Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine



Moxibustion is a treatment which uses a dried herb called mugwort.  This herb is burned during treatment to warm the body and to stimulate acupuncture points. Moxa has been used in Chinese Medicine to stimulate the meridians providing warmth and a moving dynamic. It is also known to have a calming effect during treatment.

Moxa can be applied to the top of needles for a more direct therapeutic affect on specific points or used directly on the body. 

Moxibustion has become a popular non-invasive treatment to turn breech babies at around 33 to 38 weeks of pregnancy.  



Cupping is a Chinese therapy used to help circulation, alleviate pain, and to stimulate specific points for healing. It is also sometimes used over needles during an acupuncture treatment if needed. 

Cupping promotes circulation and is commonly used for musculoskeletal problems due to tension, stress or previous trauma. It can be used for digestive issues, gynaecological problems and respiratory conditions such as asthma or the common cold. 

The cup creates a vacuum which draws up the skin and superficial muscle layer. It can remain on a specific acupuncture point or be moved around an area on the body. Patients have described the sensation as a gentle form of deep tissue massage.

The picture to the left gives an example of cups. However, cups can be made of different materials such as bamboo. 


Other types of treatments that may be used in conjunction with acupuncture if appropriate.


-  Acupressure (massage of acupuncture points)

-  Guasha

-  Ear (auricular) acupuncture

-  Electro-acupuncture 


These treatments will be explained beforehand if needed.