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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an art and a science.

Early acupuncturists developed a complete system of diagnosis simply through methodical and detailed observation of the human body.

Without the aid of modern equipment, the first acupuncturists discovered, recorded and resolved many now familiar findings of biomedical science, such as the impact of emotional stress on the body.

Acupuncture regulates the flow of ‘qi’ along pathways in the body known as ‘meridians’. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, single use needles into specific points along the meridians.

Modern medical scientists have discovered myofascial pathways that trace the meridians documented by the early acupuncturists, and the concept of qi seems to overlap with emerging facts about how the body’s cells communicate.

Depending on the condition, an acupuncture appointment may also include the use of other treatment methods such as Cupping, Guasha or Moxa.

To read more about what to expect at a first treatment see the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Francesca directly.

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The inside of a glass cup is warmed by placing a flame inside to create a vacuum. The cup is turned upside-down and placed on the skin. The cups may be left in place or gently moved over a larger area to relieve pain and tension.


The technique dates back around 3,000 years and is the use of a scraping tool that improves micro circulation in the area being treated.



Moxibustion is the burning of an herb called moxa (Chinese Mugwort, Artemisia argyi) to warm specific parts of the body, including acupuncture points.

What is Acupuncture?: Treatments
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