TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Whilst this clinic uses herbals in treatments, we are not registered Chinese Medicine Practitioners, however we are able to recommend a number of recognized practitioners in the local area.
Over the years, the practice of Chinese herbal medicine and TCM has developed and matured to become what it is today – a natural and holistic system of primary health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds to effectively treat a wide range of chronic and acute health problems.
A lot of people associate Chinese Herbal Medicines with a ‘witches brew’ of bark, leaves and other things that can be horrible to digest, however that is not the case with today's technology,
A snapshot of conditions typically treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine includes:
• Insomnia and fatigue
• Loss of appetite and common digestive disorders
• Constipation and diarrhoea
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Common cold and influenza
• Chronic headaches
• Skin disorders
• Fluid retention
• Anxiety, depression and stress
• Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
• Premenstrual syndrome and painful menstruation
• Excessive menstruation
• Impotence and prostate disorders
• Disorders associated with menopause
Moxibustion is a traditional technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means “acupuncture-moxibustion.” The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of herbal medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
Indirect moxibustion is currently the more popular form of care because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Another form of indirect moxibustion uses both dry needling and moxa. A needle is inserted into an trigger point and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and the surrounding area. After the desired effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished and the needle(s) removed. This last method is not used in tis clinic.