Often treatments will include other treatments along with the acupuncture. Here is a brief explanation of the treatments that Lucy often uses.
This treatment involves using a small battery operated machine to provide faint electric currents via leads from the machine and clipped onto the acupuncture needles. The patient will feel a pulsing sensation as the current passes between 2 needles. This is believed to stimulate the nerves and muscles.
This is a cleansing technique using a specialised smooth instrument in a firm stroking action on the body.
It is used mainly to move blocked energy (Qi) to help with pain and stiffness in joints and muscles.
This practice will cause red or purple marks on the skin which fades within a few days.
This is a Chinese medical massage typically carried out whilst the person is still clothed.
Cupping is one of the oldest methods of Chinese Medicine. Glass cups are placed on specific places on the body, a vacuum is created and skin is drawn up into the cups to help stimulate the flow of blood in that area. Sometimes oil may be applied to the body and the cups moved up and down particular meridians.
Cupping is used for conditions such as congestion, bronchitis, arthritis and painful joints and muscles to name a few.
Moxibustion is a form of treatment using moxa (a dried herb) on specific points or areas of the body.
Moxa comes in various forms: stick (about the size of a cigar), cones which are either put directly on the body or placed on top of needles. It can also be used loose in a moxa-box and placed on the body.
It is used in conjunction with acupuncture for many conditions such as back pain, muscle stiffness, headaches, infertility and menstrual problems.