Many people are not aware that there are numerous Traditional Chinese medicine products you can use safely at home at times when you might not be able to see your acupuncture practitioner in person.
I have compiled a round-up of the most common products for you that are available to order for delivery directly to your door.
Please contact me if you would like to place an order and I will get this organised for you. For certain products that are bespoke, and if you’re a new patient, we will need to complete a consultation first. Please book a suitable slot or ping me an email to book a conversation over the phone.
1. Herbal prescriptions
If you wish to order herbal medicine, the dispensary is available on-demand, dispatching the same day for orders placed before 12pm. The dispensary is currently operating from Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.30pm. To conform to social distancing measures, only one dispensary staff member is permitted to be within a dispensary room at any given time.
Please be aware that dispensary herbs are bespoke and require a completed consultation. In order to comply with social distancing measures, I currently offer virtual online consultations. To see how it works read this or to book an appointment choose a slot.
2. Fragrant Herb Bags
Fragrant herb bags were recommended in China as a preventative measure for coronavirus. By placing these herb bags around the home, the essential oils are said to evaporate into the air and help cleanse the air.
The herb bags are produced using authentic and unsulphured dried herbs and natural muslin cloth bags and may also be used directly to help clear the respiratory system.
Simply inhale the smell of the herb bags and the anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of the herbs can enter the airways.
Herb bags may also be used for other conditions such as asthma and anxiety.
If you feel crafty you can make the herb bags yourself, check out this post from my suppliers for more details.
3. Herbal supplements for immune support
Medicinal mushrooms like Reishi are prized for their immunomodulatory benefits. Single herb supplements are a great TCM product you can use at home by yourself.
4. Vaccaria Seeds and Magnetic Pellets
Ear seeds and magnetic pellets were widely used before the coronavirus pandemic. They feature a small vaccaria seed (Wang Bu Liu Xing) or a magnetic ball on a skin coloured plaster. They can be applied to an acupressure point and massaged throughout the day by yourself.
Ask me for more information on how to use these pellets and what points to attach them to for your specific condition or goal.
5. Muscle Comfort Plasters – Warming and Cooling
These muscle comfort plasters can be used at home to relieve muscle and joint pain and /or acute injuries like sprains. The Warming plasters are recommended for chronic conditions like joint inflammation or relieving muscle soreness.
The Cooling plasters are suited for reducing inflammation and swelling in acute injuries like a sprain.
Both types of plasters feature a natural hydrogel layer of herbs on a super-soft cloth for comfort.
When applying the plaster to areas where movement might loosen the plaster, i.e. joints or the back, it is recommend to supplementing with a backing plaster to hold it in place.
6. Moxa Warming Stimulator Plasters
The Moxa warming simulator plasters feature a centre filled with moxa powder and a TDP mineral plate.
Once it is opened, the plaster will heat up autonomously, providing a long-lasting warming sensation on the skin.
This product can be used on acupuncture points on the abdomen, back of the neck and on areas where pain is a problem.
The plaster can reach a temperature of 45-50 degrees celsius and will last up to 12 hours.
The plaster is perfect for mimicking the therapeutic benefits of moxa and a heat lamp.
This product is safe for you to use at home for a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, sprains, back pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, fevers, colds and much more.
7. Moxa Belt with Copper Burners
Moxa is an excellent self-care therapy when done safely. Moxibustion is commonly used in the home in China.
The uses are manyfold but there are some instances where it should be avoided. Talk to me to see if mugwort is right for you.
Whether you have pain due to injury or arthritis, digestive problems, irregular elimination, gynecological and obstetrical conditions, including breech presentation in late term pregnancy or whether you want to be protected against cold and flu strains, moxibustion is great.
Paired with a smokeless moxa cone, the moxa belt with copper burners can be used safely at home.
Please ensure you contact me to place an order so that we can run through fire safety and usage instructions.
8. HYSAN Muscle Comfort Oil (Huo Luo Oil)
Muscle Comfort oil has been in the Traditional Chinese Medicine products cabinet for centuries to treat bumps and bruises.
It is a fully licensed and all-natural product, great for stimulating Qi and blood movement to promote healing.
As you can see, there are many natural ways you can use Traditional Chinese Medicine products safely at home. To make sure they are used effectively and safely, please contact me and I’ll be happy to order for you, deliver them directly to your door or just give general advice.
Have you used any of these products at home?
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