Therapies

Below is listed the therapies that we provide at Adroit Acupuncture. Clicking a therapy will display useful information telling you more about it.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture involves the use of fine needles placed in specific points around the body to work with the patient’s qi, or natural energy. This flows around the body in meridians and if impeded can be detrimental to health. In a healthy person, the balance of Yin and Yang is equal and if it becomes imbalanced this could lead to a further loss of well-being. TCM acupuncture aims to address the root, or cause, of any health problem and to restore the Yin Yang balance rather than merely deal with the presenting symptoms.

Other techniques may also be used to either supplement or be used in place of needling.

History Of Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese acupuncture has a history of well over three thousand years, indeed the practice can be traced back to the Stone Age with the Bian shi, or sharpened stones. Stone acupuncture needles dating back to 3000 B.C. have been found by archaeologists in Inner Mongolia and even clearer evidence exists from the 1st millennium B.C.E. which is identified with the Han dynasty (202 BC - 20 AD).

The earliest text which first describes acupuncture is the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine (History of Acupuncture) which was compiled around 305 - 204 B.C. As well as sharpened stone, bone, ivory, wood and different metals have all been used in the past as needles.

Nowadays very fine, filiform needles, manufactured from stainless steel, sterilised and sealed are used. These are single use only and are disposed of immediately after removal.

Acupressure
Acupressure

This consists of strong massage, of varying types, applied to specific parts of the body or along particular meridians. This is a more vigorous method of massage when compared with, for example, Swedish massage technique, as the objective is to remove or reduce stagnation and to move Qi in the body.

Therapy
Cupping

Cupping is a method of treating a problem of local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in a cupping jar, usually by means of heat, which is then applied directly to the skin. The underlying tissue is drawn up into the jar and appears to bruise, or at least turn bright red.

Apart from using heat (fire cupping) to create the vacuum another method is to pump the air out of the jar using a simple pumping apparatus.

Jars can be glass, plastic or, infrequently now, bamboo. The bruises which appear are not dangerous and normally disappear after a few days.

Facial Acupuncture

Facial acupuncture is a gentle, effective alternative to cosmetic surgery, Botox, collagen injections, dermabrasion, etc.

Facial Acupuncture

It involves a much lower financial outlay than Botox, collagen or cosmetic surgery, is safe, has no recovery time and treats the whole body to improve your overall health.

Using TCM diagnostic techniques like pulse, tongue and facial diagnosis as well as in-depth questioning, the treatment will be tailored specifically to each patient.

Very fine needles will be positioned in the face and should give a pleasant, relaxing sensation as the Qi is energised. Electro-acupuncture or a tens machine may also be used to provide direct or transcutaneous stimulation to specific areas.

Following this the face is massaged to stimulate further the increased flow of Qi and encourage the production of collagen and elastin.

Immediately after a treatment the skin will look firmer with better tone and there should be improved facial colour. Most patients will notice an improvement in their complexion, skin firmness and brighter eyes.

Whilst improvements will be felt almost immediately, depending on existing face tone, it is recommended that, for optimum results, a course of twelve treatments is undertaken.

Acutaping
Acutaping

Acutaping uses special plaster which is cut and applied on the body or joint to be treated. The tape is positioned so that it enhances the flow of Qi around the area and helps to avoid stagnation which is often the cause of localised pain.

Moxibustion
Moxibustion

Moxa is made from the mugwort herb. It is available either ground into a fluff or pressed into sticks (and sometimes mixed with other herbs) which resemble non-smoke able cigars. It may be used indirectly, with acupuncture needles or directly on the skin. It has many benefits dependent upon the treatment being offered and has proved particularly useful in turning breech presentation babies in the womb.

Earseed Therapy
Earseed Therapy

Ear seed therapy is based on TCM principles which observe the ear as a microcosm of the body. Small round seeds are taped on areas of the ear which the patient has to press over the course of the following four or five days.

This therapy is used for many conditions, particularly those involving addictions, smoking cessation, anxiety or depression, weight loss, etc.

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