Acupuncture and Naturopathy
in County Roscommon, Leitrim & Sligo
Moxibustion (or moxa) is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort (artemesia vulgaris) to facilitate healing.
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.
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick and holds it an inch or two away from the skin, usually around the inserted needles to bring mild warmth to the area without burning, until the skin becomes slightly red.
In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians,
which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi.
Moxibustion can help to relieve pain, increase energy, reduce fatigue, calm stress and calm anxiety. The technique can be also used to turn breech babies, a situation where the baby has its shoulder or back pointing down, or is lying sideways across the abdomen.
For those who are uncomfortable with needles it can also be used as an alternative to acupuncture.
Cupping applies suction to the surface of the body to draw out pathogenic factors or to invigorate the flow of Qi
and Blood. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps).
By causing tissues to release toxins, cupping clears energy blockages and activates the lymphatic system.
Cupping is generally recommended for the treatment of respiratory conditions, back pains, stiff muscles, anxiety,
fatigue, migraines, rheumatism and cellulite although it does have application for other problems.
Cupping is not painful although it can sometimes leave distinctive marks on the skin that can last from several days to a week after treatment.
Initial consultation and treatment €50 (60 - 75 minutes)
Follow up sessions €40 (45 - 60 minutes)
Facial rejuvenation/cosmetic acupuncture €50 (60 - 75 minutes)
Please note that a minimum of 24 hours notice is required for cancellations. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged 50% of the treatment fee.
It is recommended that a minimum of 4 treatments be undertaken in order to facilitate an effective treatment strategy and to allow for a comprehensive assessment. The number of treatments will vary, they will be tailored to suit the patient’s response and for the condition being treated.
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