[sc_fs_multi_faq headline-0=”h2″ question-0=”What is Acupuncture?” answer-0=”Acupuncture involves penetration of the skin with needles to stimulate certain points on the body known as acupuncture points or acupoint. The specific acupoint corrects imbalances in the flow of qi or body energy through channels known as meridians. These meridians are linked to specific (Traditional Chinese Medicine) TCM organs functions that vary according to the presenting complaint. Acupoints are selected after a consultation and TCM diagnosis. These acupoints may be located in area local to the condition and some may be further away. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called qi which flows through the body. A disruption of this flow of qi is believed to be result in diseases and aliments. Acupuncture corrects the imbalances of flow of qi by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin. A fine thin disposable needle is used to penetrate the skin and is manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.” image-0=”” headline-1=”h2″ question-1=”Are there any risks or side effects with Acupuncture?” answer-1=”Acupuncture use for certain conditions have been endorsed by the United States National Institutes of Health, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Acupuncture carries a very low risk of serious adverse effects. Risks and side effects When conducted by a qualified practitioner, acupuncture is safe. Mild, short-lasting side effects occur in around 7-11% of patients. These include: -pain where the needles puncture the skin -bleeding or bruising where the needles puncture the skin -drowsiness -worsening of pre-existing symptoms Serious complications from treatment, such as infections or damage to tissue or puncturing organs are extremely rare. They usually occur only as a result of bad practice, carried out by an acupuncturist who has not been properly trained. Electro- Acupuncture would not be used in situations such as cardiac problems, with users of a pacemaker, young children and in some cases, pregnancy.” image-1=”” headline-2=”h2″ question-2=”What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?” answer-2=”Chinese Herbal Medicine is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and can significantly boost the therapeutic function of other treatments. Chinese Herbal Medicine is a major part of several branches of Chinese Medicine, including the five elements, Yin and Yang balance, specific organ relationships, and thermal balances. The function of herbal medicine can dissipate disharmony, dysfunction and stagnation to restore the body to its balanced state, effectively tackling the root of the complaint rather than just the symptoms. Chinese Herbal formulas are all derived from plants, such as roots, bark, flowers, and leaves. They do not contain any animal or mineral product as per guidelines for practice in the UK.” image-2=”” headline-3=”h2″ question-3=”How is Chinese Herbal Medicine Prescribed? ” answer-3=”For convenience of time, effort and palatability, all herbal prescriptions are prescribed in powdered form in small capsules. Please note that the capsule shells used are gelatine based, therefore if there are any dietary restrictions, herbs can be dispensed in powdered form which can be diluted in water. All herbal treatments are custom made on the premises and tailored to the individuals specific needs, which be determined during a consultation. This method ensures that all aliments presented can be uniquely supported to achieve a holistic treatment, rather than just targeting just one problem at a time. There are no herbal formulas made in advance and therefore all herbal prescriptions will be subjects to an overnight dispensary time. It is standard for all herbal treatments to be reviewed regularly as modifications need to be made to the formula to take account of the effects of the treatment and changes to symptoms/conditions. Initial consultation (30mins approx.) is free and follow up treatments will be subjected to a short consultation for assessment of effects and any modifications needed.” image-3=”” headline-4=”h2″ question-4=”What is Cupping Therapy?” answer-4=”This therapy involves a glass jar of variable sizes being placed on the body by creating a vacuum with a flame being held inside the jar for a short moment. The cups are positioned in certain places to trigger off certain therapeutic effects. This method helps with clearing stagnation in the affected area, allowing energy and blood to move more freely, which reduces pain and problems. Cupping therapy does often leave some bruise ring marks on the position where the cups have been. These bruises indicate a level of blood stagnation within the body. The more stagnation a person has, then the darker the bruising. The simulated bruising encourages a healing effect from the body to the specific area. However, unlike normal bruises, there is no pain involved, just the curative effect. These bruises eventually do disappear over a period of time, ranging from a few hours to a few days.” image-4=”” headline-5=”h2″ question-5=”What do I need to be aware of with Cupping Therapy? ” answer-5=”Cupping Therapy can leave temporary bruise marks on the local area. Please be mindful if you are worried about appearance in the next few days. Sometimes people do get small blisters in the cupped area, which is often seen with clients that have excessive moisture and fluid retention in the treated area. These blisters should be left alone and will disappear along with the cupping marks.” image-5=”” headline-6=”h2″ question-6=”What is Tui Na Massage? ” answer-6=”Tui na massage is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbalism, tai chi, and qigong. Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese taoist and martial art principles to bring the body to balance. The principles being balanced are the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press and rub the areas between each of the joints (known as the eight gates) to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in both the meridians and the muscles. The practitioner can then use a varied range of motion, traction, massage. With the stimulation of acupressure points, this aims to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. Tui na is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.” image-6=”” headline-7=”h2″ question-7=”What does Tui na massage treat?” answer-7=”Tui na has been used in China to treat the following: Osteonosus and traumatism Internal disease Gynaecological Paediatric Eye, ear, nose and throat Neurological disease Reducing weight Cosmetology” image-7=”” headline-8=”h2″ question-8=”What do I need to be aware of with Tui na massage?” answer-8=”If you have any of the following condition, it may not be suitable for you to have Tui na massage. Areas with open soft tissue injuries or bleeding wounds. All kinds of fracture in the early stage. Local areas injured by dermatitis. Disease with hemorrhagic tendency. Acute infectious disease. Critical disease of the heart, brain, liver, kidney, etc Tui na during pregnancy is safe, but there are some physical manipulations that need to be avoided, so please ensure to tell me if you are pregnant. ” image-8=”” headline-9=”h2″ question-9=”What is Tui Na Aromatherapy? ” answer-9=”This treatment infuses Tui na massage with essential oils to achieve a greater healing effect for the overall body. Specific oil combination will be tailored according to the clients’ aliments. Tui na Aromatherapy has been widely used to treat specific aliments, which range from musculoskeletal, mental disturbance, digestive, hormonal disorders, regulating emotion, uplift mood, energizing and revitalising the mind body and spirit. Essential oils can be used on the body either applying oils directly onto the skin or inhalation of vaporized/diffusion. Once in the body these stimulate chemical responses either directly to the cells or joins the circulation system, then affecting other organs which promote certain functions. The chemical response also affects the mind, nerves and the hypothalamus, which is the center of homeostatic control of the body. Depending on which oils have been used, the body will respond differently allowing healing, balancing and relaxation. The list of many effects that essential oils have is very extensive.” image-9=”” headline-10=”h2″ question-10=”What do I need to be aware of with Aromatherapy?” answer-10=”f you have sensitive skin, epilepsy, heart or kidney problems, or any serious medical condition, do not use essential oils unless advised by a physician or medical professional that it is safe.” image-10=”” headline-11=”h2″ question-11=”What is Moxibustion or Moxipuncture?” answer-11=”Moxibustion is a therapy where by a stick of mugwort is burn over a small area of skin. The moxa warms up regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. Moxipuncture is when a block of moxa is positioned and burnt on top of a acupuncture needle that have been inserted into the skin. Mugwort acts as an emmenagogue, meaning that it stimulates blood-flow this can be applied to the various area including pelvic area and uterus. It is claimed that moxibustion militates against cold and dampness in the body, and can serve to turn breech babies. Moxibustion exhibits immunoregulatory effects by increasing the production of white and red blood cells in the body. For example, it stimulates the production of proteins in the body called interferons that are produced to target the immune system against infections and tumours. It can improve the circulation of blood and lymph in the local area and relaxes contractile tissue to relieve ischaemic pain and tension in rigid muscles, and also induces neurotransmitters, chemicals that are important for regulating pain and spasms and play an important role in neurological disorders such as depression and anxiety.” image-11=”” headline-12=”h2″ question-12=”What does Moxibustion or Moxipuncture treat?” answer-12=”Moxibustion is especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems, “deficient conditions” (weakness), and gerontology. If people are suffering from excessively cold conditions, moxapuncture is effective for channelling heat to those areas to get rid of the coldness and drying up dampness. ” image-12=”” headline-13=”h2″ question-13=”What are the risks and side effects with Moxibustion?” answer-13=”Moxibustion is an extremely safe procedure but carries certain risks such as skin burn if it is not properly carried out by an adequately trained practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We have received comprehensive training in all Moxibustion therapies and both Moxa Wand and Moxa Cone treatments with us involve no contact between the mugwort and the skin at any time. You can therefore be assured that such Moxibustion treatments are carried out by a fully qualified professional.” image-13=”” headline-14=”h2″ question-14=”What is Bio Heat Lamp Therapy?” answer-14=”The Bio Heat Lamp Therapy can be used in conjunction with the acupuncture therapy and moxibustion/moxipuncture. This can greatly improve the result of the therapy. A heat lamp is positioned 12-18 inches above an area of the body with bare skin exposed from the body. Length of self-treatment for a single condition is typically 15–30 minutes.” image-14=”” headline-15=”h2″ question-15=”What are the risks and side effects to Bio Heat Lamp Therapy?” answer-15=”Pregnant women, people experiencing fever, otitis media, splenitis, ophthalmic diseases, varicose veins, open pulmonary tuberculosis, serious arteriosclerosis, and with bleeding tendencies should avoid TDP mineral lamp therapy. People with hypertension should not use the TDP Lamp on their head. When using on the head, protection of the eyes is required so they do not become dry. Persons who cannot communicate when treatment is too hot should also avoid treatment. Patients with neuropathy are warned that the inability to accurately feel the temperature of the treatment may result in accidental burns. Treatment in areas with surgical implants (metal, silicone, pacemakers, etc.) should be avoided because of the risk that these foreign materials may absorb and hold heat at a different rate than living tissue, accidentally causing internal burns. Chinese medicine a therapist should not use heat treatment with someone who exhibits “hot” symptoms already: a natural tendency to be hot, rapid pulse or red face, fever or headache, dry mouth, thirst, sore throat, or cough, yellow tongue, dark urine, or sticky yellow mucus, hot flashes or night sweats, redness and swelling, mouth and tongue sores, chapped lips, or bleeding gums, heart palpitations, mental agitation, mania, or insomnia. The lamp itself can get very hot; caution is needed in the position of the lamp head. I will make sure that the lamp is safely away from the bed after the treatment to avoid burns.” image-15=”” count=”16″ html=”true” css_class=””]