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 Therapies

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Acupuncture 

Acupuncture is believed to have originated 2000 years ago in China, 

It is a form of alternative medicine and a main component of traditional Chinese medicine. Nowadays, acupuncture has become the most popular therapy around the world.

 

Acupuncture is using a single-use sterile needle which is inserted into our body in specific channels and points. According to the theory of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture can stimulate "Qi" energy flow in the body to produce a therapeutic effect, unblocking blocked channel and bringing our body to a healthy equilibrium.

Acupuncture can treat a variety of diseases and conditions including:

  • pain Management

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Digestive disorders

  • Insomnia 

  • Anxiety / Depression / Stress

  • Chronic fatigue 

  • Women's health (period pain, irregular menstruation, fertility, IVF support)

  • Respiratory disorder (asthma, common cold, cough, allergy, rhinitis, sinusitis)

  • Skin conditions 

Moxibustion 
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Moxibustion involves burning ‘moxa’ which is made of ground mugwort leaves,  it is a form of heat therapy. By burning the moxa on the top of the skin surface, it can stimulate the qi energy flow in your body which enabling release of qi stagnation and improving circulation. Bringing about a wide range of benefits including:

  • reduction of pain (menstrual cramps, joint and muscle pain, chronic pain)

  • Fertility

  • Asthma symptoms

  • Fatigue 

  • Cold and flu prevention

  • High blood pressure 

Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is the oldest and most widely used system of medicine in China. Focusing on prevention, the key principles of herbal medicine include restoring balance to the body and maintaining this balance to concurrently maintain your health. As every individual reacts and experiences illnesses in a subjective manner, herbal medicine is customized to the patient in order to maximize the medicinal potential of the treatment. Additionally adjusting the medicine alongside the patient’s changing symptoms to tailor the medicine to further optimise the achievement of your desired health outcome. The basis of Chinese Herbal Medicine is herbs, hence due to the natural sourcing of ingredients there is also the added benefit of limited side effects as well as medicine that improves immunity opposed to damaging it whilst fighting an illness. 
Cupping 

Cupping therapy involves using suction cups on our skin to increase blood and lymph circulation by creating a vacuum. It mimics the effects of a deep tissue massage as it relieves muscle tension, reduces swelling, promotes cell repair as well as helps the formation of new connective tissues and blood vessels. At Aster Chinese Medicine we leave the suction cups stationary on the skin for around 5-10 minutes in order to optimise the beneficial effects of cupping.

 

Please note: After cupping therapy there will be red congested marks displayed on the surface of the skin for several days due to the suction. The fading of these red congested marks can vary from individual to individual, some may take 1-3 days and others can take a bit longer. Our practitioner can further discuss with you if you have any further concerns with regards to the red congested marks.

Gua Sha 
Gua Sha is a natural therapy which involves scrubbing the skin with a scrubbing board in order to improve circulation through stimulation of micro circulation of soft tissue. It addresses stagnant energy known as ‘Qi’ in Chinese medicine that is associated with the cause of inflammation which is known to be the underlying cause of conditions associated with chronic pain and tension. It has been scientifically proven to improve the range of movement and reduce pain