Chinese herbal medicine may be prescribed in conjunction with your acupuncture treatment plan or individually to treat some chronic health conditions. There are over 450 substances commonly used. All products utilised in the clinic are of plant and mineral origin with TGA approval, often prescribed in easy to take powders or pills.
Suction cups made of glass or plastic can also be used in an acupuncture treatment. The cups are applied by using a suction method to soft tissue areas such as the shoulders, back, thighs or calves. Cupping is used in the treatment of an array of conditions such as detoxification, cold and flu, chest and respiratory complaints, poor immunity, sporting injuries, musculoskeletal problems and neurological disorders such as back pain and sciatica. Different techniques such as stationary, sliding or flash cupping can be used according to the ailment being treated.
Moxibustion or ‘moxa’ is a heat therapy commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture. It involves the use of dried leaves of the mugwort plant (Artemisia vulgaris). Often used in sticks or compressed cones, it is held near the acupuncture needle to stimulate the flow of ‘qi’ and remove blockages.
Acupressure involves gentle touch on the acupuncture points without insertion of needles to stimulate the flow of energy along the meridians. Acupressure can be very powerful for people who are after an alternative to acupuncture treatment. This is an important method for some children’s complaints and in labour support.