Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles to send subtle, yet effective, messages to the body to shift itself into a more balanced state.
Treatment plans can also include herbal medicine, cupping and essential oils.
Herbal Medicine – Chinese herbal medicine is hailed as the oldest and most extensive use of herbs and plant medicines in recorded history. We look at herbs differently than western herbalism. In Chinese Herbal Medicine we understand their effect in the body by understanding their flavours and thermodynamics. Herbal formulas are used to support physiology being brought into right relationship. We open what is blocked and support or nourish what is deficient. The result? You experience more flow physically, mentally and emotionally.
Cupping – Excellent for fascia and musculoskeletal work. Negative pressure is created inside the cup, the cup is then placed on the skin where the fascia and muscles are released. Cupping is also used to stimulate the immune system and move stagnant blood, lymph and Qi.
Essential Oils – Much to the same degree as herbal medicine, we work with essential oils to support the therapeutic outcome of the treatment. Oils excel in their ability to shift mood almost instantaneously and deeply nourish our physiology. They are directly incorporated into the session if deemed necessary.
When working with essential oils QUALITY IS KEY.
A good essential oil is paramount to getting the full medicinal effects. My five rules of thumb are these:
- They are 100% pure. A lot of companies will add other oils and impurities and degrade the quality. You can test for quality and purity but doing a 60 second test. Put one drop of oil on the palm of your hand and rub together for 60 seconds. At the end of the 60 seconds, there should be no residue left. If there is, your oil is not pure.
- The plant is harvested in its native land.
- It is harvested at a time when the therapeutic benefits are at their maximum.
- The plants are grown as close to organic as possible
- They are tested for impurities every step of the way.