Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a system of healing practiced in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years, it focuses on improving the overall well being of the patient rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. According to traditional Chinese philosophy our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy - known as ‘Qi’ - moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin.   By inserting very fine sterile needles (the thickness of a strand of hair) into these channels, the body's own healing response is stimulated to help restore it’s natural balance.

Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) and Five Element Acupuncture(FEA)

Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) and Five Element Acupuncture(FEA) are the 2 main styles of acupuncture taught and practiced in the UK and by integrating them both into my approach I am able to provide a breadth and depth not possible when one alone is used. More about the background to these styles can be covered at the treatment sessions if patients want to know more.

Integrated therapies

Integrated therapies under the acupuncture ‘umbrella’ of practice are also included in the treatment process at Silvertree Acupuncture. These include:

Cupping

Cupping - glass cups placed onto the skin create a vacuum like suction, providing a relaxing, non-invasive way to soften areas of muscle tension. It helps increase circulation and blood flow, releases toxins, and activates the lymphatic system.

Moxibustion (moxa)

Moxibustion (moxa) - a warming herb used to invigorate the qi and blood. It is also used to warm the body and expel coldness.

Guasha

Guasha - a technique that uses an implement to scrape the skin and release muscle tension.

Kinesiology Tape

Kinesiology Tape - this form of Tape is based on the body's own natural healing processes by increasing the space between the skin and muscle in order to allow easier fluid flow under the application area. The net result is pain relief, promotion of injury recovery and reduction of swelling.

Electro acupuncture

Electro acupuncture - electric current is passed through acupuncture needles promoting the flow of Qi and blood which helps relieve pain, warms the muscles and removes blood stasis.