Mai Healing Acupuncture Chichester
All the therapies listed here may be used during your treatment - at no additional cost.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called 'qi', that circulates through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. When qi becomes imbalanced, illness may occur. Acupuncturists insert very fine needles into specified points along meridian lines to influence and restore balance to the flow of qi.
Acupuncture helps the body to reach its optimum state for self healing, seeing no separation between body and mind, Acupuncture will operating on both of these levels simultaneously.
Acupuncture can work as an effective adjunct to western medicine.
Strong evidence suggest acupuncture can treat the following conditions:
- Dental pain
- Pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee
The World Heath Organisation has recognised the efficacy of acupuncture for a number of conditions.
Acupuncture may also benefit a wide range of health problems, including the following conditions:
- Addiction disorders including smoking, drug and alcohol addiction
- Asthma and respiratory diseases
- Circulatory diseases such as Raynauds disease, intermittent claudication, and recurrent cramping
- Digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, diverticulitis, crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, haemorrhoids and obesity
- Facial rejeuvenation, a natural alternative to facelift surgery
- Male and female infertility including IVF, impotence
- Menstrual, gynaecological and obstetric disorders including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), painful periods, heavy periods, light or scanty periods, PCOS, endometriosis, morning sickness, breech foetal presentation, delayed labour, insufficient breast milk, menopause and hot flushes
- Neurological disorders including headaches & migraine, tinnitus, facial paralysis (bells palsy) the side effects of stroke
- M.E. and chronic fatigue
- Painful Joints and Musculo-Skeletal Conditions including back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, osteo-arthritis, rheumatism sprains and injuries to soft tissues
- Sinusitis and allergies
- Urinary tract diseases such as recurrent cystitis and urethritis
What Should You Expect from Treatment?
You will first be asked about your current symptoms, what treatment you have received, your medical history, your diet,
digestive system, sleep patterns and emotional state. The acupuncturist will also take your pulses on each wrist and will ask to look at
your tongue in order to form a complete diagnosis.
Your first consultation will last for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes with a follow-up session lasting from between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The amount of sessions required will depend on the presenting condition. Typically the acupuncturist will use between 10 and 20 needles.
You should feel no pain but may feel a slight tingling or dull ache. Patients commonly experience feelings of deep relaxation and may often fall asleep.
What is Auricular Acupuncture?
Auricular acupuncture is, quite simply, acupuncture done on the ear. In auricular acupuncture, the insertion of needles
is performed on the ear, which is thought to contain a myriad of important and potentially therapeutic acupuncture points.
Why Auricular Acupuncture?
Auricular Acupuncture is widely used throughout the United Kingdom to treat people with a variety of conditions. It is most
commonly known for the treatment of smoking cessation, weight loss and substance misuse and has been growing steadily since the 1970s.
It is now considered to be the standard acupuncture treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, however it forms the basis of a
number of protocols used in the treatment of Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Pain Management.
I have been seeing Gill since August 2009 for various conditions, most notably unexplained infertility. She is currently assisting me through IVF and is incredibly sensitive and supportive to the emotional and physical implications of this treatment.
During the past months, Gill has also successfully treated sciatica, stress, RSI and some digestion problems. The Mai Healing log cabin is a wonderful place to escape to for an hour and I always come away feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mai Healing and infact, already have, many times!
Thanks for everything Gill x
Janice, Hayling Island
What is Cupping?
Cupping therapy has been found in ancient records dating back 3500 years and it is still used today by
many alternative medicine practitioners. It is the best deep tissue massage available.
What are the Benefits of Cupping?
Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the
lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear
stretch marks and improve varicose veins.
What is Electro-Acupuncture?
Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which pairs of acupuncture needles are attached to a device that generates
continuous electric pulses between them. Another term is Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS). Electro-acupuncture is
highly effective with musculoskeletal conditions.
Electro acupuncture can be especially helpful with neurological diseases, including paralysis, pain, numbness, and muscle spasms.
It can also treat internal as well as external trauma and therefore works well on chronic and acute conditions. Generally electro
acupuncture works well when mixed with traditional acupuncture.
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion is an integral part of the Oriental system of medicine is the application of heat to a specific area or point on the
body. The term 'moxibustion' is derived from the Japanese 'Moe Kusa', meaning 'burning herb'. Moxa is obtained from the herbal plant
'Arternisia Vulgaris', also commonly called mugwort. The mugwort is processed it further into a stick that resembles a (non-smokable)
cigar and is used indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or sometimes burnt over the patient's skin.
The Benefits of Moxibustion
The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow
of qi, and maintain general health.
Moxibustion therapy in conjunction with acupuncture can be very effective for many diseases and conditions including back pain,
muscle stiffness, headaches, migraines, tendonitis, arthritis, digestive disorders, anxiety, and female health problems such as menstrual
cramps, irregular periods, and infertility.
It should be noted that moxa, especially direct moxa, is generally not recommended for patients with diabetes, decreased sensitivity to
pain, who are on certain medications such as prednisone, or who have any other conditions involving compromised circulation or a weakened immune system.