Chinese Medicine


What is traditional acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects their lives.

Based on traditional belief, acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.




What is Cupping?

Cupping therapy is one of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s main treatment techniques. It is extremely useful for certain conditions, such as muscular stiffness and tension, which may have resulted from stress or overtraining in exercise. It is also used for unblocking respiratory and sinus disorders such as asthma, chest infection’s, colds, sinusitis.

ALBA Clinic uses traditional glass cups. They are applied to the body by suction. A flame is used to create a vacuum in the cup. It is then quickly placed onto the skin. The vacuum draws up the skin and muscle into the cup, causing the blood to move vigorously upwards with the suction.

In muscular treatments, the cups may be left on for 10 to 15 minutes to invigorate the blood circulation and help detoxify chronic, aching and blocked muscles. In respiratory conditions the cups are placed on and off quickly. This has the effect of relaxing the muscles around the lungs and the neck/head area with the aim of improving the circulation in the chest and head.

Cupping can leave a temporary mark. The mark that you observe displays the status of the the persons blood. A healthy muscle with good blood circulation does not leave a mark. If the muscle/blood circulation is sluggish it will show some “stagnation” in the form of a red mark. These marks will normally disappear within a week.



What is Tuina?