I also offer the following therapies:
Not everyone can handle the sight or idea of needles being inserted into their body. There are of course other ways of stimulating the body’s meridians and acu points. Touch has always been a powerful healing mechanism with a variety of ways available for triggering health and wellbeing through the manipulation of points along the body’s energy, life force, blood, lymph and nerve pathways. Acupressure points are an integral part of every traditional Thai massage and cupping therapy, and more importantly, can be practised at home by the patient on themselves.
Therapeutic bloodletting, also known as phlebotomy in a Western medicine clinical setting, is a traditional medicine practice that actually predates acupuncture and has been widely used around the world through techniques such as scarring and the application of leeches to the body. Bloodletting today relies on hypodermic needles and lancets to practice venesection or the incision of a vein to allow blood to seep out. This is often combined with cupping and is known as wet cupping.
The idea behind bloodletting is to remove old stagnant blood and subsequent waste in that particular blood, as well as prevent blood stasis in general through the letting or movement of the blood via a miniscule incision in the skin or vein. The puncture can relieve pressure and circulatory stagnation, thereby promoting the return of new blood, normal circulation and life force back to the affected area. The physical and psychological benefits can be instant.
Evidence of bloodletting can be dated back to Ancient Egypt, with an over three thousand year history. It is only in recent times that modern medicine and its shift in understanding disease deemed the practice of bloodletting as ineffective and obsolete. However, bloodletting is still practised successfully around the world, with the Master Tung zones and Luo channel theory being particularly important in holistic treatment.
Gua Sha is sometimes thought of as scraping by those unfamiliar with its practice. The technique of Gua Sha doesn’t actually scrape anything away from the skin. Instead Gua Sha is the technique of stroking the skin using a rounded instrument with adequate pressure applied, to trigger Sha (toxins appearing as redness or dots) to leave the body’s deep or superficial tissue so that it can rise to the skin’s surface in a process of release and exit.
Gua Sha is applied using a particular instrument in a single direction and works on the body’s tissue and fascia, blood and other fluids, and Qi and meridians. Redness and petechiae are the result of toxins, waste, pathogens, etc., being released through the skin’s surface. These can remain until the body’s self healing process is complete.
The right tool and technique, as well as the palpation of the skin feeling for excess, deficiency, stagnation, hot, cold, dampness, dryness, wind, softness, hardness, and other indicators, are all essential in the proper application and success of Gua Sha. The individual constitution and health status also need to be taken into consideration so that the technique is not excessive and depleting but rather soothing and tonifying, if needed.
Mugwort is the herb used in the practice of moxibustion (the burning of moxa). Mugwort is renown as a pain relieving herb, and can be used for treating the liver, digestion issues, in parasite cures and to calm the nervous system. Mugwort has been used in the past and still today for spiritual protection and development.
In the practice of moxibustion, moxa sticks made up of Mugwort are used to heat and dispel cold, deficiency and stagnation in the body’s meridian channels and points, as well as to tonify Qi. Basically moxibustion is a form of heat therapy that has been practised for centuries in China and other parts of the world.
Treatment usually takes between 20-30 minutes for a particular area or point, and is used in combination with other therapies such as cupping and Gua Sha. The moxa stick or cone is either placed directly on the skin or held above. Sticks can be bought already made or moxa punk can be purchased to make your own cones.