Treatments

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

What can Acupuncture treat? Acupuncture is effective in treating most ailments presented at a GP’s surgery. It is especially valuable in chronic diseases that orthodox medicine can only alleviate with drugs. Acupuncture also recognises and treats many disharmonies that have no medical diagnosis, a non-specific ‘not quite right’ feeling characterized by any of the following: tiredness, lethargy, vague aches and pains, digestive problems, difficulty in sleeping, anxiety, tension, palpitations or dizziness. People with addictions to smoking, drugs or alcohol may be helped by...

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Acupressure

Acupressure

What is Acupressure and how does it work? Acupressure is given instead of, or in addition to, acupuncture. Acupressure is essentially acupuncture without needles. Different massage methods are used with strong stimulation to specific acupuncture points on the body. Acupressure works like acupuncture to stimulate the flow of Qi (energy) and blood along the meridians to heal the body. It is very comfortable and relaxing and is usually the patient’s favourite part of the treatment. Does Acupressure massage hurt? Acupressure massage uses the professional’s hands to alter the function,...

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine? Is Chinese medicine unpleasant in taste? Most people find that the tea is at least a little bitter and sometimes unpleasant to taste. Honey can be added as a sweetener but it is generally accepted that the benefits of the medicine far outweigh the bitter taste. Traditionally, Chinese herbs are boiled in a soup, or as a tea, to extract the essence of the herbs, which is then drunk by the patient. However, the herbal capsules make Chinese Herbal Therapy more accessible and convenient for busy, modern lifestyles. Should I continue taking medicine prescribed by...

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Reflexology

Reflexology

History of Reflexology Traditional Asian healing arts have included techniques for massaging the feet, hands and body to assist the healing of tissues and organs. Early records in China indicate a form of reflexology was practiced 5,000 years ago. In Egypt a pictograph in the tomb of the physician Imhotep, who was practicing medicine about the same time, 2300 BC, clearly shows one person massaging another’s feet. Reflexology Treatment The treatment environment is set up similarly to massage; subdued lighting, soothing music, perhaps a healing fragrance wafts the air. The patient lies...

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Tui Na Massage

Tui Na Massage

All hospitals in China that are devoted to Traditional Chinese Medicine include a massage clinic along with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Chinese massage was developed over 2,000 years ago and was popular in the Tang, Ming, and Qing dynasties. The Chinese call this therapeutic bodywork TUI NA, which literally means push and pull. TuiNa works with the energy system in the body, (Chi), which flows through channels called meridians. By stimulating, or subduing, the energy in the body practitioners help bring the patient’s body back into balance. To determine what meridians need work TuiNa...

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Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy

How Cupping Therapy is done The therapist uses a number of glass cups which look like small fish bowls. Each cup is heated with a naked flame. The cup is then quickly applied to the skin. This creates a vacuum. The suction anchors the cup to the body and the area of skin covered is drawn up a few millimetres into the cup. The cups are then left on the body whilst the area beneath is treated and the energy, or Qi, is moved. Cupping therapy is normally used on its own but can be combined with other therapies. Tim Handley had conventional acupuncture and cupping therapy for a painful shoulder....

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