My acupuncture degree is in traditional Chinese Medicine. Since graduating, I have developed a strong interest in Japanese acupuncture and my techniques are influenced by this style of work. Either style is effective but Japanese style acupuncture is a very gentle technique and it's effect very nourishing on the body. And of course, it works!
I am influenced particularly by the work of Japanese teachers Tsuyoshi Shimamura and Kiiko Matsuumoto - both of whom studied with the unsighted (yes, blind!) Japanese acupuncture master, Master Nagano.
A word about Needles: Unlike syringes that many people are accustomed to, an acupuncture needle has a very small diameter. In clinic I use needles in size range between 0.14mm-0.25mm diameter. Needles are made of stainless steel and are very light and pliable. All needles used in my practice are single use and sterile.
Using material referred to as Moxa (moxa wool), moxibustion is a non-needle technique that we know from ancient Chinese scrolls would have preceded the development and use of needles. Moxa was first used in ancient China and now much used both in China and Japan. Moxa comes from the plant commonly known as Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris lateriflora and several other strains such as Artemisia princeps, Artemisia montana, Artemisia argyii, Artemisia indica and Artemisia chinensis.) It commonly takes the form of compressed dried plant and resembles an incense stick. In my clinic I prefer to use either stick on Ibuki moxa or needle head moxa to complement the work of acupuncture.
A special word about Shonishin. This is the term used by the Japanese for needle free paediatric work, specifically for those special little people in your life - children. Treatments are quite painless and more akin to massage than acupuncture. This technique treats the meridians and works wholistically with the body to treat a wide variety of conditions.
Naturally, Shonishin can be used for anyone, so is especially for those who are sensitive to needles.
Made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow walking the red carpet with circular ‘cup’ marks on her back! This technique involves applying suction cups to tissue (most commonly the back area) to help draw circulation and energy to an area. Used particularly to help resolve tissue pain and tension (stagnation) and micro-tears, cupping can help speed up the healing process where there are soft tissue injuries.
These very small magnets are used on acupuncture points in place of needles. The magnets are put in place with a small amount of adhesive tape and left in place for several days. You may be asked to ‘tap’ on the magnet each day.
Based on the philosophy that given good nutrition, exercise, contact with the earth (being in nature), healthy sleep habits and social support, the human organism is better placed to balance itself and maintain a state of health. Of course we rarely manage to have all these factors working together in our lives these days!
Naturopathy includes the use of dietary adjustment, lifestyle recommendations with herbal medicine and nutritional supplementation where appropriate.
Although I focus on acupuncture as the principle treatment used in the clinic, having been a Naturopath for 27 years means that I'll often prescribe herbs or nutrition for you to support the body and assist the healing process.
Even the ear has acupuncture points, with the theory being that the whole body is reflected in the external ear. Either needles or studs can be applied to these acupuncture points. The studs are more like very small seeds or ball bearings and are applied to points on the ear with a small amount of adhesive.
The use of ear points may be used as a stand alone treatment or may be used to enhance a general body treatment.