Acupuncture Treatments Available At Thai Medicine Zone

a woman havign an acupuncture treatmentAcupuncture is one of the most popular of all Asian therapies. Having a long history dating back over two-thousand years, acupuncture brings a lot of interest and fascination for a lot of people. However, many people in the Western world still do not realise the incredible benefits of this therapy and what it can offer a person. Here we would like to share with you some more information on acupuncture therapy so you will have more of an understanding of what it can do and how it might be of benefit to yourself and people you know.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine often go together in a treatment. However, there are many practitioners who only practice acupuncture and do not use herbs. There are some conditions which can be treated by acupuncture alone as there are also ailments that will respond to only having Chinese herbs. However, in some circumstances, a patient may require both acupuncture treatment and herbs. In this case, then the acupuncturist will work alongside a Chinese herbalist if they do not practice herbs themselves.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about acupuncture to help you with your understanding and decision making when it comes to considering having this treatment for yourself.

An Insight Into Acupuncture Treatment

What Happens In An Acupuncture Treatment?

When a person first comes for an acupuncture treatment they will be interviewed about their current health and any ailments that they may be suffering with. The practitioner will take great care in asking questions about the past medical history in order to understand the person and their condition better.

From this point, the practitioner will then carry out a diagnosis, which will involve a combination of looking at the tongue, looking at areas of the body such as the face, feet and hands and palpating the abdomen as well as using the Chinese method of pulse diagnosis.

The practitioner will then formulate a treatment plan and choose the acupuncture points that will be able to help the person best for their current conditions. Once the needles have been inserted into the person, they will usually stay in the body for around twenty minutes. During this time the patient can relax and even have a sleep if they would like to.

What Can Acupuncture Help With?

Acupuncture can help with a wide range of conditions. Many people think of back pain when they think of acupuncture. However, many people are surprised to learn that this therapy can also help with disorders related to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine and circulatory systems of the body as well as helping to relieve and reduce pain in the joints and muscles.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

For the most part, acupuncture is not usually painful, however, sometimes there can be a momentary sharp scratch or a dull aching sensation, which is short lived. Once the needles are inside the chosen acupuncture points, the treatment is very relaxing and some people even fall asleep. You do not need to worry about the treatment being painful because acupuncture needles are very thin and well made, which means they do not catch or pull on the skin when they are being inserted. Here you can see more information about acupuncture needles and what they are made of in this article.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

This is a difficult question to answer because everybody is so different. It also depends on what you are requiring treatment for, how long you have had your condition and how your body responds to acupuncture. Everyone will respond to having acupuncture, but some people will respond more quickly than others.

Quyen Tran is an experienced acupuncturist who will be one of the practitioners working along-side us. Quyen is a practitioner from Vietnam and has been treating patients in the UK now for a few years. Quyen provides acupuncture for many different conditions and also provides facial acupuncture treatment to patients. You can learn more about Quyen by visiting her website at or you can also see Quyen on Vimeo here at BrownBook.

Here is an interesting video on what acupuncture is and how it works. This video is provided by the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Gua Sha Therapy – How And Why It Works

A lady with shoulder pain who is waiting for a Gua Sha treatmentThere are many healing techniques used in Thailand, and also across South East Asia. However, some are rather obscure while others are more commonplace. A technique that is not known as much in the West is Gua Sha. Although this method is not as common as acupuncture, herbalism and massage in the USA and Europe, it is extremely common and very popular in Asia.

Gua Sha is usually not a therapy offered on its own. But rather, Gua Sha is more commonly used in conjunction with another therapy such as acupuncture or Tui Na massage. Here we will explain what Gua Sha is and give you an insight into how it might be able to help you.

What Is Gua Sha Therapy?

Gua Sha is an abrasive technique of acupuncture that scrapes the surface of the skin multiple times to help release toxins in the body. Most commonly, when Gua Sha is used it will produce petechiae on the skin. Although the technique is a little uncomfortable and sometimes mildly painful, Gua Sha has been used for centuries and still remains both popular and effective for all kinds of conditions.

Why Use Gua Sha?

When we apply Gua Sha to one of our patients, we are doing several things. First of all, we are helping to release toxins in the system and in the blood that has become stagnant. This is particularly the case with tires and sore muscles. The more toxins that are in the body the more redness appears on the skin during and after a Gua Sha treatment.

During the process, the muscles are replenished with fresh oxygen and will help the body to heal more quickly. We will also use Gua Sha if a parent has been exposed to the elements and has accumulated internal cold, wind, damp or heat.

How Do We Use Gua Sha?

When we are doing Gua Sha we use a blunt and rounded tool like this one, which is made of jade. Often a smooth stone or crystal can also be used for Gua Sha therapy. In the old days, it has also been known for a therapist to use a blunt spoon or even a rounded coin that has no sharp edges.

When applying the technique we first place a layer of massage oil on the area to provide a bit of lubrication and to limit the abrasiveness. We will then take the Gua Sha stone and begin to rub the skin in one direction several times until redness appears on the skin. The more pathogens or toxins that are within needing to come out, the more redness that will appear.

Although this technique may sound painful, it can be a little during the process. However, after the patient will feel invigorated, lighter and more free in the worked areas.

What Is Cupping Therapy And How Can It Help You?

a Chinese medicine practitioner applying cupping therapy to a person's backCupping is a very ancient practice believed to have originated from Indo China thousands of years ago. It is a very primitive form of therapy. However, it’s benefits are still just as effective as they ever have been.

Cupping is also a therapy that is widely practised throughout Asia, and indeed, the whole world. Cupping therapy was also well received and adopted across Eastern Europe and Russia a few hundred years ago.

How Does Cupping Therapy Work?

