Additional Therapies

Moxa and moxibustion

Moxibustion is an important part of Chinese medicine and an integral part of acupuncture. It has wide uses in healing, and is warm and nourishing with a distinct smell, helping to maintain health and strengthen the immune system; moving qi and blood in order to improve circulation, which in turn can relieve pain or muscle tension.

Moxibustion is the method of heating specific acupuncture points or
meridians by burning the herb mugwort (Artemis Vulgaris) either on an acupuncture needle or near to the skin. Most patients find the smell and warmth pleasant and relaxing.

Cupping

Cupping can be used as part of acupuncture treatment, or as a standalone therapy. it focuses on meridians or on certain acupuncture points.

The term “Cupping” applies to a technique that uses small glass, plastic cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved
across the skin.

The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety,fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.

Auricular acupuncture

Ear acupuncture works on the basis that the ear is a microsystem that reflects the whole body, in same way that reflexology works with the foot. It is a healthcare system which can alleviate acute pain or treat more chronic conditions and is widely used for addiction, cessation of smoking or weight loss in conjunction with a related programme.

It is also helpful in alleviating stress or anxiety. Needles, ear seeds, magnets or massage may be used to stimulate ear points. It can also be used together with acupuncture for certain treatments.

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