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.