31 Oct CHINESE MEDICINE WITH DAMIAN ALLEGRETTI
We are thrilled to be welcoming Damian Allegretti to our team of therapists!
Damian is a licensed Chinese Medicine practitioner that practices the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine: acupuncture, herbal medicine, TuiNa (massage) and QiGong.
In practice, he combines the latest Western scientific research and the long Eastern tradition and wisdom. Through acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle support, Damian empowers patients to understand, improve and maintain health through a very active role.
Find out more about the four branches of Chinese Medicine and book a treatment with Damian via the link below.
Acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic method wherein exceptionally fine needles are precisely placed at specific points on the body to promote healing. Originating in China thousands of years ago and practiced across various Asian cultures, acupuncture is founded on the principles of Eastern medicine. These principles hold that health and healing are achieved by maintaining a harmonious flow of Qi (energy) and blood circulation, which acupuncture helps to balance by addressing blockages within the body.
Acupuncture can stand alone as an effective treatment or complement other modalities like TuiNa, Moxibustion, Cupping, and Herbal therapies. Notably, the World Health Organization (WHO) endorses acupuncture for addressing:
- Sports and Movement Concerns
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Chronic Pain Conditions
- Digestive Disorders
- Menstrual and
- Reproductive Concerns
- Urinary Issues
- Respiratory Complications
- Stress and Mental Health
Throughout millennia, herbs have played a pivotal role in addressing a range of health issues, both acute and chronic. Herbal formulas, imbued with diverse and potent properties, come in various forms including teas, powders, pills, and tinctures. Each formula is meticulously tailored, with adjustments in both dosage and ingredients, to meet individual health needs. When used correctly, herbal therapy presents a safe avenue for tackling intricate health challenges.
Herbs excel in recalibrating the body’s innate patterns of well-being, a state termed ‘homeostasis’. They offer therapeutic interventions for a myriad of concerns: from flu symptoms, respiratory challenges, and digestive complications to sleep disturbances, fertility issues, and mental health concerns such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Moreover, they provide relief in areas like pain management, autoimmune disorders, and menstrual irregularities.
Often, the path to optimal health integrates multiple healing modalities. While herbs are powerful, synergising them with dietary changes, acupuncture, and massage can amplify their efficacy. This multi-modality strategy ensures comprehensive care.
Additionally, for those seeking targeted guidance, we provide dedicated digital and live herbal consultations.
Rooted in over 5,000 years of Chinese tradition, TuiNa stands as a therapeutic massage technique pivotal to Chinese Medicine. Together with Acupuncture, Qi Gong, and Chinese Herbal Medicine, it forms the quartet of major Chinese therapeutic practices. TuiNa not only enhances blood circulation and overall well-being but also alleviates pain and harmonizes the mind and body.
TuiNa’s versatility shines as it is typically administered with the patient fully clothed. Its comprehensive approach lends itself to effectively addressing a spectrum of health concerns. This includes issues related to the locomotory system, encompassing bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Beyond that, TuiNa has demonstrated efficacy in managing both chronic and acute conditions of the digestive, reproductive, and respiratory systems.
Zheng Gu, translating to “Correct Bone,” delves into the specialized mobilization techniques inherent in TuiNa. These methods are adept at rapidly reinstating normal bodily functions and realigning one’s posture and physical balance. While Zheng Gu may seem reminiscent of chiropractic or osteopathic adjustments, it distinguishes itself by encompassing manipulations of joints as well as their surrounding tissues, including muscles and fascia.
Qi Gong is a system of gentle exercises that work as the ‘physical therapy’ of Chinese medicine.
The exercises focus on the breath, the internal dynamics and alignments of the body and the circulation of Qi (energy).
Scientific research has found that Qi Gong can help improve balance, bone density, depression and anxiety, immune system and inflammation, cardiovascular health and lung function.