Acupuncture Related Therapies
Acupuncture is just one of a range of therapies that traditional acupuncturists use to influence circulation and promote health within the body. The following therapies are also used in West Hampstead Acupuncture:
Moxibustion involves the burning of Chinese Mugwort on or near the body in order to warm the acupuncture channels and stimulate movement. It can be burnt as a cone directly on the skin, on top of a needle, as a stick held close to the body or in a box placed over larger areas.
In this therapy a flame is used to burn the oxygen within glass cups to create suction. The cup is then placed on the body to invigorate blood flow in the area. It is useful in treating musculo-skeletal problems, colds and stagnated blood flow.
In certain cases a stronger stimulation on the needle is necessary to achieve the desired effect. Electrodes are attached to the needles and a gentle current is passed between them.
The ear can be seen as a microcosm of the body with reflex points which relate to different organs and areas. Numerous complaints can be treated with ear acupuncture but it has a particular affinity with the nervous system, emotional conditions and addiction. Minute seeds can also by stuck over ear points for continuous treatment even after leaving the clinic. This makes the therapy ideal to take the edge off cravings.
Gua sha involves the use of a hard object with an edge to apply pressure along lines on the body. It is very effective in pain conditions, stagnated blood flow, colds and trapped heat.