Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCA) has been used to restore, promote and maintain good health for over 2,500 years. According to the tradition our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy (Qi) moving in a smooth and balanced way through channels under the skin.
The flow of Qi can be disturbed by many factors; physical, mental and emotional. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy the acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s natural healing response and help restore its natural balance. In this way, the underlying cause of the condition is treated, not just the symptoms.
Not merely a means to relieve pain, TCA is used to treat a wide range of illnesses and concentrates on the patient as an individual. Recently recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for persistent low back pain (and available through the NHS), it enjoys increasingly widespread acceptance in the west as a very safe and effective complementary treatment.
Other treatments used with Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Moxa or dried mugwort, is part of the sage family of plants. The dried and powdered form is used in many conditions where it can be burnt on the needle, placed in a box resting on the body, or in a roll held above certain acupuncture points. It generates heat and warmth and has a therapeutic effect especially where a condition is diagnosed as 'cold'. It is very good for many painful conditions and augments the acupuncture treatment.
This is a controlled electrical stimulation of selected acupuncture needles using an EA machine and can be used to maintain a steady stimulation in an area of pain. This can be very helpful in some resistant conditions.
Using a glass or plastic cup, a slight vacuum is created as the cups are placed over acupuncture needles to enhance the effect of treatment. They can also be used as 'moving cupping', where oil is put on the affected area such as the back. The cups are then moved in the area and along meridians or acupuncture channels. This is particularly effective for stress related conditions e.g. painful neck, shoulder and back conditions. It can also be used to help clear chest congestion. Cupping, by its action, may cause some skin bruising and is not suitable for everyone, but any marking resolves quickly.
Ear acupuncture has been widely used in the west to help treat addiction problems. In addition to this it can be used alongside body acupuncture when needles are placed in the ears. Treatment can be extended with the use of ear seeds. Ear seeds are tiny seeds, that can be made of a number of substances such as gold, tourmaline or mustard seeds. They come with an adhesive plaster, enabling them to be placed on the ear surface over specific points. By gently pressing them, the effect of your acupuncture treatment can be extended between treatments.