Below you can view and read about the services we provide in Hornchurch Essex
Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM is one of the oldest medical systems in the world and is still widely practiced. It has been proved to be highly effective for over three thousand years. It is a truly holistic and natural system of health based on the theory of balance within the human body. It is a unique and independent medical system which originated from China and developed down through the centuries with the spirit of Chinese civilisation and culture. TCM has played a major role in maintaining the health of the Chinese population.
TCM diagnosis is based on weaving all the symptoms into a pattern of how the person interacts with their environment and emphasises the body as a whole. The internal organs are not seen as separate solid structures but as interconnected functional units. Every malfunction in any part of the body has an underlying cause that must be addressed. The treatment focuses on improving the overall well being of the patient rather than the isolated specific symptoms. We also consider the state of the patient’s mind, spirit, diet, life style and external environment.
Acupuncture is a system of healing that has been practiced in china for 3000 years. The essence of acupuncture treatment used to improve the overall well being of the patient rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body called acu-points. A person’s health is influenced by the flow of ‘Qi’ (the flow of energy) in the body, in combination with the universal forces of Yin and Yang. If the flow of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted then Yin and yang becomes unbalanced and illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, it is can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance.
Research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce endorphins (which are natural pain relieving chemicals.) These assist the body to heal itself and gain pain relief. There is increasing scientific evidence to support the effects of acupuncture.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of conditions and effective in the treatment of chronic lower back pain, neck pain, post-operative nausea, vomiting, headaches and other nerve pain relief. It is also used to treat skin conditions, digestive or sleeping problems, depression and stress. Combining acupuncture with conventional infertility treatments such as IVF greatly improves the success rates.
Acupuncture is a painless and relaxing treatment that has been widely used and accepted by western medicine. It can be also used in combination with herbal medicine or on its own.
We only use pre-sterilised single-use disposable needles to guarantee complete safety and comfort.
Cupping involves suction by the use of a glass or bamboo cup. It is applied by creating a vacuum with a flame before being placed on the body.
During Cupping treatment, the skin’s pores are opened which helps to stimulate the blood circulation and adjust the flow of Qi and remove blockages within the meridians which can help to ease any pain and boost the immune system. This will result in a deep warming sensation and the skin will turn red showing that the circulation has been improved and brought to the surface.
After treatment you may feel deeply relaxed or energised with a decrease in the tension around painful areas.
Cupping will usually leave dull red marks on the skin which normally disappears within a week.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine therapy involves the use of natural plant roots, stalks, leaves, barks, flowers, seeds, fruits and minerals etc. There are over 300 Chinese herbs in common use. Each herb has its particular healing functions and is used for specific purposes. Chinese herbs are prescribed on diagnosis to improve the immune system to rectify the imbalance of Yin and Yang and to help restore the body to its normal physiological function.
Dried herbs, concentrated herb powders and herb tablets are very commonly used in the UK. Dried herbs are the most strongest, powerful and effective herbs. They are prescribed and prepared for each individual patient. These are then boiled up in water to form a herbal mixture and used as a herbal tea (decoction). They are particularly suitable for patients with long term illnesses or complicated conditions.
At the Hong Wei Chinese Medicine Centre we always use the best quality herbs to ensure the best result. Chinese herbs come in different forms and your prescription will be changed from time to time depending upon your progress and needs at each stage of your treatment.
Moxibustion (also know as moxa treatment) is a supplement of the acupuncture which involves a burning herb (dried mugwort) on particular points on the body, being placed on the end of the needle away from the skin. It is then lit to warm acu-points to encourage the body’s energy to flow smoothly and can be very effective for many conditions.
The therapy is particularly effective for Arthritis, Joint pain, Irregular periods and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Sinusitis and the like.
Tuina is a Chinese therapeutic medical massage, closely related to acupuncture in its use of the meridian system. This treatment uses a variety of hand techniques, passive and active stretching for treating a similar range of health conditions to increase the circulation of Qi and blood.
It is especially used in the treatment of musculoskeletal and many other internal diseases. For example in treating abdominal and digestive problems related to Spleen emptiness or Liver Qi stagnation.
It is also effective for the treatment of infants Diarrhoea and Constipation which requires specific hand techniques.
Olivia has been treating me on and off for seven years now for a variety of problems. From mental-health struggles to women’s problems to nerve damage from a prolapsed disc. Some of these problems had been ongoing for several years and I tried Chinese medicine as a last resort. Having had nothing but positive experiences in the past, I turned to Olivia when my health once again took a decline.
