like a tens machine but instead of pads attached to the skin, a set of wires are connected to acupuncture needles around the problem area and a pulse is directed through them. The intensity and speed of the pulses are altered by the practitioner depending on the condition being treated. This technique uses two needles at a time so the electric impulse can pass from one needles to another and several pairs of needles can be used simultaneously. The aim of the treatment is to facilitate Qi and blood flow and promote healing and it’s considered useful for chronic conditions that have a lot of stagnation or areas that don’t have a huge blood supply, such as the knee joint. Electroacupuncture should not be used on patients who have a history of seizures, epilepsy, heart disease or strokes, or on patients with pacemakers.
Chinese Remedial Massage
Like usual remedial massage, this is soft and deep tissue massage that works on the muscles, tendons, ligaments and skin. The difference is that the Chinese Medicine framework is taken into account. The practitioner will work on the meridians and acupuncture points, will include some acupressure and work with things like the direction of the Qi flow and the function of each of the points used. This is often a mixture of both western and eastern disciplines, it is a relaxing and energetic form of massage for both tired aching muscles and stress conditions. Some massage will often be a part of your acupuncture treatment.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
This treatment is a gentle & natural approach to anti-aging which enhances your looks and improves general wellbeing. Our face is an important part of our identity, so when we look our best we also feel our best. The treatment uses very fine needles (as fine as a strand of hair) that are made especially for use on the face, which are inserted using different techniques on different areas of the face to stimulate the desired response such as; softening lines and wrinkles, lift sagging, increase firmness and tone in the face and improving circulation for that bright, even and radiant skin you have always dreamed of. For optimal results facial rejuvenation acupuncture is used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat the root cause of the problem, so your inner health is reflected outwardly.
What are the potential benefits of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA)?
- FRA Hydrates the skin by increasing circulation of blood and lymph to the face
- FRA Improves the firmness and elasticity of the skin and plumps up sunken areas
- FRA Helps lift drooping and sagging
- FRA Helps eliminate fine lines and soften deeper wrinkles
- FRA Improves the complexion – leaving radiant, glowing skin
- FRA Brightens the eyes and improves their appearance
- FRA Softens Acne scarring and Improves hormonal balance to reduce acne
- FRA Relaxes the face and reduces the effect of stress on the face
- FRA Leaves you feeling relaxed, restored, refreshed and rejuvenated.
Results vary from person to person, depending on the individual’s health and the original condition of the skin, but many people report an improvement within 48 hours of the first treatment; however, in order to experience significant results it is recommended to have 6 – 8 treatments – one to two treatment per week, followed by monthly maintenance treatments.