At the heart of my passion for practicing Chinese medicine lies the belief of its core foundations, that in life and health everything is interconnected. I am motivated by the holistic and powerful approach of Chinese medicine, and love to dedicate my knowledge and experience to help people restore and maintain physical, mental and emotional balance and cultivate their health.
At Sacred Dao I offer holistic and personalised treatments for a wide range of conditions within a comfortable and safe clinic setting. The treatments combine the Chinese medicine therapies to best suit each patient's constitution, needs and health concerns.
"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
CHINESE MEDICINE THERAPIES
The Chinese medicine tradition is a culmination of almost 3000 years of evolution. Chinese medicine practitioners use various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture, tui na and qi gong, as well as herbal remedies to treat and prevent health problems.
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin at specific meridian points of the body, which activate the qi氣(vital energy/life force) that flows through the meridians energising, nourishing and supporting the cells, tissues, muscles, organs and glands.
Acupuncture also includes the techniques of electro-acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping and gua sha.
Tui na (‘push-pull’) is a form of medical massage based around the acupuncture meridians and points, which is very often used together with acupuncture.
Tui na practitioners utilise a wide range of techniques to knead, roll, press and rub the body which activates the flow of qi and restores harmony.
The technique dates back over 2000 years and is used extensively in China to treat internal conditions as well as musculoskeletal issues.
A tui na treatment typically happens whilst the person is still clothed.
Moxibustion is a technique that involves the burning of mugwort (Ai ye-Artemisia Vulgaris), a small, spongy herb, on or over an acupuncture point or an affected site on the body. The purpose of moxibustion is to facilitate healing by nourishing the blood, invigorating the flow of qi, and dispelling pathogenic factors.
It is most commonly used together with acupuncture or sometimes as an alternative, depending on the condition treated. The actual Chinese character for acupuncture translated literally means "acupuncture-moxibustion."
Cupping is a technique that uses small glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin to disperse and break up stagnation and obstruction by drawing congested blood and qi to the surface. Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians to help to balance and invigorate qi and blood, as well as target more specific disorders.
Cupping is a deep-tissue therapy which can help release toxins, clear blockages, and refresh veins and arteries within the treated areas. It is usually done on the back, however hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can also be 'cupped,' thus targeting specific organs that correlate with these areas.
Gua sha is a therapy that involves the gentle scraping of the skin surface with a smooth-edged massage tool (gua) usually made of jade, to improve qi and blood circulation. It mainly addresses chronic pain and is believed to reduce inflammation, thus it is often used to treat conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain. Gua sha can also be used in the treatment of common cold.
Gua sha is usually applied on a person’s back, neck, arms, and legs.
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