What is Chinese medicine?
Chinese Medicine is a system of primary health care, consisting of the modalities Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Remedial massage, amongst others. The primary feature of Chinese medicine is the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony, balance and order to the individual. Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes, focusing as much on the prevention of illness as it does on the treatment of disease.
What to expect?
One Initial 1-hour consultation and Two Return 45-minute follow-up sessions are booked at the initial outset of the treatment course; with any Chinese Herbal medicine prescriptions and/or products sold during the consultation/s being an additional cost to the client.
Consultations involve undertaking a complete case history and assessment of the clients presenting complaint and associated signs and symptoms; whilst exploring any past or present underlying cause/s that may also have contributed to the illness or disease presented to the clinic on the day. Important areas of questioning are inquired into regarding general health; genetic predispositions, dietary and lifestyle habits, sleeping patterns, psychological well-being, social and environmental factors and more.
- Focuses on drug-free pain relief
- Effective in the treatment of acute and chronic ailments as shown in research studies that have been collated in the Acupuncture Evidence Project.
- A holistic approach by addressing the underlying cause of the condition, as well as the symptoms. The approach links body, mind and emotions.
- Assists in the prevention against disease and the maintenance of general well-being
How it works?
The origins of acupuncture can be traced back over 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest health care systems in the world. Today, acupuncture supports the treatment of a wide number of conditions.
Involving the gentle insertion of fine, single-use, sterile Acupuncture needles, into specific locations on the body called Acupuncture points. These Acupuncture points connect along the body, forming energetic channels known as meridians. Needle insertion is quick and relatively pain free, producing a state of relaxation; returning the body to a state of equilibrium and optimal function by clearing blockages and encouraging the normal flow of Qi throughout the body.
The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including manual therapies, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping and moxibustion to name a few, in order to rebalance the flow of Qi within the body.
Remedial Massage and Shiatsu
Musculoskeletal therapy is the focus of soft tissue manipulation and skeletal alignment. It is utilized in treatment to establish harmony, balance and relaxation throughout the various areas of the physical body. Manual techniques are applied to the Acu-points, trigger points, fascia, muscles and bones within the body. A treatment may require the client to remain fully clothed or partially uncovered depending on the course of the treatment; oil and medicated liniments may be used.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Takes a holistic approach to understanding optimal bodily function and the complexity of varying disease processes, focusing as much on the prevention of an illness as on the outcome of the illness itself. A stand-alone treatment in itself, or an adjunct therapy to the treatment of Acupuncture in clinic; it bolsters, extends and sustains the benefits and outcomes of any intended treatment course long after the client has left the clinic.
A registered herbalist is able to prescribe Chinese herbal medicine that specifically match and treat an individual and any individual health condition. As a condition changes and improves in time, the herbal formula may be adapted and modified accordingly, until such time that the desired outcome is achieved.
Often used in conjunction with Acupuncture, cupping is a method of introducing heat into a glass cup and then placing it directly on the surface of the body creating a sealed vacuum. Improving circulation to the local area, while relaxing the surrounding muscle fibers; reducing inflammation and improving the flow of blood and lymph within the body, enabling a deep sense of bodily relaxation. It acts from the most superficial skin layer, to the deeper muscle and connective tissue layers within the body, acting as a corrective deep-tissue remedial massage; ideal for athletes or active individuals who require advancement in recovery from muscle fatigue, overuse, injury, and/or any pain associated conditions.
A key component frequently utilised in conjunction with Acupuncture is the therapy of igniting the Chinese herb known as Moxa, directly or in-directly on the surface of the body or on the head of the Acupuncture needle itself. Commonly rolled into either a cone shape, pressed into a rice grain sized shape or produced as a cigar sized roll; depending on its desired use and intended function. Moxibustion can be used in a diverse range of illnesses due to its ability to penetrate the most superficial outer exterior, into the much deeper internal layers of the body itself.
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