Treatment Methods

TCM theory views the mind and the physical body as an integrated whole where even
seemingly unrelated symptoms are seen connected and treatments are able to address
more than one complaint at the same time. A great advantage is it's
ability to
simultaneously help alleviate symptoms of discomfort and correct the underlying cause
(s) to prevent recurrence.

TCM employs acupuncture, acupressure, Tui Na (pronounced
"twee na") Chinese massage and making diet and lifestyle changes to help improve
energy levels, alleviate pain and discomfort, benefit mood and sleep, strengthen and
support the physical body and help promote health. As both a system of medicine and
a philosophy for living TCM transforms illness into an enriched awareness of the
choices that effect your health.
The system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 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) to influence the flow of your body’s Qi (vital energy,
pronounced "chee") in order 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 session will consider your medical history and presenting symptoms
and a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) consultation will be conducted to determine
your energetic picture and how best to promote it. The focus is on you as an individual,
rather than on your condition, and 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

Acupressure, Tui Na Chinese Massage and Cupping

Acupressure, Tui Na and cupping are integral TCM therapeutic techniques and can be
used in combination with, or instead of, acupuncture. Acupressure involves applying
firm and gentle pressure directly to acupoints, Tui Na incorporates a variety of vigorous
and deeply relaxing massage and manipulation techniques in order to promote the flow
of Qi and cupping is the gentle application of suction cups to specific areas of the body
to help provide relief of pain and discomfort.

Tui Na Chinese massage, acupressure and cupping are able to help:
  • Relieve pain and discomfort
  • Improve joint mobility
  • Alleviate tension
  • Promote relaxation

Acupressure and Tui Na Chinese massage are also able to help many non-
musculoskeletal conditions, for example when applied to the face and scalp can help
relieve tension and anxiety and clear blocked sinuses, or when applied to the abdomen
and/or lower back can help benefit digestion. As with acupuncture, a Tui Na Chinese
massage treatment session will still include a full health consultation and TCM analysis
to diagnose the nature of imbalance and determine the most beneficial acupressure
point and Tui Na treatment plan.

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

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to
change ourselves."--- Victor Frankl

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
while promoting 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.

Usui Reiki Therapy

Reiki (pronounced "ray-kee") is a universal energy healing technique which involves a
gentle placing of the practitioner's hands on or near areas of the body such as the
head, abdomen, back, hands and feet. Treatments are carried out fully clothed in a
sitting or lying down position.

Reiki works by balancing energy to help alleviate discomfort and to promote health.
Reiki, is incredibly relaxing and can be used to support any health complaint, although
it has a much more subtle effect than acupuncture. Usui Reiki originates from Japan,
having first been discovered in the early 1900's by Dr Mikao Usui. Reiki comes from two
Japanese words; Rei and Ki; Rei translates as "the universal" and Ki translates as "life
energy", where Ki is the Japanese equivalent of Qi in TCM. An integral part of the
ancient wisdom of many cultures recognises a powerful life energy which flows through
all living things and directly affects the quality of health. Reiki differs from most other
types of healing as it does not involve transmission of the practitioner's own energy but
rather Reiki is a channelling of a universal energy external to the physical body and
which is accessible to everyone. Reiki has no harmful effects and can be used by
anyone, of any constitution including adults, children, infants and even animals.
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