There are various different methodologies that can be implemented to help address imbalance, the key ones are illustrated below.

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Most people’s experience of needles is of those used for injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these and are as fine as a human hair.

The needle sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Many people experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation. Some needles are left in place for approximately 20 minutes, while others are just ‘in and out’ within a few seconds.

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This involves putting suction cups over the skin to increase blood circulation in the area, and is therefore particularly useful in treating stiffness and pain. It is great for the common cold too.

The cups can be left in one place or slowly moved around, like a cupping massage. Skin markings are common when cups are removed, varying from simple red rings to discolouration not dissimilar to a bruise in appearance, but they cause no pain. The marks indicate pathogens and toxins are being drawn out, and typically last only a few days.

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A therapeutic herb used to expel cold and warm the channels. As the herb is lit, heat permeates the skin and affects the flow of energy and blood in the area being treated.

This is an incredibly soothing treatment that many find effective for muscular skeletal pain and arthritic complaints.

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A round-edged instrument is used to apply pressure to the skin, promoting blood circulation and releasing tension in muscles and joints.

Small red or purple spots (petechiae) called ‘sha’ appear on the skin. The skin is not damaged in any way and the redness fades in a few days.

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Electro-acupuncture involves running a small electric current between two acupuncture needles, usually for no more than 30 minutes.

Treatment improves blood flow to the area, stimulating points to release blockages. It is very effective for pain management and inducing childbirth.