Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory views the physical body and the mind as an
integrated whole. It is therefore possible for TCM treatments to address a number of
symptoms of discomfort at the same time, such as physical pain and mental health

These treatment methods aim to help improve energy levels, alleviate pain and
discomfort, benefit mental health, improve sleep, strengthen and support the physical
body and help promote health.

As Chinese medicine theory aims to correct the underlying cause of discomfort,
another advantage is the ability to also prevent recurrence. As both a system of
medicine and a philosophy for living Chinese medicine transforms illness into an
enriched awareness of how your behaviours and choices affect your health. The
system of Chinese Medicine is an elegant health care system which seeks not only to
eliminate symptoms of illness but to enhance quality of life.


Acupuncture is one of the oldest established systems of medicine in the world with a
clearly recorded written history dating back almost 2000 years. Acupuncture is the
gentle insertion of very fine (about the thickness of a human hair) needles at specific
locations on the body (acupoints) in order to influence the flow of your body’s Qi (vital
energy, pronounced "chee") and to bring about harmony of all energetic processes.

The majority of acupoints are located along energetic channels called meridians which
form an elegant integrated energy network. There are hundreds of commonly used
acupoints, each point has unique energetic actions and therapeutic benefits and the
specific combination of acupoints is individually tailored during each treatment session.

A technique called moxibustion is occasionally used in combination with acupuncture
where the moxa, the dried herb Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort), is safely burned like
incense near selected acupoints in order to gently warm the Qi, relax the body and
enhance the effect of acupuncture treatment.

An acupuncture consultation and treatment session will consider your medical history,
presenting symptoms and aims to identify and correct any Qi disharmonies. The focus
is on you as an individual rather than on your condition as all symptoms are related to
each other within a much greater picture of health.

      "to treat a part is to treat the whole"

Acupuncture can help:
  • Relieve pain and discomfort
  • Ease tension and promote relaxation
  • Improve digestion and relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms
  • Relieve fatigue and improve energy levels
  • Treat addictions of smoking, drugs and alcohol
  • Promote and maintain health

Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle Modification

Diet, exercise and lifestyle modification are three
complementary self-care methods which you can
incorporate to help promote health and therapeutic
benefit of other TCM treatments.

1. TCM dietary therapy - gives you knowledge to
choose appropriate foods to complement your TCM
health picture Through its holistic philosophy, TCM
dietary therapy provides you with knowledge of how
to moderate and balance indulgences whilepromoting
health all year round.

2. Exercise is a key component in TCM as our bodies
derive energy from activity and movement. The type of
exercise and the environment in which exercise is carried
out all promote different aspects of energy flow. It is
important to note that the nature of exercise advised as
most beneficial can also extend to recommending you
avoid certain exercises as not all exercise is "good exercise" for all people.

3. A TCM lifestyle is the cumulative result of all behaviours which help to define your
unique health picture. There are many aspects of lifestyle (physical, mental, emotional,
spiritual) which contribute to defining health and healing is aided by assuming lifestyle
patterns which facilitate health to emerge.
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