Laser acupuncture can be an excellent way for children or those who are anxious about needles to experience the benefits of acupuncture. This pain-free method can be used instead of traditional needle acupuncture in almost all instances.
The use of low level lasers is a recently modern addition to the practice of Chinese Medicine. Our clinic uses laser acupuncture for the treatment of children and for clients who have low pain tolerance or are anxious about having needle acupuncture. Laser acupuncture is suitable for the treatment of almost all conditions, your practitioner will be able to let you know if laser acupuncture is suitable for you during your initial consultation. Musculoskeletal injuries, dermatological conditions, and IVF support are conditions that we frequently treat with laser acupuncture and also have good outcomes demonstrated in clinical trials.
Dry needling is a name given to a set of needling techniques that are used for releasing stiff and knotted muscles. Very strong needle insertion and manipulation is used in order to cause a muscle twitch response, to disperse muscle tightness and pain, or to release a trigger point. Acupuncturists are trained in over 100 different needle techniques, including those which have been referred to in recent years as dry needling.
Dry needling is best suited to athletes and sports people who have musculoskeletal injuries. Conditions that respond well to dry needling include:
- Sports injuries
- Overuse injuries
- Chronic pain
- Muscle spasms
- Rehabilitation from surgery
It is common after dry needling to have some localised soreness from the needles, this usually passes after a good night's rest and is best relieved by applying a liniment or a heat pack. We recommend drinking plenty of water after a dry needling session to ensure that your body can quickly mobilise inflammatory compounds away from the area(s) of tenderness.
There are some circumstances where dry needling is not recommended, and can cause exacerbation of symptoms or worsening of an existing medical condition. If any of the following apply, extreme caution is suggested:
- low blood pressure
- low iron
- postural hypotension, dizziness or tendency to pass out
- "adrenal fatigue" or run down
- sick with a cold or flu
- have an acute infection
- bleeding disorders
- heart arrhythmias, abnormal heart beats
- less than 3 months post-partum
- worried about the pain of needles
If you have any of the above conditions or concerns, we recommend you seek treatment from a fully qualified acupuncturist, who is skilled in determining if dry needling or another needling technique will be more appropriate for you.
Dry needling is a term most often used by health professionals whose primary training is in a different area other than acupuncture or needling (eg chiropractor, physiotherapist, myotherapist). It's important to find out how much training and experience your therapist has in needling, as some have had as little as one day of training. All our practitioners have had 4 years of training in all types of needling, and are experts in the use of needles. Our countless hours of acupuncture, dry needling and general needling gives superior outcomes for our patients every time.
Pressed for time and can't get out of the office? Stuck without a car and can't make it to the clinic? Or perhaps you are literally on the other side of the world. It doesn't matter the reason, if you really want to get your health sorted, you can do this remotely from wherever you are in the world. We use Skype or Gotomeeting so that we can easily connect online, we can also have a phone consultation with you if your internet isn't great.
We can discuss your health problems in detail, and work out what nutrition changes you need, along with a prescription for any necessary herbal medicines and supplements that you can get filled locally or we can ship directly to you.
We can get you access to other world class therapists who also work remotely via Skype consultations so you get the best relationship counselling, mindset coaching, exercise rehab programs, and custom nutrition plans. We have a growing network of manual therapists around the world that we can refer you to if you really need to get hold of someone face-to-face for acupuncture, mayan abdominal massage or osteopathy.
Moxibustion, or moxa, is the burning of a Chinese herb Mugwort Leaf (Ai Ye) over an acupoint. The herb comes prerolled as a cigar, which is then lit and held a centimetre or two away from the skin. The cigar is held there to warm the acupoint and removed before becoming too hot for the patient. The loose herb, is sometimes shaped into thin threads or small pyramids and placed directly on the skin, or on top of a slice of ginger, or on top of an acupuncture needle. The burning herb is creates a pleasant warming sensation, and is removed before becoming too hot for the patient.
Moxa is used to expel cold and warm the meridians, and to promote the flow of energy through the body. It is useful for a range of conditions, including fertility, turning breech babies, fatigue, poor circulation, poor digestion, musculoskeletal pain. Your practitioner will be able to determine if moxibustion is appropriate to add to your treatment protocol.
Point Injection Therapy
Point Injection Therapy, involves the injection of a liquid (usually saline) into an acupuncture point, or other point on the body. It is a specialised application of acupuncture therapy, primarily for the relief of pain. It also gives some great results for various skin conditions and cosmetic treatments. Point injection therapy is also used to enhance the effects of an acupuncture treatment for certain conditions.
