The origins of acupuncture lie in ancient China and can be traced back 5000 years. It is used to prevent and treat mental and physical disorders restoring the body's natural balance. The first Chinese Medical Textbook was written 2,500 years ago, more than 400 years before the Chinese made the first paper in the world. Acupuncture is not new in Britain. It was mentioned in the first issue of the medical journal 'The Lancet'. The long history itself is evidence for its effectiveness. How does acupuncture work?
A wide range of illnesses can be treated by acupuncture. It stimulates the body's self healing processes.
Depending on your condition, a course of individually tailored herbal capsules may be prescribed. These are made from the finest quality, concentrated herbal powders. Herbal prescriptions are normally available for collection or delivery within 24 hours of the consultation.
For some conditions, auricular acupressure may be employed. This involves stimulating special locations on the ears with very small herb-impregnated sticking plasters. The plasters are left in place for three or four days and can be re-stimulated by patients using a gentle squeezing action. Auricular acupressure is particularly useful in reducing cigarette or food cravings and is often used in stop smoking or weight loss programmes.
Cupping involves attaching small glass cups to the skin by means of vacuum pressure. The cups are normally left in place for a few minutes and may help to clear congestion within the body. Cupping is not painful but can leave slightly red, circular patches on the skin. These patches normally disappear after two or three days.
Tui na (pronounced twee nah) is a highly advanced massage system that uses Chinese medical theory to treat a range of physical and internal problems. Tui na is around 2500 year old making it one of the oldest documented types of massage. Despite tui na being relatively unheard of, many other types of massage and body work have evolved from tui na techniques.
Moxibustion is a treatment that brings heat directly into the body from burning a dried herb called mugwort. It is often combined with acupuncture. Moxa抯 heat penetrates the body quite profoundly and promotes a feeling of deep relaxation. A similar effect can also be achieved through the use of an infra-red heat lamp, which is also available at our clinic.