Heather Bourne

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice

Acupressure and acupuncture are based on the Meridian theory. Meridians are energy channels in the body, wherein the vital energy (Qi) flows. Meridians have certain points (“acupuncture points”) located along them which, when stimulated, influence the energy flow in the body.

 

Acupressure is the technique of pressing on specific acupuncture points to trigger an energetic reaction in the body, while acupuncture uses needles to the same effect.

Acupressure and Acupuncture
 
Moxa
 

Moxa or moxibustion is a way of heating certain acupuncture points or certain areas of the body with burning dried mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). There is no direct contact of the burning plant with the skin.

 

This technique is very good for activating the energy flow in the body and for expelling cold.

Cupping
 

Cupping is done with glass cups of different sizes set directly on the skin under suction. The area of the body on which the cup is set is activated. This procedure is useful for activating a specific acupuncture point or activating the energy flow.

 

It may be used as such or may be integrated in a massage. It may leave round-shaped bruises on the skin which disappear after a few days.

Gua Sha
 

Gua Sha is a scraping procedure which is usually practised on the back of a patient. It has a warming and activating effect and thereby may accelerate the healing process. It may result in a temporary reddening of the skin which goes away after a few days.

Ear acupuncture
 

The ear is a complex microsystem where all parts of the body are “reflected”. By stimulating certain points on the ear, a full body reaction can be triggered.

 

Stimulation may be effected with pressure, massage, acupuncture needles or ear seeds.

Nutrition
 

According to TCM, nutrition is medicine. Nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining our bodies and minds healthy. There are no “one size fits all” nutrition recommendations. The approach to nutrition is based on the individual’s condition, history and the seasons.

 

The nutrition recommendations can easily be put into practice with local produce and are not limited to Chinese cuisine.

TuiNa
 

TuiNa massage encompasses techniques such as pressing, rolling and pushing, which are adapted to the ailment of the patient. TuiNa massages are integrated in all my sessions.

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