I caught Covid-19 in November 2020 and have since been diagnosed with Long-Covid. I have been left with debilitating headaches, joint pain, fatigue, loss of smell and taste, numbness in my extremities, brain fog, breathlessness, memory loss, hair loss, heart palpitations and constant relapses of symptoms. Fellow Long-Covid sufferers will know how this list is simply endless and how much this completely turns your life upside down.
I have had 8 sessions with Olivia so far, consisting of acupuncture and taking herbal preparations and tablets that she recommends. I have already seen a massive improvement in my health and for the first time since catching COVID-19 feel positive about my future. I no longer have bed-bound headaches and have a lot more energy. Most of my symptoms have eased greatly and I have resumed somewhat a normal life. Although I still have a way to go, mentally and physically, I am in a much better place.
I can’t thank Olivia enough for how much she has helped me over the years. She simply was born to help people and I can’t recommend her enough. I always know I am in very safe hands.
I first found Hongwei Chinese Medical Centre in the early months of 2019. I couldn’t get over a persistent chest infection with a deep horrible cough despite 2 lots of antibodies. I felt so ill. I have used Chinese medicine with some success in the past, so was happy to find Olivia in the Hornchurch practice. Through treatment over several weeks with herbs, acupuncture and cupping I became well again.
In March 2020 I came down with what I am sure was Covid 19. I was not tested but had the classic symptoms, a fever, severe aches and pains with a dry cough. After 1 week, I began to feel better because the aches and pains and temperature had gone, however the cough got worse. A few days later however, I started to feel fatigue and exhausted and the cough settled deep into my lungs. I lost my sense of smell and taste completely. This then improved after 1 week, but after a day or two, what I call a 3rd wave came with returning of symptoms. I contacted Olivia for treatment as I was unable to shift the illness and had to return to work. After conducting her consultation, she sent me herbs over several weeks, and I gradually got better and the cough went completely.
Without this treatment, I believe that my chances of going on to develop long Covid were high. In my twenties I had travelled to India, and found myself very ill with a virus of some kind. The after effects troubled me over the coming year, with the symptoms returning again and again, and I ultimately had post viral fatigue syndrome for some years. I recovered from this eventually, but always had to be very careful not to overdo things or I would feel ill and drained of energy. I have been prone to getting unwell with any cold or flu virus since that time.
I am so grateful to have my health back, and believe that the Chinese herbs and treatment helped me to recover and avoid worse long-term illness. Ingrid
To Dear Olivia
My first contact with Olivia was several years ago. I had two operations for sinus problems – was feeling very depressed, continuously catching colds and had been diagnosed with asthma . The continuous colds affected the asthma so I was a regular visitor to a walk in centre, where they would put me on a nebulizer to relieve symptoms. Olivia’s treatment with acupuncture and herbs helped me to recover – I haven’t had a cold for a very long time, The asthma is well under control.
Olivia has also treated me for UTI. My doctor prescribed antibiotics which would clear the problem for a while but it would recur. This went on for about five years until eventually the antibiotics were not working. It is two years since Olivia’s treatment and again it was successful. The UTI has not recurred.
My most recent experience of Olivia’s treatment: I had a problem with my knee and could not walk. I went to a local walk in clinic for an xray as I had tripped in the garden and wondered if the bone was broken. They said the muscle and the tendon was causing the problem and gave me a crutch and some painkillers. A week later, I still couldn’t walk so I went to see Olivia. If you are in pain and can’t walk there is not much you can do. I found that very frustrating. After a short course of acupuncture and herbs, I am walking normally again – without the walking stick!
Now, when I have a problem I would always make an appointment to see Olivia. I think I can honestly say that Olivia has changed my life.
Thank you for your help. I have had five treatments over the past five weeks and there has been a significant improvement in my Tennis Elbow. I will be returning for some more treatments in the next few weeks and hopefully that will resolve almost completely.
Two months ago my GP told me that I had Swine Flu. I had a very high temperature for three days and had to stay in bed. Then I got this terrible headache where I could hardly open my eyes. This continued for about three weeks, I felt so tired all the time and needed to sleep which meant that I couldn’t continue my normal life.
I went back to my GP who said that it wasn’t possible that I could still have the virus and thought of Olivia who had helped me before in many ways and knew that I must go to her for help. Immediately she said that I still had the virus within me and could help me. Olivia prescribed acupuncture, herbs and tablets, as I was so unwell. Now three weeks later, I have more energy and not feeling so tired and starting to feel that I can get back to my old life again. I will continue with my treatment with Olivia until I feel completely well and stronger than ever.
I have full trust in this lovely lady, she is a true Doctor and healer.
Thank you so much for the treatment for my snoring. It was so bad that my partner was in despair. After only a few sessions of acupuncture and herbal tablets my snoring has all but disappeared.