Pain Relief, Stress and Balance

What is AcuAroma Therapy?

By Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac

AcuAroma Therapy combines the healing properties of therapeutic essential oils with acupressure or acupuncture treatment. Treatments are based on the TCM diagnosis, with a combination of body work, acupressure, acupuncture and application of essential oil to the acupoints.

This can be a completely needle-free treatment, or combined with traditional acupuncture and/or abdominal massage.

The oils complement the acupuncture points.  Each oil is chosen for its properties in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the synergistic treatments are often more powerful than simply using essential oils or acupuncture on their own. These treatments 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 the physiological, emotional and energetic levels of the body. Essential oils have an effect on the 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 healing properties, functions and therapeutic applications. Oils will often affect different body areas in different ways.  In adding them to an acupuncture session, they are chosen for how they relate to TCM.

A few examples of therapeutic oils and how we may use them in an AcuAroma session:

Neck, shoulder or upper body tension – Local and distal acupuncture points can be stimulated by needles or magnets, plus 1-3 therapeutic essential oils (in carrier oil) applied to the area.  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 and 1-3 therapeutic essential oils (in carrier oil) applied to the area. Oils such as Ginger, Fennel or Coriander may be used. 

Chronic pain issue such as Menstrual Cramping – Combination of abdominal massage, local and distal acupuncture points and 1-3 therapeutic essential oils (in 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 Encyclopedia of Essential Oils

AcuAroma Self Care 

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 treatments, this method is the perfect self help modality to do on your own. By doing self care regularly you carry on the benefit 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 healing process. 


Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac

About the author

Barbara is a Registered Acupuncturist and practitioner of Arvigo Abdominal Therapy®. Her focus is on natural therapies for Women's Health, Fertility and Vitality.


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