My passion for practicing Chinese medicine is rooted in its core principle that in life and health everything is interconnected.
I am motivated by the powerful and comprehensive approach Chinese medicine creates for health and well-being. I enjoy applying my knowledge and experience to help people restore and maintain physical, mental and emotional balance.
Sacred Dao is a comfortable and safe clinic setting where I combine East Asian medicine therapies and philosophy with science, mindfulness and breathwork to offer personalised treatments for a wide range of conditions.
The treatments are individually adapted based on a detailed diagnosis to best suit each person'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, moxibustion, tui na, cupping, gua sha and qi gong, as well as herbal remedies to treat and prevent health problems.
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method that supports and enhances the body’s natural healing abilities by activating its regulating systems, reducing and relieving blockages and pain and improving the function of affected areas.
It involves the insertion of very fine needles at specific points of the body, which activate the qi氣(vital energy/life force) that flows through the acupuncture channels, balancing, nourishing and supporting the body at all levels.
Acupuncture also includes the techniques of electro-acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping and gua sha.
Moxibustion is a Chinese medicine therapy 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.
Moxibustion facilitates healing by nourishing the affected area, invigorating the blood and the flow of qi, and eliminating any harmful 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 stagnation by drawing congested blood and qi to the surface. Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the acupuncture channels to help balance and invigorate qi and blood, as well as target more specific internal disorders.
Cupping is a deep-tissue therapy which can also 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.
Tui na (‘push-pull’) is a form of medical massage based around the acupuncture meridians and points, mostly used in combination with acupuncture to treat internal conditions, as well as musculoskeletal issues. This technique dates back over 2000 years.
Tui na practitioners utilise a wide range of techniques to knead, roll, press and rub the body which activates the flow of qi and blood and restores balance. A tui na treatment typically happens whilst the person is still clothed.
"I initially found Sacred Dao to help me manage a period of depression that comes and goes in my life and even after 1 treatment Oana had helped me immediately. She helped me with my low moods and anxiety that comes with the depression and I felt better straight away. Soon after meeting her I became pregnant which is also something I wanted her to help me with. After a few months of trying for a baby I fell pregnant and I feel that the acupuncture treatments definitely had something to do with it. I have been continuing my treatments with Sacred Dao throughout the pregnancy which have been amazing for treating nausea to hormonal moods to pregnancy pains. I’ve also had a few concerns during the end of my pregnancy and Oana has been incredible at treating these issues immediately as well.
I feel completely held by her and her work is beyond amazing. She listens carefully and is extremely knowledgeable about her field. She is incredibly compassionate and I’ve found her advise be so helpful on multiple occasions. I always leave a treatment feeling calm, relaxed and in balance. Oana is very easy to talk to and I’ve never felt it hard to open up with her and get to the root of what’s been bothering me. Whether it’s a physical or emotional sensation in the body Oana has always been able to help and nothing is silly or off limits to discuss.
The practice itself is always immaculately clean and tidy but feels tranquil and calm. Oana makes it a perfect space to relax. This really is a complete experience you get at Sacred Dao, Oana not only helps in a practical way but offers advice on how best to live your life for the optimal health of your body."