Cupping therapy works by creating a vacuum with a flame inside a glass cup and then allowing it to attach to a person’s skin with a sucking action. Once applied, the cups are either left in place for a duration or moved up and down the surface of the skin in order to stimulate blood flow and create movement through the muscles and tissues.

In ancient times, pieces of bamboo carved into wooden cups were used for cupping therapy. Nowadays, it is more common that a practitioner uses a cup made out of glass. Some budget cups are also made out of plastic. However, the preference among cupping and Chinese medicine therapists today is that of the glass variety. Cupping is also a commonly used technique among acupuncture practitioners all over the world.

Benefits Of Cupping

cupping therapy on the back of the thighCupping has a variety of uses and benefits. Here are some of the more common uses:

  • To help improve blood flow to an area of the body
  • To help soften and relax tight or stiff muscles
  • To assist with lymph drainage
  • To help remove internal cold or damp from the body
  • To help move stuck bowel matter causing constipation
  • To help remove blood stagnation

The Common Techniques Of Cupping

The practice of therapeutic cupping has several different methods for the application. Here are some of the most common techniques that you may come across:

Stationary Cupping

This method is when cups are left in place on the body in order to create a strong suction in a static spot or position. In this method, the practitioner may apply several cups to a large area, such as the back. This technique may be used in cases of bronchitis, for example, in order to suck out any cold or damp that is left in the lungs.

Slide Cupping

With the technique of slide cupping, a layer of oil is first applied to the back and then the cups are applied on top. In this method, fewer cups are used. The practitioner will then begin to slide the cups back and forth over a specific area in order to stimulate blood flow, break down scar tissue int he muscles and eliminate toxins and trapped wind.

Blood Letting

This form of cupping is fairly common in Asia, but less so in the West. In this method, the practitioner first locates areas of blood stagnation that is resulting in poor health. Once the point is located, the practitioner will prick the skin with a needle in order to draw blood. The cup is then placed on top of the injured area to suck out the stagnant blood.

Using this method sounds brutal, but it has many health benefits once the stagnant blood is removed. When there is stagnant blood, the first few drops that emit from the body are a very dark or even black colour in some cases. The practitioner will leave the cups in place until the blood runs normal colour.

An Explanation Of Thai Massage And What It Can Do For You

a person receiving a Thai massageAlthough Thai massages have a long history, this massage technique has recently been gaining traction in the west.

If you’re not familiar with this form of massage technique then you will likely have questions about it what it actually is and how it may be able to help you.

Here in this article, we will give you an overview of the practice of this wonderful healing art from Thailand.

Thai Massage – An Overview

What Is Thai Massage?

A Thai massage is a form of massage that is rooted in ancient healing techniques and originating from the country of Thailand (formerly, Siam) in South East Asia. This form of massage combines traditional massages of rubbing, kneading, friction and pressure with a unique combination of stretching techniques to help to loosen stiff muscles and assist the body with flexibility.

Unlike many other forms of massage, no oils are used during a Thai massage. The person that is receiving the massage typically remains clothed. During the treatment, the recipient will have their body stretched, compressed, contorted and kneaded in various ways. Although the techniques can be slightly rough and sometimes painful, the overall experience of a Thai massage is certainly a pleasant one and usually leaves the recipient feeling very relaxed after.

What Is Thai Massage Good For?

If you’re struggling with stress, Thai massage is an excellent way to unwind. This form of massage also has numerous health benefits. For example, Thai massage has been shown to relieve many types of pain, especially pain from sore muscles. These massages can also improve circulation, which can speed up the healing process. Some studies have also suggested that Thai massage can improve the overall mood and increase a person’s sense of well-being.

As a summary, we have listed some of the key benefits of receiving a Thai massage from a qualified practitioner here:

  • Lowers muscular tension
  • Reduces spasms of the muscles
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Stimulates blood circulation
  • Improves overall mood and well-being
  • Stabilises energy
  • Builds energy
  • Improves the symptoms of headaches form muscle tension
  • Can benefit neck and shoulder pain
  • Can help to improve sciatic pain

Should I Consider A Thai Massage?

If you want to take advantage of the benefits that Thai massage offers, you should strongly consider scheduling a massage session with a registered professional in your local area.

A Thai massage is a specialist form of therapy and the practitioners are highly trained. In most areas, a masseuse must complete at least 800 hours of training before they can work with clients. You’ll be working with someone that has a strong understanding of the human body and massage principles.

Thai massage is fundamentally different from other forms of massage. Even if you’ve had a massage before, you may not have experienced the benefits that a Thai massage can provide, and certainly not in the same way. Whether you’re looking to unwind or are struggling with chronic pain, working with a trained masseuse could help benefit your health in many different ways.

Here is a demonstration on a Thai massage by practitioner, Sukha Wong.

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An acupuncture modelAcupuncture is a profound and fascinating discipline. For thousands of years, people all across Asia have been relying on Chinese medicine as their primary form of health care.

From its primitive beginnings, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have evolved to tremendous heights. Remarkably, acupuncture is now being used in hospitals, in particular in China and is even used in the procedure of open heart surgery. As amazing as this sounds, the technique is used primarily as a means of controlling pain and limiting blood loss during the operation.

While most of us will never have the need for such drastic intervention with acupuncture, the treatment method can be of primary importance and benefit for a wide range of health issues.

Most commonly, people here in the West are utilising this method for help with all kinds of muscular pain, including back, neck and shoulder pain. However, acupuncture can actually be used for far more ailments than just this. For example, people frequently use the treatment for help with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, nausea, anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, fertility, respiratory issues and much more. Here is an interesting study on the use of acupuncture in treating anxiety and depression.

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