Acupuncture is the use of needles to regulate the body’s systems. Needles are normally inserted at selected points to achieve therapeutic effects. Bruising and tenderness can occur but are uncommon.
Those who are a little fearful of having needles inserted into their bodies need not worry. There are non-insertion ways of using the needles to achieve the same results.
My practice employs the following styles of acupuncture:
The use of barks, leaves, roots and sometimes animal products, such as oyster shells, to treat conditions. My herbal products are prescribed in granules and reconstituted into a tea to be consumed.
My Taiwanese herbal products used are subject to stringent quality controls and do not include ingredients made from endangered species.
The application of glass baubles to effect healing by drawing out toxins. It can also loosen up the fascia and muscles, thereby inducing relaxation and promoting blood circulation.
Depending on the conditions being treated, these can leave bruise-like marks that may take some weeks to clear.
A gentle scraping of the superficial layer of the acupuncture channels, using a flat implement made from buffalo’s horn or stone.
Depending on the patient’s conditions, these can leave bruise-like marks that may take some weeks to clear.
The administration of the herb mugwort to effect a treatment. The heated mugwort may be applied in rolled up form like a cigar, as a cone, or on needles to warm them.
My approach to treating any condition is simple: I work in partnership with you. The more diligently we work, the quicker and longer lasting the results. I will always ask about your history and background, not because I am nosey but so I can customise the treatment to your needs. For those who do not like the idea of needles penetrating their skin, I also practise a form of acupuncture which does not involve insertion.
Acupuncture is very beneficial for these issues and on occasions, the combination with herbs enhances the effects. I often talk through matters with my clients, challenge perspectives and suggest simple, effective, and gentle ways of moving forward.
It is important to understand the underlying causes of digestive issues. Sometimes it is physical but I find that often, there is an emotional component involved. Without resolving the latter, the physical side takes a longer time to improve, or if it does quickly, it tends to return as the cause has not been managed.
I have treated men and women to enhance their fertility with success, including supporting those on IVF. Acupuncture has been well established as a strong ancillary support to IVF. In circumstances where there has been no damage to tissue or organs, acupuncture and herbs along with lifestyle adjustments are sufficient to put both men and women on the road to a family.
The many causes for headaches and migraines range from physical constitution, lifestyle and diet to psycho-emotional aspects. In most cases, a course of acupuncture treatments is enough to reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches and migraines, if not resolved them entirely. At other times a combination of herbs can speed up the healing process.
It is quite ironic that those who strive to get fitter can end up with pretty bad joints, tight muscles and muscle aches. For some, the problems are protracted and chronic. I have successfully treated many with such conditions using acupuncture, liniments and changes in lifestyles as well as correcting their postures.
This is a general term that covers long-term issues like asthma and hypersensitivity to dust, through to poor habits of breathing. For the latter, I would teach simple ways of practising deeper breathing. For more severe conditions, treatment can range from acupuncture to moxibustion, cupping, gua sha and herbs, or a variety of those combinations. The approach is customised to the individual.
These issues tend to be chronic and persistent. Physically, they can be frustrating: itchy, stinging, the weepy wounds etc. which all affect one’s self-image. A combination of acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle readjustments can improve the condition significantly.