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CuppingCupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction) in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be pulled. This is called gliding cupping.

Cupping is applied to certain acupuncture points as well as to parts of the body that have been affected by pain, where the pain is deeper than the tissues to be pulled. Cupping has greater emphasis on the back acupuncture due to the ease with which it can be performed on the back. Most practitioners use the back shu points or bladder meridian and the dazhui. It is frequently used after acupuncture, blood letting, or plum blossom treatment.

Remedial MassageHistory, tradition and global practice of Tui Na Massage provides specialised skills to assess conditions and trauma commonly experienced in the community. treatment of acute and chronic conditions resulting from activities related to sport, work and lifestyle. Range of motion, special tests and orthopaedic testing are developed to assist diagnosis of specific musculoskeletal conditions.

Traditional pulse and tongue assessment is linked to treatment protocols including acupressure point stimulation and acupuncture meridian massage techniques to open the channels and move the Qi. Resolving the stagnation of blood and Qi will address the pain of non-musculoskeletal conditions.

Chinese HerbsWhat substances are used in Chinese herbal medicine?
Today, there are more than 450 substances commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine - most are of plant origin though some animal and mineral substances may also be used. You may find some in your kitchen, such as ginger, garlic and cinnamon, while others such as chrysanthemum and peony flowers, are more likely to be found in your garden! Many of the substances used will be unfamiliar to you and have names like chai hu (bupleurum), di huang (rehmannia), and huang qi (astragalus). Some substances that were used traditionally are no longer part of modern professional Chinese herbal medicine practice. For example, traditional remedies that are derived from endangered species have been replaced by other substances with similar actions.

AcupunctureAs a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:

- provides drug-free pain relief

- effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments

- treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms

- provides an holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions

- assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being

MoxibustionMoxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.

Going beyond the basics of vitamins and minerals, Chinese medicine nutrition is the prescription of food based cures for health conditions. Foods are often prescribed as a supplement to acupuncture or herbal medicine treatment, and can help you to become more active in your recovery. Recipes for self healing then become part of your own first-aid kit against disease.

The typical modern day approach to food focuses on vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients and calories. The sophistication of Chinese Medicine nutrition goes beyond this basic foundation of a medicinal diet and further categorises foods according to their effects upon the body: eg. warming, cooling, drying, moistening.