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Classical Acupuncture

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"Chi is needed for our bodies to work, for our minds to function and for our spirits or 'joie de vivre' to shine."

Acupuncture needles


Acupuncture needles are specially designed, made of a solid stainless steel alloy, they are flexible and about the diameter of two human hairs.  The acupuncture needles we use are sterile, individually packaged and disposable. If you are concerned about having acupuncture needles please follow this link


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What is acupuncture?

What is chi?

Acupuncture needles

What is moxibustion (and Premio 10 Moxa)?



What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine, originating in China over 3000 years ago.  The Chinese believed that the ill health of a person was related to the state of their chi (pronounced 'chee') or energy. They believed that when you are healthy your chi energy flows through the body freely and with abundance resulting in good health. They believe that when the free flow of energy is interrupted (by conditions such as stress, injury, emotional trauma or infection) a person develops an imbalance or a deficiency in their energy. The longer this energy imbalance stays uncorrected then the more likely hood they are of remaining ill.


Acupuncture involves the placing of specially designed very fine needles and the application of warmth (moxibustion) on to precise areas of your skin called acupuncture points. Traditional acupuncturists believe these procedures help restore balance and help you on the way to recovery.


There is increasing scientific evidence for acupuncture, which shows some observable changes brought about from this ancient form of treatment.  However science is not yet and may never be able to measure every aspect of classical acupuncture on a human being.


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What is chi?

 

Ancient Chinese practitioners saw chi as basically our 'vital energy', an 'energy of life', a 'vital force', the 'life force', whihc is immaterial and yet with substance. They believed that the chi is needed for our bodies to work, for our minds to function and for our spirits or 'joie de vivre' to shine. Often when we hear people talk they say 'Oh I was so ill last week I had no energy to do anything but I am getting better, I was able to go for a walk yesterday.' The ancient Chinese believed we all experience chi on a continuous day to day basis and that our chi energy is affected by the way we live, the way we exercise, the food we eat and the air we breathe. They believed that our chi flows through us continuously until our last breath.


Near the skin surface they said some of this chi flows along invisible channels or lines of energy called 'meridians'. Traditional acupuncturists believe there are several pairs of these energy lines all over your body and that along these lines are situated acupuncture points. These points are places where a needle can be inserted to affect the flow of chi and with it the health of a person.


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" When the free flow of energy is interrupted a person develops an imbalance or a deficiency in their energy."

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Traditional Acupuncture and Moxibustion

What is moxibustion?


Moxibustion is the process of generating warmth on your acupuncture points by the burning of moxa cones on the skin, when you feel the heat the cone is removed. It provides a pleasant and penetrating heat, improving the local circulation and helps the healing of specific areas. It usually results in an agreeable feeling of relaxation and well-being.  Moxa is made from a plant called 'Chinese Mugwort' (artemesia latiflora vulgaris).


For information on moxibustion research.


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Moxa effect via electric Premio 10 Moxa


We have recently taken on board this special electric moxa pen that emits an identical infra red heat pattern as burning Chinese Mugwort acheiving clinically similar pulse changes without the problems of the smoke effect.


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