Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture
During consultations, I use various techniques and diagnostic methods such as discussing patient history and symptoms, checking the pulse, looking at the tongue (sometimes the Iris) and palpating the body. Once this is done, I form a diagnosis based on TCM principles and formulate a treatment plan.
The treatment itself involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin at specific points along channels in the body to activate the body’s own healing mechanisms by accessing qi.
In addition to Acupuncture, I may also use moxa, cupping and sometimes gua sha to stimulate the bodies response and optimise the treatment strategy.
I also give naturopathic advice as part of all my treatment plans.
“Nicola is an experienced and talented healer. My regular acupuncture sessions with her bring balance and ease to my body and mind. She has helped me through the stresses of IVF and the demands of pregnancy with her empathic presence, her warmth and her expert treatments. Very Highly recommended.”
Cupping and Moxa
Involves the burning of the herb, mugwort at certain points along the channel in order to bring heat/warmth to the affected area and to stimulate the white blood cells for healing.
Moxa can be used in a number of ways including on the needle, direct on the skin or by using a moxa stick depending on the desired effect/outcome. I am trained to use both Chinese Medicine moxa and Japanese style rice grain moxa.
I have successfully used moxa to support a variety of issues, but have had particular success with assisting to reduce inflammation of the joints and improve mobility for conditions such as arthritis.
Cupping is often described as a reverse massage and involves placing suction cups on the skin at certain points in the body. The aim is to move qi and blood in the body and disperse stagnation, thus eliminating pain. In particular, I use cupping to assist in the treatment of respiratory conditions and musculoskeletal pain.
Moxa and cupping can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or as a stand alone treatment and can be used in a number of ways, including static cupping or sliding cupping using massage and essential oils.
“I would recommend Nicola to anyone interested in exploring acupuncture treatments like moxa and cupping, which are also very relaxing and an excellent way to pamper yourself!”