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 natural healing by activating the regulating systems of the body, reducing and relieving pain and improving the function of affected areas within the body.
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.
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.
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 blood, invigorating 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.
“I started my acupuncture treatments in the beginning of my second month of pregnancy and I cannot imagine a better way to nourish and support my body and my baby. It helped ease and release back pain, sore breasts, constipation, stress and worry, and it boosted my energy levels.
Oana is a very knowledgeable practitioner, who not only creates a safe and welcoming treatment environment but also empowers you with self-care tools such as nutrition guides and acupressure points to practice at home. ”
— Love, Elena