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The different Acupuncture treatments explained

Techniques such as cupping, moxibustion, tui na and gua sha can be used alongside the insertion of needles in order to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.




Cupping is a treatment where fire is used to create a vacuum within glass cups which are then placed on the skin. This treatment is often used for the relief of muscle pain and at the beginning of a cold or flu. The cupping will leave a mark which will disappear after a few days.

moxa   Moxa, moxibustion

Moxa, used in moxibustion, which is a treatment often used alongside the insertion of needles. The Chinese herb mugwort is burnt either on the end of a needle or directly on the patient's skin. This produces a gentle heat which is relaxing and warming and does not burn the skin. A moxa stick is also used frequently.


Gua sha

Gua sha involves stroking a horn or jade tool over an area of skin. It is useful for pain, fever or for relieving tense muscles.


Tui na

Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and Traditional Chinese Medicine principles to bring the body into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body's defensive chi and stimulate the acupressure points to get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. These techniques are mainly used in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

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Cosmetic/ Facial Acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture is a safe and holistic treatment which aims to rejuvenate the skin, reduce fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of the aging process. It is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to more conventional treatments which doesn’t carry the risk of the side-effects of botox injections or a surgical facelift, and has been endorsed by celebrities such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cher.

Cosmetic acupuncture works in tandem with traditional acupuncture treatment, the latter working on the overall balance of the individuals energy and systems. Cosmetic acupuncture starts with diagnosis of general health and skin conditions and involves the use of massage, gua sha and needles as appropriate.

Lifestyle and Dietary Advice may also be recommended in conjunction with your treatment.


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