Restore Your Body’s Natural Balance With Acupuncture
Acupuncture involves very fine, sterilised, disposable metal needles being inserted into specific acupuncture points in the skin. Point selection and stimulation correct imbalances in the flow of qi, which flows through channels known as meridians, throughout the body, thus working to restore health and wellbeing.
Acupuncture may be a very relaxing and effective treatment. Often you will feel the benefits immediately, however, with chronic conditions it may take a number of treatments to gain ongoing improvement.
Today, acupuncture is used throughout the world to assist with a wide range of disorders. At Vitalessence our focus is with fertility, pregnancy, post-natal, gynecology and paediatrics. However, we also have extensive experience with musculo-skeletal pain, immune system and general health disorders.
Cupping is a therapy used in TCM to stimulate the flow of qi & blood, thus removing stagnation. When the free flow of qi is interrupted and becomes stagnant, pain can result. Cupping involves warming and placing glass cups on the skin. Warming the air in the cups creates a vacuum which sucks up the skin gently into the cup when it is placed on the body. Cupping does not hurt but if there is a lot of qi stagnation, then a bruise may result. This will clear within a short period after the treatment.
Moxibustion (Moxa) is a TCM technique that involves the burning of the herb, mugwort. It can be used as a moxa stick that is held over acupuncture points or as loose moxa that is placed on the needle or a slice of ginger. Moxa is used to warm the qi by applying moxa to an acupuncture point or an area of the body where cold is trapped internally. This can assist with a number of issues, particularly fertility, pain or digestive disorders. Moxa is very pleasant, doesn’t burn and there are no side effects.
Gua Sha/Tui Na/Shonishin
Gua Sha involves scrapping the skin with a jade or rose quartz paddle. This increases the flow of qi and blood. Commonly this is used to treat pain in the body.
Tui Na and Shonishin are paediatric treatments used for children up to 10 years of age. Tui Na uses gentle swiping massage techniques with the hands. Shonishin is a Japanese technique similar to Tui Na but uses a brass scrapper and a non-needle acupuncture point stimulator. The aim of these treatments is to create balance in the body. These treatments do not hurt the children and are very effective in treating a wide range of childhood disorders.