Acupuncture Treatment Tools

Acupuncture needles

In Toyohari acupuncture, very fine sterling silver needles are used, which are non-insertible. These manipulate the qi on the skin level.  Stainless steel needles may also be inserted to a depth of 1-2 millimetres, or inserted horizontally underneath the skin. Sensations and the movement of qi may be felt within the body and is normally pain free.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture may also be performed where slightly larger stainless steel needles may be inserted perpendicularly into the body, or inserted horizontally underneath the skin. Stronger needling sensations may be felt.

Moxibustion

In Oriental Medicine, the term acupuncture includes both needles and moxibustion. Acupuncture is therefore the application of both needles and moxibustion to promote health and wellbeing.

What is moxibustion?

Moxibustion is the burning of the herb Mugwort, or Artemisia, which is used to regulate the blood.  Used together, needling and moxibustion regulate the qi and blood of the body to treat imbalances of the body, mind and spirit.

What does it do?

Moxibustion is warming, nourishing and harmonising for the body-mind. It disperses cold and resolves damp and phlegm. Western studies have shown that it can activate our immune function, enhancing lymphocytes and other natural killer cells.

Cupping

Stagnation in the body retards the flow of qi and blood, creating pain and discomfort. Cupping can reduce pain and discomfort by moving deep blood stagnation, and is therefore can be useful in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. It can also help  treat a number of other conditions including constipation and some respiratory conditions.

Dietary therapy

Food can make an enormous impact on our health and wellbeing. Chinese Medicine dietary therapy focuses on the qualities of the food we eat – thermal properties (warming, cooling, neutral), qi movement and Five Element associations. Eating to nourish and support specific organs in the body can dramatically assist in healing and promoting wellbeing. Once your primary pattern of imbalance has been diagnosed, dietary suggestions can be made; which foods to include and which foods to avoid. Eating in accordance with each season is also encouraged.  See the blog page for information on diet, good food and yummy recipes. Cooking classes are also held to educate and promote good food for optimal health and wellbeing.