Rachel uses a combination of two different types of acupuncture; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element Acupuncture. The combination of the two lends itself very well to an holistic approach aimed at improving both physical and mental health with an increased sense of wellbeing.
The focus of acupuncture is on the overall health of the individual, not just a list of symptoms. At your first appointment Rachel will take a full health history before giving you your first treatment.
The most commonly used acupuncture points are on the lower arms and legs so wearing loose comfortable clothing is ideal. Sometimes it is necessary to use points on the head, neck, back or abdomen, in which case a gown will be provided for you to wear.
The needles are sterile and single use; some needles are retained for 15-20 minutes, others are inserted and taken out straight away. While the needles are in it is best to lie still and relax – you would be amazed at the number of patients that fall asleep during treatment!
Some patients report feeling tired after a treatment so it is best to avoid rushing straight back to work if at all possible. Within your follow-up appointments Rachel may use other modes of Chinese Medicine to complement the acupuncture, such as:
Cupping is an ancient practice that stimulates acupuncture points or larger areas of the body. Cups are usually made of glass or plastic. The practitioner creates a vacuum inside the cup and quickly places it on to the area to be treated. Cupping is not painful but it can leave reddish patches on the skin for some days. It can be used to treat coughs and colds, relieve aches and pains and soothe stiff muscles.
This is a technique that involves scraping the skin with a tool. Oil is applied to the skin first so that the tool slides easily and the technique involves causing a ‘sha’ or mark on the skin. Like cupping, this will often stay for a few days. It is used to treat coughs and colds, inflammation, muscular pain, nausea and vomiting.
Moxa or moxibustion is a term derived from the Japanese word mogusa or mo kusa, meaning, “burning herb.” It is burned on a needle or held over the body to strengthen, warm and nourish, to boost the immune system and can even be used to turn breech babies.
Tuina is a form of medical massage that is based on the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It will usually incorporate most of the body not just the area that is causing you problems and will take place over your clothing. It is advisable to wear loose clothing of natural fibres.
It can be very good at treating specific problems, especially chronic muscle and joint pain. It is beneficial for such conditions as fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms, sports injuries and trauma, pain of the back, neck and shoulders. It can also help with long term conditions like insomnia, headaches and migraines, digestive problems and stress. As well as targeting specific problems, many patients find it beneficial as a preventative treatment.