Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms and conditions.
During the first consultation a full medical history with full details of current lifestyle will be taken. There is a physical examination including Chinese and Japanese diagnosis, plus measurements of blood pressure and pulses. Each person requires such detailed examination because they are unique and deserve individual care and attention. Subsequent treatments generally last up to 1 hour. Acupuncture is also very effective in the treatment of children.
Acupuncture is a safe treatment for all. Some people may have acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution and wellbeing. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease.
The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall wellbeing.
Most people's experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbs are an integral part of " TCM" Traditional Chinese Medicine and , until recently have been largely unexplored outside of China until this decade. There are over a thousand herbs and they are made up of parts of medicinal plants for example , the root , seed , fruit, flowers or leaves dried and treated without any chemical assistance, specifically formulated in Chinese pharmacopoeia collected from data over 3,000 years. Most formulas consist of between 6 and 16 types of herbs to be boiled and drunk as a "tea" (decoction), these are tailor made to suit the individual's patterns of disharmony. Herbal prescriptions can been made into powders or capsules for ease of intake and some creams combining Chinese herbs may also be offered particularly for people suffering from dry itchy skin conditions. Chinese herbs can be prescribed with the treatment of acupuncture or alone depending on the individual need or preference.
Cupping is a recognized and popular way to detoxify, it relaxes the body and improves natural health. It is performed by placing a small jar on the skin's surface and through removal of the air in the jar ease local congestion. This unblocks lymph nodes along the spine, which in turn helps the body to work more efficiently.
The application of mild heat to the body at specific acupuncture locations with glowing moxa wool (a finely chopped herb - folium Artemisia), an entirely painless and comfortable procedure. it helps blood and lymph circulation and maintains good health. In pregnancy it can also be used to gently re-align the fetus when in breech position.
Acupressure (Massage, Tuina)
Chinese therapeutic massage using various massage techniques and applied to certain locations of the body to treat and prevent disease, as well as relieving stress and easing aches and pains.It plays an important role in the fields of rehabilitation and health preservation, and also has been accepted as a safe, and, effective, relaxing therapy by people across the globe.
Treatments available for Children
Children can be treated using a combination of the above therapies as well as acupuncture and as a substitute. After a detailed examination and consultation a discussion about the appropriate treatment will take place and the parent will be in the consultation room and be a part of their child's therapeutic experience. Children can be treated from the age of 6 months up to teenage years and will benefit from much improved health and relaxation. Children respond very well to this sort of natural treatment and the treatments are made fun with the use of puppets. Especially Sooty and Sweep.
Ear Candle Therapy
Ear candle therapy is the recovery of an ancient tradition for the treatment and prevention of ear problems. Candles are made of natural waxed cloth; it contributes in removing the wax plug from the ear while re-balancing the ear pressure, and so preventing the unpleasant feeling of "blocked ears".
Qigong -Chinese Health Exercise Therapy
Qigong is an ancient method of exercise consisting of a number of relaxing and revitalising movements and forms which are accessible to anybody even when an individual is of poor constitution of health . Gradually when you practise you will open up the acupuncture channels of the body accessing the bodies Qi (pronounced Chi) or energy and produce a healing response which is apparent when tapped into in the correct and natural way and flow of the energy. Individual instruction is available , for individuals or maximum 2 people per private lesson. Qigong Class is held at: King Henry VIII school sports centre, Warwick road, Coventry, CV3 6AQ
Kathleen Conway is an approved Instructor of The Tse Qigong Centre and has been a loyal member for nearly 20 years since 1995.
"Practice overtime gradually strengthens and heals the body"