Chinese Herbal Medicine
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. It involves the stimulation of specific acupoints in the body to correct imbalances in the flow of Qi or "life energy" flowing through the body's meridians.
Acupuncture offers a unique approach that focuses as much on optimising health as it does on treating illness.
Acupuncture effectively treats a wide range of conditions, from musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal issues to mental health, stress, reproductive and gynaecological concerns.
Cupping is a form of therapy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine from ancient time. In this therapy, suction cups are applied to the skin to create suction.
Cupping therapy is used to remove stagnation (blockage) and stimulate the flow of Qi (Vital energy) hence to correct the imbalance in the body.
Cupping therapy can help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials of mugwort (Moxa) are burned on or very near the surface of skin.
The purpose of moxibustion is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body, dispel pathogenic influences such as Cold, strengthen the Blood and maintain general health.
Moxibustion is used on people who have cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa can expel Cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of Blood and Qi.
Gua Sha (Scraping) is a therapy of using a tool, like scraping board, to scrape the skin to produce petechiae or Sha.
The intention of Gua Sha is to release unhealthy pathogenic factors from the skin, break up the stagnant energy, improve the circulation of Qi and Blood.
Gua Sha is usually used in sore, tired or stiff muscles and chronic pain.
Chinese herbal medicine takes a natural and holistic approach to disease and prophylactic care and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as the treatment of it.
Most illnesses present with a core set of recognisable signs and symptoms, but the actual presentation of a particular illness may vary from person to person. For this reason, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different Chinese herbal medicine.
There are hundreds of commonly used herbs in Chinese herbal medicine -most of them are plants and small amounts are from animal and mineral substances.
Nowadays, Chinese herbal medicine is available in the forms of raw herbs, granules, capsules and pills.