Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
What is Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) incorporates many different facets in order to facilitate healing.
Although we use acupuncture needles it’s far more than just needles! Below shows the variety of different practices and methods used in TCM.
We can use acupuncture needles on over 300 plus locations on the body. Through our consultation with our client where we ask lots of questions we can then identify the 14 energy channels in the body which we need to work with. In Chinese medicine we always treat what we see.
We can also prescribe Chinese Herbal Medicine, which is amazing for any client. Our herbs are in powdered form and once taken twice a day, it is like having an acupuncture treatment twice a day. Once the symptoms disappear you stop taking the herbs…it’s as simple as that.
We use Moxibustion or Moxa, which is our heat stick, made from compressed mugwort. Once lit the smoke from the herb penetrates the skin adding heat and healing to the body. For example in post-partum care we use Moxa to help a C Section scar heal and to encourage the mothers body to recover safely and quicker.
We use cupping therapy which brings the blood to the surface of the skin causing the bruise like marks on the body. Cupping is my number one treatment for back and shoulder pain and will also boost the immune system and help the body recover quicker from any injury.
We use Gua Sha, which is a jade tool, used to scrape the skin. It can be used on the body and face and is great for moving blood and improving the tone of the skin.
For our treatment we use tongue diagnosis. I always ask my clients not to be offended when I ask them to stick out their tongue! The tongue in Chinese Medicine in like a map of the body. By assessing the tongue we can relate to different parts of the body on the tongue, we also take into account the colour, the shape, the length and the coating of the tongue. It is a great indicator of your state of health.
We use pulse diagnosis. One of the most fascinating tools in Chinese Medicine this tool can pick up a disorder on any channel or any organ.
We use nutrition. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is recommended we eat according to our excess or deficiency, and according to season. In Chinese Medicine we also like to treat like with like so the foods will mirror where we are deficient.
Your First Visit
Your first visit will involve a very detailed consultation which enables our therapist to make a diagnosis based on your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual state and may take up to 2 hours.
Members of private health insurance providers can claim a partial refund of some of the cost of your acupuncture treatment.