Moxibustion

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese therapy that uses moxa made from dried mugwort. It can be used indirectly as a moxa stick or burnt on the patient’s skin. Moxa is applied to the acupuncture points stimulating circulation, thus inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. I use moxa in conjunction with acupuncture for cold and deficient...

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is understood that all disease is the result of disharmony. The disharmony may be in: the qi and blood system the yin/yang balance an organ (Zang fu) a meridian, or the interaction between the human body and the environment. Qi and blood are closely associated. When qi moves blood will flow after it. If you have pain this means there is qi and blood stagnation, i.e. qi and blood are not flowing smoothly through your body. When blood and qi flow harmoniously the body receives good nourishment and will recover more quickly from injury or disease. Yin (blood) is the material foundation of Yang (mind). If your body has abundant blood you will be naturally content. Your mental well-being is dependent on the quality of blood in your body. In TCM each organ is associated with a different emotion, and this is another way of looking at the relationship between body and mind. Emotional disturbances interfere with proper organ function — strong negative emotions distract organs from doing their jobs. Therefore, excessive or prolonged emotional disturbance will lead to disease. Conversely, if one of your organs is compromised (in disharmony, or not functioning properly), you will be prone to experiencing the emotion related to that organ. For example, a disharmony of the Liver organ will tend to make you irritable; habitual worrying may be caused by either a disharmony of the spleen or a weakness of the stomach. Meridians are energy pathways through which qi flows to nourish and energise the human body. There are twelve primary meridians, each corresponding to a different organ. Along with the twelve primary meridians there are eight extraordinary meridians which present a deeper level of energetic structuring. When the qi associated with a particular organ system is in a condition of excess, deficiency or stagnation, this may cause a blockage or imbalance in the flow of qi, resulting in disease. Acupuncture treatment corrects imbalance in the flow of qi and resolves blockage, thereby allowing the body’s correct function to be restored. Your environment and lifestyle will also affect your health. Stress, overwork, lack of sleep or nutritional deficiencies are just some ways in which your environment will impact on your body. Climatic factors (sudden temperature changes etc.) may also cause diseases: when the body’s protective qi is weak the body can’t adapt to environmental change. Ongoing environmental challenges cause disharmony or imbalance. As well as giving you treatment to correct these imbalances, your TCM practitioner may offer dietary or lifestyle advice. Different patterns of disharmony require different treatment. In order to determine which pattern is present a TCM practitioner will take your pulses, examine your tongue and ask questions about general body function. Where Western medicine tends to treat the disease, TCM treats the individual. This means a TCM practitioner won’t necessarily treat two people with the...

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Shiatsu

Posted by on May 23, 2013

Shiatsu

The word Shiatsu is made up of the Japanese words Shi (finger) and Atsu (pressure); when literally translated from Japanese it means “pressure with fingers“. Now recognised all over the world, Shiatsu is a massage technique that stimulates acupressure points. A shiatsu therapist uses finger and palm pressure, stretches, rolling and patting. These techniques stimulate qi flow in the meridians, thereby invigorating blood circulation, alleviating pain, relaxing muscles and calming the mind. When finger pressure is applied to Tubo (acupressure points) you may feel a sensation between pain and pleasure. Many people enjoy this pleasure/pain sensation. Receiving Shiatsu is an enjoyable experience, a tonic for the body and mind. Shiatsu is one of a number of traditional practices used to prevent disease. However, Shiatsu can also treat a variety of ailments: acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, digestive disorders, respiratory problems, and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. When doing Shiatsu to treat health problems, I often use it in conjunction with acupuncture, as I have found this gives maximum therapeutic results. What I like about Shiatsu is that it is a hand-on treatment, so it is a very comforting and nurturing form of therapy. It is natural to put your hands on the site of pain — a child’s sore tummy, or perhaps your own head, because this gives comfort and may even take some of the pain away. Hands themselves have a lot of healing power. I am confident you will enjoy Shiatsu therapy and will feel revitalized by...

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Acupuncture

Posted by on May 23, 2013

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment with a very low risk of side-effects. It uses very fine, sterile, disposable needles, which are inserted just below the surface of the skin. This does not cause pain, although you may feel a qi sensation. When the needles penetrate the skin, qi is stimulated. Stimulated qi will move, and blood will flow after qi. Acupuncture corrects qi and blood stagnation, and therefore relieves pain. The aim of acupuncture is to help qi and blood flow harmoniously through the body, thus nourishing the body and bringing it back into balance. Learn more on the conditions or problems Acupuncture can help...

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