Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles in your skin at strategic points on your body. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago. Traditional Chinese theory explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi— believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body's natural painkillers and increase blood flow.

Chinese Herbal Medicines
The first reference to the Chinese using herbs dates back nearly 5000 years. There is a vast repertoire of herbal medicine textbooks that have been revised and supplemented over the centuries. In more recent times there has been an increasing amount of biomedical research into the efficacy of Chinese herbal medicines. Increasingly, Chinese herbs are being used in association with treatment provided by GP’s and other health care providers. Chinese Herbal medicine can be of benefit in helping to alleviate some of the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.
There are a number of ways that Chinese herbs can be prescribed. A Chinese herbalist diagnoses according to traditional methods and puts together a prescription to suit individual needs. Traditionally a combination of 10-20 dried herbs is boiled together and the resulting decoction taken daily. Herbs are also available as freeze dried granules.

Refers to the warming or heating of individual acupuncture points or regions of the body by burning the herb Artemisia close to or actually on the inserted needle. The heat is able to penetrate deeply into the muscles and essentially strengthens the actions of the needles. By drawing more Qi and Blood into the area, Moxa can greatly aid the healing process. It is the burning of Moxa which gives many acupuncture clinics their characteristic aroma!

The application of vacuum cups to the skin most commonly used on the back to increase the flow of Qi and Blood to the area. Cups frequently will leave circular bruises on the skin but these will not be painful and will clear after a few days.

Gua Sha
The practitioner will scrape the surface of the skin using a smooth blunt edged tool, causing localised redness. Frequently used in the treatment of children but also for adults particularly to relieve the symptoms of the common cold.

A particular style of massage used by traditional practitioners. With or without oil, the practitioner will massage the different areas of the body using a variety of techniques, frequently following the meridians or on specific acupuncture points.

Hot Rock Meridian Therapy
An ancient healing art originating over 2000 years ago in Ancient China. This unique form of massage incorporates smooth, heated stones into a massage session with oil frequently following the meridians or on specific acupuncture points.

Nutritional Therapy
To help empower you to change your eating habits for better health. Individual programs designed purely to suit your needs or just some advice to get you started.

Exercise Consultation

For fitness, good health, self defence or relaxation. Personal plans designed just for you, encouragement and advice to get you started and a highly qualified personal trainer is available.

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