Acupuncture needles are not like other medical needles you will have come across. They are very fine, almost hair like thickness. A needle is inserted just under the skin, and most of the time immediately removed. Acupuncture is not about how many needles are used, some of the best treatments are done with only a few needles. The art to five element acupuncture is the individually tailored treatment, based on their uniqueness of every individual.
Moxabustion, is used as a very nourishing, warming treatment. Moxa can be used to aid relief from many complaints, as well as promoting well being. Moxa is a herb commonly known as Mugwort, the refined herb is burnt over an acupuncture point or affected area giving a feeling of warmth and relaxation. Moxa is also used to aid recovery from illness or distress, by strengthening and stimulating the core of our being, our blood and Qi. Thereby increasing our natural healing process.
Cupping & Gua Sha
Pain is caused by stagnation(stuck) energy, this can be due to physical or emotional stress.
Cupping increases blood flow to the area therefore encouraging the movement of blood, energy and fluids through a deep gentle massage. This can give relief from pain, tension, stressed muscles and can help the immune system to work more effectively.
Gua Sha is similar, a smooth jade stone is used on the affected area to break down stagnation of energy and blood, to give relief from stiffness and pain.