What is Acu-Aroma Therapy?
Acu-Aroma Therapy combines the healing properties of therapeutic essential oils with acupressure or acupuncture treatment. Treatments are based on the TCM diagnosis and pattern, with a combination of tui na bodywork (or abdominal massage), acupuncture, acupressure and application of essential oils to the points.
This can also be a completely needle-free treatment, incorporating only tui na bodywork, acupressure and essential oils.
The oils beautifully complement the acupuncture points and each is chosen for its properties according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. The overall goal of each treatment is reinforced with the subtle energetic properties of the oils. These synergistic treatments are often much more powerful than simply using acupuncture needles on their own – and are also great for those who are uncomfortable around needles.
How do Essential Oils work in an Acupuncture treatment?
This combination of natural therapies works on both physiological, emotional and energetic levels. Essential oils have an effect on our limbic system, which is the ancient part of our brain that connects with emotions, memory, behaviour and endocrine function.
Much like the individual functions of acupuncture points, each oil also has its own properties, functions and therapeutic applications (and often will affect different body areas in different ways). In adding them to an Acupuncture session, they are chosen for their properties as they relate to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Just a few examples of therapeutic essential oils and how we may use them in an Acu-Aroma Therapy session:
Neck, Shoulder or Upper Body tension – local and distal acupuncture points can be stimulated by needles or magnets according to the TCM treatment plan, plus 1-3 therapeutic essential oils in a carrier oil applied to the areas. Oils such as Sweet Marjoram, Black Spruce or Juniper may be used.
Digestive issues such as IBS type discomfort – combination of abdominal massage, local and distal acupuncture points according to the TCM treatment plan, plus 1-3 therapeutic essential oils in a carrier oil applied to the area. Oils such as Ginger, Fennel or Coriander may be used.
Chronic pain issues such as Menstrual Cramping – combination of abdominal massage. local and distal acupuncture points according to the TCM treatment plan, plus 1-3 therapeutic essential oils in a carrier oil applied to the area. Oils such as Clary Sage, Roman Chamomile or Angelica may be used.
“Essential oils are easily absorbed via the skin and mucosa into the bloodstream, affecting the nature of circulation as a whole”.
– Julia Lawless, from the Illustrated Encycyclopedia of Essential Oils
Acu-Aroma Self Care Techniques
Learn how to safely and effectively use the essential oil formulations on acupressure points at home. Whether you are unable to come in to the office, or would like to continue self care in between professional visits, this method is the perfect self help modality to do on your own.
By doing self care regularly you carry on the benefits of treatment long after you have left your appointment. You’ll feel more in control of your well being and are physically and emotionally connected to the treatment process.