Acupuncture & Massage

in the Scottish Borders

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been developed and practised for over 2000 years. It follows the principle that the smooth flow of qi (energy) throughout the body is essential for good health. If this flow is disrupted in any way, pain or illness may occur.

Acupuncture works by accessing points along the pathways (meridians) of qi to correct the flow. It is an holistic approach which aims to treat the root of health problems by seeing the whole person which means it can be effective for a wide range of conditions.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into the body. Levels of sensation vary from person to person and also upon the location of the point on the body. The feeling of the needles is often likened to a mild electrical tingling followed by a dull ache.

Needles are sterile and single use only.

Additional therapeutic techniques used within acupuncture that might be included in a treatment are:
Electroacupuncture, where needles are stimulated with a small electrical charge for a stronger effect.
Cupping uses glass or plastic cups with a vacuum seal to create a suction effect on the skin. Cups can be placed on points of muscular pain to release tension. To release larger areas, a sliding cupping technique is used and it has a similar feel to massage.
Moxibustion is where the dried herb moxa (mugwort) is used to warm and stimulate the circulation of qi and blood throughout the body. The herb is burned and can be placed onto the ends of needles, held close to the skin using a 'cigar' or burned directly on the skin.