Edmond is passionate about Chinese medicine and dedicated to using this wonderful healing system in the treatment and prevention of illness and disease. He believes in a patient-centred approach and encourages active participation in formulating a therapeutic management plan to optimise your health according to the principles and methods of Chinese medicine. Treatment options include: acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, acupressure and other modalities. Dietary advice, self-massage, relaxation techniques and qigong (remedial self-healing exercises) may be prescribed as part of a lifestyle management program to consolidate the benefits of treatment.
Acupuncture is the ancient healing art of inserting ultra-fine needles into nodal sites on the body surface. These nodes are associated with a network of neurovascular pathways, responsible for communication between the internal and external body, distributing nutrients, immune substances and oxygen rich blood to every tissue of the body. Needling nodal sites produces local and remote effects along these pathways by influencing circulation and inducing restorative physiological reactions. This neurovascular system and its associated internal organs can be affected by a number of factors including emotional states such as anxiety, anger or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections and trauma. By re-establishing blood flow along the neurovascular pathways and restoring homeostasis, acupuncture brings healing and a holistic balance back to the body.
Auricular acupuncture is a type of 'micro-acupuncture' that utilises well-defined reflex relationships between specific sites on the ear and external or internal regions of the body for diagnostic clues or therapeutic measures. It is well-known for its use in the field of addiction. However, its scope of treatment is actually far wider.
Koryo Hand Acupuncture
Koryo hand acupuncture is another type of 'micro-acupuncture' that utilises well-defined reflex relationships between specific sites on the hand and external or internal regions of the body for diagnostic clues or therapeutic measures. However, unlike many 'micro-systems', it not only maps corresponding areas of the body on to the hand but it maps all the neurovascular pathways and their respective nodal points as well. This makes it a very powerful and versatile system.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Traditionally, practitioners used medicinal ingredients from all the 'three kingdoms'; vegetable, animal and mineral. However, the majority of these are from vegetable sources, such as: leaves, flowers, seeds, twigs, stems, roots, tubers, rhizomes and barks. Currently, UK law only permits herbalists to prescribe substances from the vegetable kingdom and so animal and mineral products are not used. Every herb has a unique action. Cleverly combined together they perform a multitude of tasks that help bring a holistic balance back to the body. All herbs are of the highest quality and are prescribed individually to meet each patient’s needs. They can be dispensed in a variety of ways: powders, granules, pills, tablets, capsules or teas.
Acupressure is the stimulation of nodal sites on the body surface using the fingers to relax muscles, relieve tension and harmonise the body. Edmond frequently uses it to help loosen, relax and warm problem areas before acupuncture and to gently mobilise joints at the end of treatment.
Cupping therapy involves the creation of a vacuum in glass, bamboo or plastic cups placed over specifc nodal points or problem areas of the body. Depending on the type of cupping used, the strength of suction and the area of application, it can be used to clear out toxins and stagnant blood accumulated in the muscle tissue, expel pathogenic factors or strengthen the body. It is often used in treating musculoskeletal conditions, although it has many other applications.
Moxibustion involves the application of a smouldering herb (mugwort) to specific nodal points or problem areas of the body. It is considered especially effective in chronic conditions. However, it has many uses, one of which is turning breech babies!
A Thermal Design Power (TDP) lamp may be used as a smokeless alternative to moxibustion. This device emits a special band of far-infrared waves that penetrate deep into the body. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) may also be used to treat inflammation or as a substitute for needling in sensitive patients.