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Cupping is perhaps a less well-known technique used in Chinese medicine. It can feel very relaxing.
Small glass cups are placed on the skin and used as suction devices . Placing an inverted cup over a small flame creates the suction.
Moving the cups gently across the skin, combiend with the suction causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup - a kind of "inverted massage" - with a gentle upwards pressure. Many patients, find this a very pleasant experience.
Cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, clear congestion and calm the nervous system.
It often - temporarily - leaves bruise-like marks on the skin. These are painless and resolve over a few days
Acupuncture is a safe and effective technique that encourages the body’s natural healing abilities.
Fine, sterile needles are inserted into the skin at specific sites around the body - commonly known as acupuncture points or acupoints .
A safe and effective treatment, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and in many parts of the world it is used within primary health care.
Although it is widely used for reducing or relieving pain, it may be used for other ailments.
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Acupuncture is rooted in an ancient practice, yet very beneficial in the here and now; helping to restore and maintain our health and well being in our busy and demanding lives.
If you are unsure whether acupuncture could help you, I can offer a 15minute consultation, free of obligation, free of charge
Moxibustion is an essential part of Chinese medicine which uses moxa, a soft woolly substance prepared from mugwort leaves (Artemisia vulgaris).
Moxa is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the effect of the treatment. The dried herb, Moxa, is used like incense to gently and safely warm the body, relax muscles and supplement qi.
This can feel comforting and deepen the feeling of relaxation
I have now resumed practice, with precautions to protect against the virus. If you, like many, have experienced either physical or mental health issues through the lockdown period, please contact me to see how I could help you.