Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice that aims to assist the body in finding balance, so that optimum healing may take place. It involves the use of fine (very fine!) needles that are inserted into specific locations, known as ‘acupuncture points’ to enable certain changes. The type of acupuncture used at the Wellhaven Clinic is Five Element Acupuncture.

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Cupping therapy

Cupping therapy is often used on tight muscles but can be used for many other conditions to stimulate healing. Cups are applied to the skin and a pump is used to create a vacuum. The treatment is not painful but often creates an impressive bruise. Gwyneth Paltrow once attended a film premier with cupping marks on her back, causing some great media attention for this ancient art.

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Picture of acupuncture treatment

Gua Sha

Pronounced Gwar Shar, this practice involves the use of a round edged plastic tool (once upon a time with was buffalo horn) rubbed repeatedly over oiled skin. It feels like a really nice, deep massage and can be beneficial in many conditions. It also often causes bruising which is a sign that the treatment is doing its job.

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Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the practice of burning a herb known as Moxa, which is really just common mugwort, either on or near the skin. The most common approach at the Wellhaven Clinic is to use very small cones of Moxa on acupuncture points. As soon as the patient feels any warmth, or if the embers get too close to the skin the cone is removed to ensure that there is no damage to the skin.

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Testing

During practice we have found many patients wanting more information that the NHS can provide for free. This may be more detailed blood, urine or saliva testing to identify hormonal, digestive, nutritional or metabolic imbalances, for example. We can procure these tests and this may inform our treatment but they do not replace the care or guidance of your GP.

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Yoga & Relaxation

In today’s over-paced, non-stop world, it’s essential that we find time to be calm. After hours spent at a desk, or simply to keep our bodies and minds supple as we age, yoga and relaxation techniques are essential for our health and wellbeing. Any exercises will be tailored for the individual and may be very simple, or slightly more challenging as needed.

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