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Dietary Therapy

Chinese Medicine uses foods to help a patient maintain health and prevent disease, as well as to treat disharmonies when they occur

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Dietary Therapy

In Traditional Chinese Medicine dietary therapy is an integral part of any treatment plan. The food you consume forms the building blocks for good health and poor nutrition will impact on our overall well being.

Eating too much sweet, salty, fatty foods will impair your body’s ability to function to its optimum level making it more prone to illness and diseases. The foods you eat ideally should be based on your constitution in order to promote good health.

During the initial assessment the T.C.M practitioner will ask you about your eating habits to identify if you are prone to eating or desire a particularly type of food. Excessive consumption of one particular type of food can lead to an imbalance within the body and you may need to make changes in your diet to support the healing process.

Dietary Therapy

“Chinese dietary therapy is an integral part of any complete treatment plan as diet provides a precious opportunity for safeguarding good health and preventing disease.” – Pauline (Founder)

In T.C.M there are five basic Tastes which are connected to our major organs

  • Sour is connected to the Liver and Gallbladder
  • Sweet is connected to the Spleen and Stomach
  • Bitter is connected to the Heart and Small Intestines
  • Salty is connected to the Kidney and Bladder
  • Pungent is connected to the Lungs and Large Intestine

Excessive consumption of any one of these tastes can lead to an imbalance within its associated organ.

The Nature of foods will also be considered by the practitioner:

Do they have Hot or Cold producing properties? Do they produce damp or phlegm (mucus)? etc.

Complementary Therapies

Complementary Therapies

At the Holistic Healing Haven we know that people are individuals so we customise each treatment to suit your needs.

There are a number of therapies that can be used to compliment your acupuncture treatment.

Cupping

Cupping is an ancient practise that is part of traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the practise of attaching bamboo or suction cups to the body through the process of removing the air from the cups.

 

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture focuses on the ear. There is over 200 hundred points on the ear which can be mapped on the body.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves using moxa sticks made from mugwort herbs to apply heat either directly or indirectly to acupuncture points.

Email us to find out if dietary therapy is for you

If you have a question or would like to find out if this treatment is suitable for you the drop us a line and one of our natural healing specialists will contact you.

Dietary Therapy

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What to expect on your first visit

The first visit will last approximately 90mins to 2hours

It involves discussing your health, lifestyle habits. It is a good idea to wear loose clothing.

Cupping, Moxibustion, Electro Acupuncture or Auricular Acupuncture maybe used to enhance the treatment.

Dietary and Lifestyle changes may be recommended.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

At the Holistic Healing Haven, we value our clients and want to make sure that you are comfortable and at your ease with your treatment. You may be new to natural healing methods or have some previous experience, but either way we like you to be an active part of your own treatment and that is why we are always happy to explain what we are doing and answer any questions you might have about your personal treatment plan. To help, we have attempted to answer some of the more commonly asked questions but if you have any questions of your own, please feel free to use the Contact Page to email us.

What should I expect on the first appointment?
The first appointment usually takes 90 minutes followed by shorter sessions usually lasting 45 -60 minutes. During the first appointment, a history of your current health concerns will be discussed and depending on what therapy is agreed upon, a detailed health profile, including current medication, past operations, medical history, lifestyle and an assessment of your current health. An individual plan will be discussed and an outline of the proposed treatment discussed. 
If you haven’t experienced acupuncture before, a needle can be inserted into the hand in order for you to feel the sensation and ensure you are comfortable with the experience.
What should I do for my first Acupuncture appointment?

Bring a list of current medicine and any supplements e.g herbal, vitamins, etc. 
It is advisable to wear loose clothing that gives access to the arms and legs easily. Most of the points used during a treatment session are on the lower arms and legs, the abdomen, back and head.

Usually the Acupuncturist will do an assessment of the tongue and pulse. It is helpful to avoid foods that colour the tongue, brushing the tongue surface and tea/coffee on the day of the appointment to ensure the coating on the tongue is in natural state. Alcohol, caffeine based drinks and heavy meals in the 2-3 hours prior to the appointment as they can interfere with the pulse.

Does acupuncture hurt?
Fine, sterile, single application needles are used during the treatment. These needles are extremely fine and are designed to be inserted into the tissue easily. There can be a slight pricking sensation on insertion of the needle and if a Qi sensation is obtained the range of sensations can vary from a dull ache to mild tingling. Once the needles have been inserted, the sensations settle down and usually you won’t feel anything. The needles are removed after 35 minutes and usually you won’t notice this happening. Slight bleeding can occur and usually is stopped by applying cotton swabs to the area. Bruising can occur and sensitivity in the area can be experienced, depending on the techniques used.

What our clients say

My experience at the haven was warm and professional. My therapist put me at ease as it was my first time getting acupuncture. I felt well informed and listened to. Not only did I see results after a couple of sessions it also created benefits in other areas of my life. I was more relaxed and less stressed. I would highly recommend them.

Sabrina

Holistic Healing Haven offer a superb service! I have attended for acupuncture and reflexology and got great results from both! Pauline also offers fantastic advice and tips on general well being. If you want a high quality professional service, look no further!

Karen

Holistic Healing Haven provides amazing acupuncture for a range of different things. When I first went I was very nervous of needles but they were very patient and caring and now I really look forward to the sessions. Pauline, the owner, is very knowledgeable on alternative healing and takes a personal interest in their client’s well being.

Patrick

My health has improved dramatically since starting acupuncture. It helps me relax and I can feel the benefits that the needles are achieving – which don’t bother me, due to Pauline’s approach. Even after the session, she is always doing research and finding ways to improve each subsequent treatment, which is a testament to her professionalism.

Maria

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