Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain and/or to help stimulate the proper flow of the body’s normal regulation.
Acupuncture consults involve a thorough case-taking, diagnosis and treatment with acupuncture. In some instances cupping, moxibustion, tui na, and/or diet and self help advice are provided.
CONSTITUTIONAL FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE
Constitutional facial acupuncture aims to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face and improve skin tone and quality. This is achieved by working on the internal system – emotional, energetic and physical – to release whatever it is we’re hanging onto and causing repeated facial expressions that lead to lines and markings on the face. It is a complete internal-external overhaul. Treatments take 90 minutes and include acupuncture at specific points on the body and face, and topical facial treatment. Best results are achieved over 10-12 weekly visits. It’s a commitment but worth the long term-long lasting effects. This service is only offered in Beechworth and run in conjunction with Beechworth Elysian Beauty for the topical facial treatment, using premium organic products.
Herbal medicine involves the prescription of a blend of plant and mineral therapeutic substances. We only use the highest grade herbs, and striving for a predominantly organic where available. We have a comprehensive (and impressive!) herbal dispensary in Beechworth and also stock patent pills for convenience, cost and ease.
Fire cupping is a form of treatment where suction is created on target areas of the skin with a specialised glass cup and lit ethanol-soaked cotton ball. Fire cupping usually occurs on the back at key areas relating to internal organs and on areas of physical pain. Cupping can either be stationary, sliding along skin, or “flashing” – a quick succession of suction and removal along affected areas. Cupping separates soft tissue and breaks up painful adhesions. Cupping also promotes blood and qi flow, stimulates lymphatic circulation, has a therapeutic effect on internal organs, and expels cold and flu symptoms. This often leaves round marks that are painless and transient.
Gua Sha involves scraping a ceramic soup spoon along certain areas of the skin to bring up “sha” to promote healing and alleviate pain.
Moxibustion is the technique of burning dried mugwort stick/s over certain acupuncture points or areas of pain. The benefits of moxibustion are to alleviate pain, and to warm acupuncture points and internal organs. Moxibustion can also be used to turn a breech baby.
Diet Therapy involves prescription of foods based on their energetic properties, thematic temperature, actions and indications to promote healing and restoration of balance in accordance with your Chinese medicine diagnosis and the seasons. Eating behaviours form a large part of diet therapy and it is likely included with your prescription. Most importantly, it is paramount that a healthful diet is enjoyable and delicious.
QI GONG & LIFESTYLE ADVICE
Qi Gong is an ancient exercises system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Qi Gong exercises are commonly prescribed to treat a wide variety of conditions by stimulating the body’s self healing mechanisms. Qi Gong can be practiced for recreation, exercise, relaxation, preventative medicine, meditation and training for martial arts.