Acupuncture treatment involes the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific sites (acu-points) along the body’s meridians. Stimulating these acu-points clears energy blockages and encourages the normal flow of chi though the body.
The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of chi.
Moxibustuion is a therapy commonly used in conjuction with acupuncture. It involves he use of dried leaves of the mugwort(Artemisa Vulgaris) plant, commonly called moxa. Moxa sticks are most commonly used. They burn to a point allowing concentrated herbal heat to be applied to an acu-point.
The slow smouldering nature of this herb, when compressed into cones or sticks, allows removal from the acu-pont area if it becomes too hot.
The purpose of moxibustion is to stimulate the flow of chi and remove blockages in the meridian channels .
Suction cups are placed at various points on the body and create a vacuum that draws toxins and wasters to the surface of the skin. This stimulates the person’s protective energy and consequently their immune system and improves circulation. It is used to treat colds and chest problems, sport injuries, musculoskeletal probems and neurological disorders, including back pain and sciatica.
Reflexology is a natural healing art, based on the study of reflex areas on the feet corresponding to all the parts of the body including major organs. It is application of pressure to specific areas on the reflex areas on the feet. Reflexology helps to clear out congestion, release blocked energy and improve circulation. It promotes the immune system and assists prevention against disease. It may help relieve pain associated with migraine, sinus problems, digestive problems, back problems, tension and stress, and also some aspects of cancer treatment by strengthening the natural immune system.