Acupuncture works with the vital life force referred to as “qi” in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture’s key principle is stimulating the Qi-flow in such a way that the body’s self-healing abilities are activated and thus rebalance the body.
Acupuncture is practice that entails inserting very thin, sterile needles into specific points on the meridians. The acupuncture points are chosen according to your specific diagnosis. Inserting the needles is basically painless, although patients often feel ‘a little jolt’, this is the Qi being touched by the needle. Once the needles are in, most of our patients feel a sense of deep relaxation & even sleepiness!
Qi runs through our body using an extensive system of channels, called meridians. These meridians supply all organs, muscles, tissues etc. with nutrition and vitality. When one or multiple meridians are obstructed, the energy stagnates, which can cause an organ elsewhere to be undernourished. By needling and manipulating acupuncture points we release areas of blocked Qi which stimulates organ function & promotes health.
Using acupuncture, we prompt your body’s intelligence to restore balance.
Moxa is made of compressed Chinese wormwood (Artemisia) leafs. Moxa therapy is used to warm and stimulate acupuncture points through a process called moxibustion. It improves circulation to relieve pain, boosts energy, and is used to warm the uterus to treat some types of infertility. We even use it to encourage breech babies to turn.
Most people experience this kind of therapy to be very pleasant. Whether or not we use moxa for your treatment depends on your complaints.
Herbal therapy is one of the main pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is considered indispensable especially in TCM Gynaecology. Particularly in a time of more and more energetic deficiencies, herbs can be a valuable supplement to acupuncture. We diagnose your unique pattern and create a custom herbal blend to treat you. The process is a dynamic one and your herbs are adjusted as your situation changes.
At Zi Yuan Ting, we typically use herbs in granular form. This means the herbs have already been cooked and processed to become a powder, to which you only need to add hot water to drink as tea. We don’t deliver the formulas ourselves, but send the recipes we compose to the Natuurapotheek or Dragon Herbs. Both suppliers make sure their herbs have been thoroughly checked for the presence of heavy metals, pesticides and endangered animal species. This way, you are sure to receive safe, high quality herbs. The costs of the herb formulas are to be paid directly to the supplier.
Chinese Medicine traditionally pays a lot of attention to the energetics of different foods and how they affect us according to our unique pattern and constitution. Therefore, nutritional and lifestyle advice are part of the holistic approach that is typical for Chinese Medicine and will always be included in your treatment.