Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

– Dr Fatimah Barden

4 Berkeley Road, Mowbray, CAPE TOWN


Body / electro acupuncture

Insertion of tiny thin hairlike needles into acupuncture pressure points on meridian/channels to initiate an immune response increasing blood flow to an area thereby alleviating symptoms and pain. Electro acupuncture provides constant stimulation and is used for chronic disorders (musculoskeletal & nerve). 

Stimulating these points helps to re-balance the disruption of Qi flow in the body. It also stimulates the nervous system which improves energy and biochemical balance.

Regular acupuncture will strengthen your bodies healing abilities

 Cosmetic / Facial Acupuncture

Used for anti-aging anti-wrinkle therapy as well as acne, blemishes etc the needles initiate an immune response thereby inducing collagen and elastin production. Good for treating and eye lid puffiness and dark circles.

During a session the practitioner may use more than 1 therapy listed. Encourages more blood and nutrient flow on the face giving a nourished natural glow from inside out. Suitable for fine wrinkles, dull complexion, acne scars, sagging skin.

Auricular Acupuncture

Ear acupuncture used for pain , addiction, smoking cessation and weight loss


Cupping is a form of therapy where glass bamboo cups are placed on the skin using a suction technique created by fire/heat (fire cupping) it then pulls the skin upwards to create more space between the tissue layers underneath. Sliding cupping is a type of deep tissue massage where massage oils are used to slide the cup across the muscle or area that is affected.

  • Loosens muscle tension/fascia
  • Improves blood flow/ anti-inflammatory
  • Relieves pain
  • Suitable for all pain conditions or done as maintenance treatment for good body circulation and decreases lactic acid build up

Cupping – Heart-Shaped Cups



Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy using mugwort herb to promote blood and Qi flow to a certain area.

It stimulates the production of white blood cells to accelerate healing and is commonly used in gynaecological conditions.

Herbal medicine

Medicinal herbs help you regain balance and strengthen your resistance to stress.

All herbs are food and plant based. Herbs aim to improve your wellness both physically and emotionally. Herbal formulas given are suited to the patients body constitution and their unique pattern syndrome. Herbal meds complement the acupuncture treatment in most cases. Your practitioner will advise whether herbs are needed or not.


Infrared heat lamp another form of heat therapy. It penetrates deep through layers and stimulates deep muscle relaxation thereby increasing circulation. 

Commonly used in slow healing wounds, sprains, fractures, sore muscles and pain that is alleviated by heat.

This special lamp replaces the minerals your body loses , providing very effective recuperative and analgesic effects

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture produces the following effects to the body with no side effects! Reduces inflammation, Increases naturally-produced painkillers such as opioids (for example, endorphins), Reduces cortisol (the body’s “stress hormone”), Regulates the autonomic nervous system to interfere with the way the brain processes pain, Increases circulation (blood flow) to the muscles, connective tissue, and organs which stimulates healing, as blood carries oxygen and essential nutrients to the tissue.

Click this link for some more scientific facts on Acupuncture.

How many treatments do I need for general treatments ie. Pain?

The results of acupuncture are cumulative. Each treatment builds on the progress of the ones before it. Many patients feel improvement right after the first treatment, but for lasting change and to improve quality of life it’s important to commit to series of treatments. Please note that this treatment is not symptomatic but acupuncture is aimed to get to the root of the problem and fix it so that you may not experience these symptoms again!

The general recommendation is one treatment a week for 4-6 weeks. After the 4th week, we re-assess and try to space out your treatments while still maintaining good results (twice a month or once a month).

For conditions that have existed a long time, more treatments may be necessary. For example, TMJ or lower back pain that you’ve had for 10 years may take more time to heal.

For acute conditions (sudden onset pain), you may need to come twice a week in the first week, and then once a week after that. This works best – Good examples are shoulder pain, Achilles tendon injury or shin splints etc.

Is there any chance of contracting AIDS?

Most definitely not, each patient will be treated with sterile stainless steel needles that are in sealed packaging and for single use only. Needles are disposed after each session and they get incinerated by a medical waste company.

Is acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture needles are very thin, about the width of a human hair. They are much, much thinner and more gentle than hypodermic needles. Some points may feel a slight pinch, and others feel like nothing at all. Once the needles are in for about 20 minutes you will experience a drawing sensation to the needle (Painless). It really doesn’t pain at all try and it you will be amazed and reap the benefits of it.

How should I prepare for my first treatment?

Eat a snack one hour before your first treatment. Try not to come on an empty stomach.

Wear loose, comfy clothing so that the points around your elbows and knees are easily accessible, if necessary.

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