4 Alexandra Avenue, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU3 1HG
Mrs.Cheng@chineseacupuncture.co.uk
www.ChineseAcupuncture.co.uk
01582 618731

Services/Treatment

We offer the following services with flexible appointment times to our patients. Please click a listed service below for detailed information about that service.

Consultation & Advice

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (using sterilised disposable needles)

Chinese Herbal Remedies

Tui Na (also known as “Chinese Medical Massage”)

Cupping & Heat Therapy

Moxibustion

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Some of the above listed services are explained below:

 

                     Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture is one major feature of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has being practiced for thousands of years. Acupuncture is a safe and effective natural therapy that is used to heal illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. Acupuncture is growing in popularity as more and more people experience its health benefits for themselves throughout of the world. Acupuncture works through stimulating the body’s healing responses and immune system. The following explains why acupuncture works.

 

Chinese philosophy

According to traditional Chinese philosophy on which acupuncture is based, your health is dependent on the body's energy force, known as 'Qi'. When you are healthy, Qi moves in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels in the body called meridians. The meridians are linking to the internal organs.   There are 14 meridians around the body on which acupuncture points lie. Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities - Yin and Yang, and when they become unbalanced, illness may occur.

When you are faced with a physical, mental, or emotional problem, or illness, the Qi is disrupted, and your health worsens. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief. Other factors include poor nutrition, improper diet, extreme climatic conditions (cold, wind, heat, damp), hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma.  Inserting needles (very fine sterilized disposable acupuncture needles) into your body’s meridians  can help to release any blockages in the energy flow. It also helps to restore the body's natural balance by stimulating its own healing process.

 

Medical explanation

Although not all of the effects of acupuncture can be explained using conventional medicine, there has been some scientific research which shows how acupuncture can stimulate the body and reduce pain.

When needles are inserted into acupuncture points, it can help stimulate nerves, muscles, and tissue in your body. This stimulation then encourages the body to release certain chemicals, such as endorphins, and serotonin. Endorphins are the body's natural form of painkillers, and your brain releases these chemicals at times of pain and stress. Serotonin is a chemical that can affect your mood, emotions, and behaviour. It can also provide pain relief.

 

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                                     Chinese Herbal Remedies

 

Chinese herbal remedies are an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). They are specially formulated in China. Chinese people have been using natural herbs to treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions for thousands of years. Those herbs are composed of roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and branches. Each herb has its specific characteristics and particular medical use to treat diseases, to rectify the hyperactivity or hypoactivity of Yin and Yang, and to help restore the body to its normal physiological functions.

It is essential that Chinese herbal remedies must be given by qualified TCM doctors. At the initial consultation, the doctor will consider the patient’s overall symptoms, such as the type and severity of illness, how and when it occurs. The patient’s sex, age, and general health are also noted. The doctor will also take patient’s pulse and observe the patient’s tongue. Then following guidelines from classical Chinese medicine texts, the doctor will form a basic prescription and then adjusts the mixture according to the patient’s condition. Such a prescription usually contains 5-15 herbs and the dosages average 3-15 grams per herb.

Chinese herbal remedies normally come in the following forms:

1.   Loose herbs are a combination of dry herbs carefully selected by  a TCM doctor, up to 15 ingredients. Each prescription is tailor-made to the individual. The herbs are boiled with water and drunk as decoction (“Tea”)  to solve the root of the problems.

2.   Herbal powder is dried preparation of the decoction.

3.   Patent herbs are another form of Chinese herbs. They are pre-mixed herbal combinations made according to the traditional formulas developed and perfected by experts in TCM. They are usually in the form of pills and capsules.

4.   Herbal creams and herbal oils.

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                         Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage)

Tui Na is also known as Chinese medical massage closely related to acupuncture in its use of the meridian system. It differs from western massage in that finger and palm pressure is applied using a wide range of techniques. Tui Na is designed to prevent problems, not just correct them. It is not only for physical health but also for mental and emotional well-being as well. As with all other aspects of TCM, the aim of Tui Na is to enable the natural flow of Qi through the meridians of the body to regain the Yin-Yang balance, thus helping the body to return to health.

 

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                                                        Cupping                

 

Cupping Therapy has been an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years and continues to be incorporated into treatments today. Cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum on the patient's skin. Cups are applied on the surface of the skin (acupuncture point) to create a slight suction.  The therapy is used to dispel what is called “stagnation”,  loosening the areas of adhesion or restriction within the muscles and tissues of the body. Western medicine explains this as promoting blood circulation, which can relieve pain, ailments and boost the immune system. Cupping therapy is a painless procedure. It produces feeling of relaxation and invigoration

 

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Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment using the burning of moxa or mugwort herb, to help dispel cold and damp from the body  as well as warm the body’s channels.  The herb used for moxibustion therapy is Folium Artemisiae. Moxibustion is usually used in conjunction with acupuncture. It is useful in helping with a wide range of conditions, including aches and pains, colds and flu, and even poor digestion. 

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