Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbs have been use for thousands of years to help boost the immune system, enhance the digestive system and balance the body and keep the oxygen and blood moving. We use herbal medicine for pain, sports injury, detoxification and tonification of the body. All herbs are available in clinic with a treatment.

 

Cupping, Gua sha and Moxibustion

These are other techniques used in clinic with acupuncture or on their own.

Cupping

Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine that creates a suction designed to bring blood to the acupuncture point, using small glass cups. After the cups are have been applied they can gently be moved over the skin. The suction causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be drawn slightly into the cup. Cups are generally left in place for 10 minutes. Cupping loosens muscles, encourages blood flow, and sedates the nervous system.

Used for:

  • high blood pressure
  • respiratory conditions
  • detoxification
  • back and neck pain
  • stiff muscles
  • anxiety
  • fatigue
  • migraines
  • rheumatism
  • removal of cellulite
  • weight loss

Gua sha

Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Gua sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing. The scraping of the skin produces red marks, that help with pain, chronic ailments.

Uses of Gua sha:

  • headache,migraine
  • neck, shoulder, back and knee pain
  • fever, flu
  • asthma, bronchitis
  • any musculoskeletal conditions

Moxibustion – Moxa

Moxibustion is the burning of herbs (mugwort) held over or applied to an acupuncture point to aid with healing. It is used to smooth the flow of blood, and to turn babies. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had their babies rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point.

Used for:

  • injury, joint pain, arthritis
  • reducing pain with menstruation
  • turning breech & posterior baby’s
  • increasing blood flow to pelvic area and uterus
  • sluggish digestion
  • depression and low mood

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