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C​hinese Medicine today is the culmination of approximately 5000 years of both village and court medicine, structured into a solid framework that facilitates its practice all over the world. It’s philosophical roots are in Taoism and the Eastern cultural way of life, but Chinese Medicine is a global medicine, as it gives us a way to understand the complexities of each and every humans’ mind and body.

On it’s own, Chinese Medicine is a complete stand-alone system of medicine, however today it is practiced along side many other Complimentary and Alternative Therapies, as well as with Western Medicine.  

Its primary treatment tools are the well known Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, as well as ancillary techniques such as tuina (chinese massage), cupping,  gua sha, and moxibustion.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Custom herbal formulas and prescriptions will be created for each patient. No two presentations are the same, which is why it’s essential that you receive a diagnosis from a qualified Chinese Herbalist before taking a chinese medicine formula. Even with the same symptoms, you may find that two people are given different prescriptions to address their complaints.
 
Silk Tree stocks only the highest quality capsules, pills and supplements available, and we will always try to source better if it becomes available.
 
All powdered chinese herbal medicine and honey pearls are supplied from Australia’s first wholesaler to provide pure organic herbs, no additives, no carriers. They are the highest quality Eastern and Western herbs, independent AAA three tier tested to consistently ensure the herbs are 100% free of pesticides and tested for heavy metals.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the traditional Chinese medical therapy used to infuse heat/warmth (yang) into the body. Its power lies in the near infrared frequency that it burns at, activating the body’s natural healing and warming abilities. It is performed by holding a ‘moxa’ stick over certain acupuncture points in the body, chosen individually for each treatment to support you. Moxa is traditionally made up from dried mugwort leaves, rolled into cigar like shapes to create the desired effect.
 
At Silk Tree we use ‘smokeless’ moxa, which is a compressed charcoal version of the mugwort leaves, it is basically smokeless and therefore has a minimal residual odour as compared to the raw dried mugwort leaf. This form of moxa is very effective and much more user friendly. The moxa stick does not make contact with the skin and is always performed by a qualified practitioner. 

Cupping

Cupping has been used in Chinese Medicine for as long as it has existed (and maybe before!). It utilises suction created with glass ‘cups’ applied to certain areas of the body, depending on your presenting complaints. The level of suction created with the cups is determined whether the body requires more blood and lymph flow to encourage stronger and more ‘plump’ structure in the body, or if the body has excessive tension and a blockage of blood and lymph flow in the area.
 
Most often cups are applied on the back, however they can be placed anywhere on the body they fit, and can also be moved around once on the skin with the help of massage oil. It is not unsual for the cups to leave behind a mark on the skin, that can be compared to a bruise but is not.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha works in a similar fashion to cupping to stretch connective tissue and break up any adhesions in the body. It is also referred to as scraping, and actually translates to “scrape sand” as the marks it creates on the body look like small red sand dots.
 
It is very helpful for all musculoskeletal conditions and can also reduce inflammation, and improve healthy blood flow.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology uses gentle muscle monitoring techniques to access the subconscious mind and gain accurate information about your current issues and what is needed to help your body, mind and spirit restore peace and balance. In these sessions, the practitioner connects you with your soul self, helping you to access and listen to your own understanding and intuition. This is achieved by holding space for you, like a mirror,  light is shone on your patterns and gives you the conscious awareness of what is needed for you to change.
 
Contact Erin Boyd directly for any Kinesiology bookings here.

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