Your initial consultation involves taking a detailed case history to form a diagnosis from a Chinese Medicine perspective. Your pulses at both wrists will be monitored and your tongue observed. Physical checks may also be carried out depending on your condition. From this information, a treatment plan will be prepared including appropriate acupuncture points. Lifestyle changes such as nutrition, activity levels may well be recommended. 

The first treatment lasts up to 1.5 hours and subsequent treatments are an hour. The primary treatment methods used are:


Acupuncture involves using extremely fine, sterile needles at specific points to regulate the vital energy, called ‘Qi’ which in Chinese medicine, flows through channels in the body. The aim of treatment is to regulate or strengthen the smooth and harmonious flow of Qi, and stimulating your body’s own healing response to restore equilibrium, leading to good health and wellbeing.


Moxibustion involves the burning of the herb ‘mugwort’ known as moxa to aid healing by stimulating the flow of Qi and blood. A pleasant warming sensation is experienced that penetrates deep into the skin. Moxa can be used on the acupoint

  • With a Stick
  • Small Cones
  • On a Needle

A heatlamp is also an effective way to provide heat over a wider area of the body.


Cupping is used in conjunction with acupuncture to improve the flow of Qi, blood and lymph. It is used most commonly to treat muscular conditions such as back, neck and shoulder pain or for respiratory ailments such as colds, flu and bronchitis.

When the heated glass cup is placed on the skin, the vacuum created produces a suction effect that increases blood circulation and relaxes muscles.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the ear is seen as a microcosm of the whole body and acupoints on the surface of the ear can be stimulated for many conditions including addictions, mood changes, obesity and pain.

Ear acupuncture points can be stimulated for longer periods by using ear seeds which are held in place with a small piece of adhesive tape and left in for several days.


Chinese medicine has a refined and well proven system of nutrition to assist in improving a wide range of health conditions and overall wellbeing such as eating seasonal vegetables and how to reduce bloating.

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