Acupuncture is an integral part of the rapid growth of complementary therapy around the world. Acupuncture is an holistic approach to health based on over 2,000 years of development and refinement in China.
Following three years of study with the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland I qualified as an acupuncturist.
Although sometimes described merely as a means of pain relief, acupuncture is actually used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall wellbeing of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. The skill of an acupuncturist lies in their ability to make a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony. The exact pattern and degree of disharmony is unique to each individual and so following diagnosis, the acupuncturist puts together a personalised treatment plan.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy - known as qi (Chi)- moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin. The flow of qi can be disturbed by many factors, physical, mental and emotional: anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help to restore its natural balance.
A procedure in which pulses of weak electrical current are sent through acupuncture needles into acupuncture points in the skin. This procedure is being studied in the prevention of nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy in the USA.
My clients have found this treatment is also very beneficial for the relief of pain, like sciatica, back pain, tennis elbow and frozen shoulder to name but a few.
Tui Na (Tuina) Massage
Tui na is a bodywork therapy that was developed in China over 2,000 years ago. It works with the energy system in the body known as the meridian system. Like Acupuncture, Tui na works with the Qi (chi) energy of the patient to bring a balanced state of health. But unlike, acupuncture, no needles are used. The work is done entirely with my hands to help increase the beneficial flow of Qi through the patient's meridian system.
As a qualified Tui Na practicioner I have learnt how to diagnose the patient by feeling the pulse. The pulse tells me which meridians may need stimulation and which may need to be subdued in order to bring the patient to a state of balanced health.
Today, Tui na is used in hospitals throughout China in conjunction with other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tui na practitioners in China are treated with the same respect as doctors of acupuncture and herbology and often these modalities work hand in hand as a holistic approach to patient well-being.
Moxa is a special Chinese herb which is applied externally, it has a unique spongy texture and a long history of medical use.
There are a variety of methods for the practice of moxibustion depending on the style of treatment and the condition of the patient. The ignited moxa pole is held above the point or area being treated, and does not come into contact with the skin. Most patients experience a pleasant warming sensation and report feeling very comfortable and relaxed during the treatment.
Cupping is a method of treatment in which a glass phial or jar is attached to the skin surface to cause local congestion through the negative pressure created. This type of treatment has been practised by the chinese for thousand of years.
Cupping has the function of warming and promoting the flow of energy in the blood thus dispelling cold, dampness, toxins and winds. It also diminishes swellings and pains.