Traditional acupuncture involves three main methods
Needle insertion – thin sterilised needles, typically about 13-20mm long are inserted into the skin at specific points along a meridian line, sometimes by way of a guide tube, and which can then be manipulated either by gentle spinning or flicking to stimulate the area.
Moxibustion - Moxa, commonly known as Mugwort, believed to be an agent that increases blood circulation to a specific area. The dried leaves are shaped into a cone and then lit. The smouldering herb is held just above an acupuncture point to create heat thereby increasing circulation to a specific area.
Cupping therapy - small glass cups, often bell-shaped, which are heated and then placed on to the skin creating a vacuum thereby increasing circulation, which promotes healing to specific areas.
Acupuncture aims to assist in the relief of symptoms of a range of conditions, including chronic pain such as back pain, menstrual disorders, pregnancy disorders, infertility, stress and anxiety conditions.