Jill Shepherd


Usually used alongside acupuncture in the treatment of musculo~skeletal problems (aches & pains)

Cupping An ancient therapy using glass cups to encourage the flow of qi and blood to the area being treated, which helps to clear local congestion and stagnation in the channels. Sliding cup therapy gives the equivalent to a deep tissue massage, and can be used for treating back and shoulder pain. Fire cupping may be used to help clear pathogens and phlegm, and may be useful in the treatment of chest congestion.

Useful for treating stubborn conditions such as chronic pain and damp syndromes, where qi has accumulated and is difficult to stimulate. Small clips are attached to the needles and a continuous electrical sensation pulses through them, to help disperse congestion. The sensation is pleasant and tingling ~ some clients report that it feels similar to a tens machine.

Moxibustion A clinical method used widely in the Far East, in which the dried mugwort herb (moxa) is used on the end of needles, or just off
the skin. The moxa is lit and smoulders, warming the skin and meridians. It can be useful for treating cold and damp conditions ~ including arthritis, back pain, and also some cases of infertility. Moxibustion can be used to stimulate the circulation of qi and blood. It is also used in some parts of the world for boosting the white blood cell count and improving immunity.

Infra~red heat lamps are used to target specific areas, enabling deep heat penetration. Heat therapy is used to ease muscular aches, pains, sprains, strains, and stiffness. It warms, relaxes, and expands local capillaries, thereby stimulating local circulation.

TCM is truly holistic. It considers the person's body, mind, diet, exercise, work, rest, leisure, achievements, problems, relationships and lifestyle as a whole. Rather than just focusing on symptoms, treatment places some emphasis on finding and treating the cause of the problem; as well as empowering clients to take full responsibility for their health. All TCM modalities serve one purpose: To help regain the balance of Yin and Yang and improve the body's ability to heal itself.