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I am now able to offer acupuncture at The Olive Tree. Not only am I qualified and insured but as of today I am now a Licensed Acupuncturist. So if you would like to try acupuncture why not book in with me.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture ?

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is a holistic approach to the diagnoses, treatment and prevention of disease. It is one of the oldest medical systems practised around the world today and believed to date back over 2,000 years ago in China.
A TCM practitioner will identify the patterns of disharmony within the body and then use the many different techniques to treat the patient.

It is believed 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, physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common.

Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points which seeks to re-establish the free flow of Qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

Electro-acupuncture –

the acupuncture needles are stimulated with an electric charge delivered from a machine. This is used often and effectively in patients dealing with pain.

Electro acupuncture

Moxibustion –

this involves the burning of an herb either on the top of a needle or on the skin directly. This is used often in patients who are dealing with cold or stagnant conditions such as certain types of abdominal cramps.


Cupping –

this involves the use of glass or plastic cups which are placed on the body with suction to help remove toxins and muscle tension. They are used often in patients with immune issues such as a cold as well as for pain.


Gua Sha –

A scrapping tool used by practitioners to diagnose and treat blood stagnation, it may leave marks on the skin after treatment. Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called Qi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

Gua Sha

Is it safe?

Many people worry about  the safety of acupuncture. The needles are pre-sterilised and single use only. They are very fine and most patients are surprised at how little they feel them. Once the needle is in place you may feel a warm heavy sensation around the needle, this is usually quite pleasant.

Possible side effects

  • temporary drowsiness
  • minor bleeding
  • nausea
  • headache
  • fatigue

What happens in a treatment?

You will undertake a full consultation including pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, medical details and lifestyle. Then you will be assessed and areas of pain examined. The needles will be inserted and left for up to 20 minutes. Improvement may not be immediate and a course of treatment will be discussed with you.

Initially after the treatment you may feel light headed, this is perfectly normal and you should rest until this passes.

A glass of water can help the toxins to release out of the body.

  • DON’T drink alcohol immediately after a session
  • DON’T do an intense workout
  • DON’T eat a huge greasy meal, eat clean healthy nutritional foods
  • DO listen to your body
  • DO allow yourself time to heal
  • Do follow the advice of your acupuncturist




So, if you’d like to book in you can now book online through an app  

Look forward to seeing you soon


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