Health TCM Acupuncture
What is Health Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a healthcare practice that involves the insertion of tiny sterilised needles, stimulating specific points on the body. The method of inserting ultra-fine needles into acupuncture points after a thorough diagnostic evaluation aims to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing responses.
Acupuncture is based on the concept that the body has a sensitive energy network (Meridian System) that circulates energy (Qi) and harmoniously interconnects body functions and organs. These meridian flow gates are accessible through at least 350 acupuncture points in the body. Only very few of them are carefully selected according to the patient’s individual needs.
What Does Health Acupuncture Treat?
What does a course of health acupuncture involve?
Dr. John Tsagaris, with over twenty-five years of clinical experience, has gained a renowned status in the UK and internationally with his hands-on and result-oriented approach.
Acupuncture for health with John Tsagaris involves:
Consultation and biomedical assessment – Complementary
Diagnosis and body evaluation (pulse taking, tongue observing, abdomen examination)
Tui Na bodywork (releases body stiffness to prepare for acupuncture)
Auricular acupuncture – Complementary
Body acupuncture (selection and insertion of tiny needles on specific acupuncture points)
Use of Chinese medicine tools (Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua Sha) – When appropriate*
Herbal and nutritional recommendations – As required
Aftercare advise and follow up planning strategy
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As well as performing acupuncture, Dr. John Tsagaris may use other Chinese medicine techniques, which are usually performed according to the patient’s individual needs and diagnostic evaluation.
These methods include:
Tuina: Meridian bodywork acupressure techniques, stretching and other methods to prepare the body for acupuncture and bring the patient into deep relaxation and receptive state.
Moxibustion: Heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian using moxa (a therapeutic herb) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles and energy. The technique is especially effective in treating chronic problems, “deficient conditions”, weak constitutions or rehabilitation. A thermal plaster may be suggested for a more prolonged effect.
Cupping: Special plastic cups are used on the skin, creating a vacuum seal to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant energy and blood from stiff muscles.
Guasha: Vigorous rubbing of the skin increases blood flow and clears stagnant energy.
Dr. John Tsagaris will advise the patient for any specific herbal or nutritional supplementation required, as well as discuss diet and life style changes that need to be addressed, taking into account the compatibility with current medication and activities of the patient. A treatment course is going to be suggested for ultimate results.
Acupuncture is a safe practice with minimal discomfort if any while the needles are placed on the body or when bodywork is performed. Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting.
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