Acupuncture, dating back thousands of years, is thought to be one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world. Acupuncture itself involves various techniques of stimulating points on the body. Most commonly used and well known among acupuncture techniques is the penetration of the skin with small, sterile, disposable needles. Stimulating these specific points restores and maintains the balance of the body, mind and emotions.
Moxibustion is thought to predate acupuncture by 1000 years. The herb Artimisiae Vulgaris or Mugwort is warmed and used either directly or indirectly on acupuncture points or areas or pain. The heat and energy of the Moxa treatment promotes blood circulation, stimulates the flow of qi, and enhances overall vitality and health.
In Modern China it is well know that Moxabustion can treat hypertension and the common cold. A landmark study in the Journal of the American Medical Assoc in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxabustion at an acupuncture point found on the foot.
Cupping involves the use of either a glass or plastic cup in which a vacuum has been produced by either the application of heat or by a pump. When the cup is applied to the skin’s surface the suction created by the vacuum aids in pulling toxic build from the muscle tissue. As pathogenic toxins are released from the underlying tissues and brought to the surface of the skin the body is then able to eliminate them much more efficiently. This also allows fresh, oxygenated blood to circulate more freely and more efficiently nourish the body’s tissues.
Often this modality is used to aid in reducing pain, spasms and knots in the muscles. Cupping is also used in treatment of headache, common colds, flu, asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, as well as well musculoskeletal pain.
Auricular Acupuncture (PIC) is a style of acupuncture in which needles are placed on the external portion of the ear. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the whole body is represented as a microcosm on the ear. Auricular acupuncture can be used as both a standalone treatment or as an adjunct to full body acupuncture.
Herbal Therapy involves herbal formulas which are prescribed based on a client’s Chinese medical diagnosis. The power of an herbal formula lies in the fact that it has been designed specifically for the individual in order to restore health and balance by treating the root of a client’s condition not just masking symptoms. The formula prescribed maybe in the form of a tincture, pill or raw or powdered herb blend which is then prepared as a tea. Herbs are considered to have few or no side effects compared to western pharmaceuticals.
Tui Na is a form of Chinese massage which promotes the circulation of blood and energy. Tui Na involves the practitioner using various body manipulations and movement techniques to alleviate pain and address health issues using pressure on particular acupuncture points.
Gua Sha involves long sweeping strokes along an aspect of the body with a small tool which results in small petechiae called sha. The sha generally fades within 2-3 days after treatment. Gua Sha removes blood stagnation, promotes normal circulation and metabolic processes. Many times the client experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chills, cough, nausea and other forms of inflammation. Gua sha can be used for acute and chronic conditions.