- musculoskeletal pain
- sports injuries
- sore muscles
- back pain
- knee pain
- paralysis, stroke rehabilitation
- cosmetic and anti-ageing treatments
- weight loss and cellulite targeting
As with all treatments at our clinic, only sterile single use needles are used for this therapy. Ultra thin, very small gauge needles are used to minimise discomfort. We only use medical grade saline in single use vials. Vitamin B12 can also be used on request, however additional charges apply for the supply of injectable vitamin B12.
When saline or other liquid is injected into a trigger point for the relief of muscle pain, stiffness or tightness - it is sometimes called Trigger Point Injection Therapy. Our point injection practitioners are experienced in the use of point injection for trigger point release, as well as the other uses of point injection listed above.
Chinese Herbal medicine has been an important component of the health system in China and in the daily diet of Chinese families for thousands of years. Chinese herbs form an important part of many treatment protocols designed in our clinic, and can help to extend the effects of an acupuncture treatment - especially for people who would otherwise require acupuncture treatment multiple times per week.
When prescribed by an experienced practitioner, Chinese Herbal medicines are as safe as the food you eat every day. They are usually prescribed as either herbal pills, capsules or tablets, or as a granulated extract to be dissolved in hot water. Sometimes your practitioner will recommend the traditional method of boiling herbs to prepare a decoction. Whilst many herbal formulas are available in pills, granules and raw herbs, the format of herbs recommended to you by your practitioner will depend on the type of condition you have.
A very small proportion of Chinese herbal preparations contain animal constituents (eg. oyster shell), however no endangered species or unethical products are ever prescribed at our clinic. People with strict vegan requirements are easily accommodated for.
It is possible to safely add herbal medicines to your treatment, and in fact a lot of the time we recommend herbal medicine to assist with managing side effects of medication, or to address other health concerns. Our practitioners know how to avoid negative interactions between herbal medicines and pharmaceuticals - please make sure you tell your practitioner about all medications that you are taking so that any herbal medicine can be safely added to your treatment.
Your body chemistry and internal harmony will change with time, and sooner or later the original issue that you were wanting to address with your herbal formula will be solved. It is important for your herbal formula to be regularly reviewed so that adjustments can be made - it might be a slight tweak, or it might be a complete overhaul of everything you are taking. It's a sign of progress! Continuing to take the herbs after they have fixed the issue may or may not be a good idea - ask your practitioner if you're unsure.
Cupping is one of two physical methods used in Chinese Medicine to release pathogenic "evil qi" via the skin. Particularly useful for releasing stiff muscles, the treatment of cold and flu, and the relief of headaches, this therapy helps to improve circulation and boost immunity by stimulating the skin.
Cupping is a physical therapy that is often used as part of an acupuncture treatment. The practitioner creates a vacuum in a glass cup, which is then placed onto the skin. The vacuum then gently draws the skin and causes increased circulation to the area. Cupping is most often performed on the back or the abdomen, but virtually any area of the body can be cupped.
Cupping is a very pleasant and enjoyable therapy, but can sometimes leave marking on the skin that reflect the release of pathogenic "evil qi" from the body. These marks are typically not painful - but very exciting for others to see! Depending on the amount of qi released, the colouring on the skin can be quite deep with marks remaining up to a week later.
Cupping is highly effective and very safe when performed by an experienced professional. All practitioners at our clinic are very experienced in the use of cupping.
Acupuncture has been around for over 5000 years, but the 20th century saw a revolution in the history of acupuncture. Electro-acupuncture has become a popular way of providing strong stimulation for acupuncture treatments in a way that was comfortable for the patient. Cords are attached to acupuncture needles and a small electrical current is directed through the needles - and provides a localised, subtle tingling feeling.
It is used across the world, and is particularly popular for the treatment of pain, and also as part of the treatment for induction of labour in pregnant women. It is an excellent alternative for dry needling for those who are cautious of the pain associated with dry needling, or for whom dry needling is not appropriate.
Gua sha is one of two physical methods used in Chinese Medicine to release pathogenic "evil qi" via the skin. Particularly useful for the treatment of colds and flu, and also for releasing stiff muscles, gua sha helps to improve circulation and boost immunity by stimulating the skin.
Friction is used to drag a ceramic or stone tool across the skin to release pathogenic qi. The area of the body is first lubricated with oil or water to avoid pulling on the skin or causing other discomfort. Pieces of jade and other items with a smooth edge are used. Gua sha is most often performed on the back, but as with cupping, gua sha can be used on almost any part of the body.
Gua sha is a very pleasant and enjoyable therapy that can feel similar to a massage. Due to the friction on the skin, it can sometimes leave marking on the skin that reflect the release of pathogenic "evil qi" from the body. These marks are typically not painful - but very exciting for others to see! Depending on the amount of qi released, the colouring on the skin can be quite deep with marks remaining up to a week later.
Gua sha is highly effective and very safe when performed by an experienced professional. All practitioners at our clinic are very experienced in the use of gua sha.