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.
GUA - SHA
Gua-Sha, also called "spooning or scraping", is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising(called "Sha"). It helps to remove the body’s toxic debris, improve the blood circulation of the affected area. In result, the patient gets instant pain relief.
The process can force blood containing toxin to be seeped out of permeable capillaries, and form red spots on the skin. Modern research also shows Gua-Sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect which will persist for days following the treatment.