How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments vary according to the nature of a person’s predicament, as well as the duration of the issue. Generally speaking, the longer or more chronic the problem, the more treatments will be necessary to resolve the difficulty.

Treatments are often spread out on a weekly or fortnightly basis, but in some cases treatments may be required twice or three times a week in the first week or two. Intervals between treatments are progressively extended as the condition improves.

What can I expect to happen?

Treatments generally last for one hour and the whole body is treated in accordance with our holistic attitude. The entire body is assessed, along with emotional and spiritual connections. Patterns of imbalance are examined. Pulse and abdominal diagnosis also play a large part in weighing up the clients health. The process of treatment is then explained to the client, along with their standing diagnosis. Therapy can then begin.

At Rescue Acupuncture only the finest Japanese-style needles are used. These are single-use only, sterilized stainless steel needles, which are considerably thinner than their Chinese counterparts (up to 4 times thinner). Thinner needles and techniques specially developed in Japan allow for negligible discomfort during treatment. The usual response is one of relaxation, which allows the healing process to progress uninhibited.

What is Moxabustion?

The Japanese technique of Moxabustion (Moxa) is a specialized treatment often used in our practice.

Moxa, made from the Mugwort leaf, is essentially a heat treatment. Like needling, it is used to stimulate the Ki in a healing manner. The warmth that is generated stimulates the Ki energy in the channels, loosens knots and releases tensions that inhibit healing.

As an herb it has many properties, including the ability to penetrate deep into the muscles, relaxing and healing them. When used other ways it can strengthen areas that are weakened by cold, exhaustion or under-activity.

There are various ways in which Moxa is applied in order to shift the Ki. All applications apply the sensation of heat onto the body, but some actually draw excess heat away from the body, such as in the case of fever or inflammation.

There are a number of ways that Moxa is used. This is thoroughly explained before treatment, ensuring no worry or uneasiness beforehand.

In clinical trials, Moxa has been shown to dramatically strengthen the immune system by affecting white and red blood cell counts.

Though initially from China, Japanese Moxa is of a far superior quality and is used with a higher degree of effectiveness and safety.

History Of Japanese Acupuncture

It Came from China

Like many of the cultural gems that left China, medicine too made its way to Japan. However in Japan there developed a stronger emphasis on Moxibustion techniques as well as a cultural bias for thinner, less invasive needles.

Taoism and Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is a holistic medicine based on the elegant foundations of Taoism. It actively defines the world through Yin and Yang, as well as through its relationship with the Five Elements. Chinese Medicine classical texts are steeped in Taoist terminology, so an understanding of these terms is vital to the practice of acupuncture even to this day.

20th Century Japan

In 1929 the Sorei School opened with its famous catch cry, ‘return to the classics’. The meridian school of acupuncture that started in Japan also studies heavily the Classics of acupuncture and it is from these classics that we have developed this traditional style. What they found in the Sorei School was that modern interpretations of the ancient Chinese classical texts were often misinterpreted, and they sought to rectify these mistakes.

21st Century Japan

Thanks to the work of many modern masters, Japanese Acupuncture has become a gentle practice because of the use of extra fine needles and specialized techniques. These have been developed to minimize any discomfort. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have always evolved since their inception and modern Japanese acupuncture is no exception. Research into acupuncture has never stopped (at least in my lifetime), providing better approaches and a deeper understanding as to how Chinese Medicine works.