What does it work for?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of conditions and their symptoms. In the classical texts it is used to treat every part of the body and every illness or disease. Acupuncture is not a one size fits all type of treatment and each patient will receive a treatment tailored to them based on a detailed history that includes not just the body but also your childhood, diet and lifestyle.
Many patients come to Victoria with musculo-skeletal problems such as back pain, shoulder issues and tendonitis, and many patients come with the sense of not feeling right in themselves. Everyone knows what it feels like to be tired, to not sleep well, to have problems with their digestion, or pain which is dulled by painkillers but never truly goes away. Acupuncture enables these patients to get back to feeling good again and to get rid of the niggling health issues that build up through our lives.
Acupuncture is recommended by the World Health Organization for many conditions, including but not limited to: stroke, joint and muscle pain, asthma, period pain, headaches, pregnancy symptoms, induction and labour pain, nausea and vomiting, arthritis, cancer pain, infertility, fibromyalgia and insomnia. For the full list click here: PDF download.
For more information about what acupuncture can be used for and surrounding research, follow this link to the British Acupuncture Council website.
Moxibustion, Cupping and Guasha
Moxibustion (Moxa) is one part of Chinese Medicine and involves using the heat from burning the herb to supplement treatment with needles.
Cupping is the use of suction cups over acupuncture points or on stiff or sore parts of the body to move blood and fluids in the area, releasing stagnation and tension or nourishing the area where blood and fluids are lacking. Cupping can leave bruise like marks on the skin, which are not painful but can look... interesting. Cups will only be used with your permission.
Guasha is a scraping technique that, similarly to cupping, releases stagnation in an area where blood and fluids are stuck. Using a guasha tool, a smooth fine edge is pulled across the skin in areas where there is pain. This tends to produce 'sha' or red or purple dots that bring the stagnant toxins and energy to the surface, providing relief to the patient. Again, these marks can be unsightly and surprising to those who haven't seen them before and treatment will only be performed if you want it.