WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of very fine needles through the patient's skin at specific points on the body. It is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when conventional medical therapy has failed.
Tui-Na is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage often used in conjunction with Acupuncture and other TCM treatments. It uses special manipulation massage techniques on the muscles, tendons and joints to relax the muscle, loosen cramps, adjust the dislocation so the body can start to heal and eventually become pain free.
One of Tui Na's advantages over relaxation style massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with muscles, joints and skeletel system. Like other TCM treatment methods, it works with the energy of the body at a deeper level. By restoring and blancing internal energy, Tui na not only corrects the problems, but also helps to prevent them coming back.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
The insertion of an acupuncture needle is generally not an uncomfortable experience. The needles used are smaller than an injection needle. Therefore it is far less likely to cause bruising and tissue damage.
An acupuncture meridian is a line of energy, which connects all the acupuncture points related to a particular organ. There are 12 primary meridians and 8 secondary meridians.
Ear Acupuncture, also known as Auricular Therapy, is widely used for many conditions, including obesity, addiction, pain, stress and many others.
Scalp Acupuncture is a specialized form of acupuncture that has significant results on people with central neurological disorders, including spinal cord injury (SCI) and multiple sclerosis (MS)
Most acupuncture points lie along meridians. Stimulating these points can increase or decrease the energy in the meridian to adjust the flow of "Qi" through it.
Cupping uses heat or suction pump to create negative pressure over a small area of the skin. The cup usually stays less than 10 mintues.The vacuum-like action lead to a temporary blockage of the blood circulation to the area and then accelerates the blood flow after the cup is removed. The process balances and realigns the flow of Qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.
In TCM theory, the cupping therapy sucks wind, dampness or coldness out of the body which is the main reason for causing arthritis joints pains.