Acupuncture and herbal care Medway Kent

Acupuncture

Chinese Acupuncture medical treatment is very different from that of Western medicine in approach and method. It is a holistic treatment which is used to treat a wide range of illnesses which focuses on improving the overall well-being of the patient rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.

Acupuncture therapy usually involves a series of weekly treatment sessions, of about 30 minutes duration. It is an external therapy which involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points in the body. There are hundreds of these acupuncture points distributed along the body’s meridians. Needles are inserted into points along one or more meridians to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms to restore its natural equilibrium.

Chinese Dr Zhu observes the Code of Safe Practice and always uses single-use pre-sterilised needles, which are disposed of after each treatment. The procedures have been approved by the UK Department of Health, and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.


Electro-Acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture is an enhanced form of acupuncture which can provide significant benefits in dealing with a variety of conditions. The therapy involves electrodes (wires) which are connected to a muscle stimulator (similar to a TENS machine) are then attached to acupuncture needles inserted into the body. A very small electrical current is passed down the needles to provide continued stimulation of the acu-points adjusted to the needs of the patient.

The electro-acupuncture device does not provide a significant current to the acupuncture needles (it delivers about the same as that produced by a wristwatch battery). It is normal for the patient to experience responses such as rhythmic spasm or weak twitching of the muscle during treatment.


What happens during Acupuncture treatment?

Before the Acupuncture needles are inserted, you will either lie down on a treatment table, or be seated on a comfortable surface, depending on where the needles are to be used.

When each needle is inserted, you will experience a light tapping against the skin. The actual insertion is rarely painful because the needles are so fine. If Electro-Acupuncture is being used, wires will be attached to the needles as required and the current from the muscle stimulator adjusted to the right level for the patient.

You will then sit or lie quietly for the allotted time. Most patients experience a feeling of great peace and relaxation during acupuncture treatment. Many Electro-Acupuncture patients also find the pulsing rhythm from the stimulator a relaxing part of the therapy.

Cupping & Heat Therapy

In TCM, cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient's body by applying cups to the skin. The therapy is used to relieve what is called "stagnation”, a loosening of areas of adhesion or restriction within the muscles and tissues of the body. Western medicine explains this as promoting blood circulation, which can relieve pain, ailments and boost the immune system. In the late 20th century, cupping gained a second wind as an alternative therapy for a variety of ailments.

Tui Na (Chinese medical massage)

Tui Na medical massage is the oldest known system of massage. Originating in China, it was recorded in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine in 2300 BC as one of the five major therapies of the time.

As with all other aspects of TCM, the aim of Tui Na massage is to enable the natural flow of Qi through the meridians of the body to restore the internal balance, thus helping the body to return to health. Tui Na has been developed over many years and now provides treatment for many diseases. It is used in many Chinese hospitals in the front line of healthcare.


Moxibustion

Moxibustion therapy is used in conjunction with acupuncture and can be very effective for many diseases and conditions. The herb used for moxibustion therapy is Folium Artemisiae. The therapy is based on moxibustion to heat a needle inserted into the skin. The moxibustion is placed on the end of the needle away from the skin and lit. As it smoulders it sends heat down the shaft of the needle into the body. By carefully considering the type of moxibustion, where and how to apply it, moxibustion can be used safely and effectively for almost all patients. The therapy is particularly effective for arthritis, joint pain, irregular periods and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).


Chinese Health Clinic

79A High Street
Gillingham
Kent
ME7 1BL
Telephone: 01634 571888

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