Acupuncture uses fine needles, inserted through the skin into energy points. The needles stimulate the movement of blood, energy, body fluids, nerves and hormones around the body to promote healing. Acupuncture induces a state of relaxation and is usually a pleasurable experience. Most needles are inserted only a small distance under the skin and produce little or no sensation.
The needles are sometimes warmed using a process known as moxabustion. The herb, Ai Ye or mugwort, is burned over or on the needles or areas of the body, this gives a sense of pain relief and relaxation whilst encouraging blood flow and tissue repair.
The needles can also be attached to electrodes from which an electrical current flows. This produces stimulation at the needle site and energy point, which can be extremely effective for pain relief, rehabilitation after strokes and inducing babies.
Cupping is used to deeply massage soft tissue and also encourage toxins to the surface of the body where they can be better resolved by the lymphatic and circulatory systems. This process uses glass cups, which under vacuum suck the skin and flesh up and are either moved along muscles or sat stationary on a specific point.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions such as; muscular-skeletal problems including most trauma and injuries; fatigue and tiredness; gynaecological including menstrual and obstetric issues, it is particularly good during pregnancy; male and female infertility; endocrine system problems including menopause and thyroid; neurological including headaches and migraines; allergies; breathing problems; immune system issues; gastro-intestinal problems including IBS and candida; urination and urinary tract issues; blood pressure; cholesterol; palpitations; insomnia and sleep disorders; emotional and mental issues including depression, anxiety and addictions; and the promotion and maintenance of general well-being.