Traditional Chinese Medicine; Acupuncture, Herbal, Tui na (Acupressure), Cupping, Guasha, jiǔ (Moxibustion)
What is Acupuncture?
Originated in China more than 3000 years ago, Acupuncture is a complete medical system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well being. It?s effective for physical, psychological, and emotional problems. Acupuncture, due to its proven effectiveness, has been embraced throughout the world.
How does Acupuncture Work?
Recent development in science has determined that human beings are complex bioelectric systems. Remarkably, this understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture practice for several thousand years.
Energy (often called ?Chi? in traditional Chinese Medicine) circulates throughout the body along well-defined pathways. Points on the skin along these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures, and systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimum function is affected and this results in pain or illness. Acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, Which influences the health of the entire being.
Types of treatment:
The most commonly used technique is the treatment with needles. However, other forms of treatment such as cupping, moxibuation (a form of heat therapy), and a variety of massage might be used as well. Acupuncturists may also recommend dietary modifications, herbal prescriptions, and specific therapeutic exercise.
What are the Benefits?
Acupuncture can be used as highly effective drug free pain therapy. Acupuncture provides excellent slow onset and long lasting analgesia, which continues after needle stimulation and has a continuous cumulative effect by using endogenous-opioid-peptide system. Studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system. Evidence shows that acupuncture can trigger the release of endorphins from the brain. Which make acupuncture very effective for pain control. Acupuncture promotes the body?s natural healing ability. Most conditions can be corrected or improved without any side effects commonly caused by chemical drugs.
The effectiveness of acupuncture is well documented and extends far beyond the conception that it is only useful for chronic pain management. Recently, acupuncture detoxification treatments have been recognized as a valid form of therapy for chemical dependency problems. Throughout its long history, acupuncture has established a solid reputation as a system of health that works.
Commonly Treated Conditions:
Allergies/Asthma/Sinusitis, Anxiety/depression, Arthritis/Joint Problems, Back Pain, Bladder/kidney Problems, Constipation/Diarrhea, Colds/flu Cough/Bronchitis, Disorders of digestion, Dizziness, Depression/Stress/tension, Face Lifting, Frozen Shoulders, Gynecological, Disorders/Menopause, Headaches/Migraines, Health Maintenance, High Blood Pressure, Immune System Deficiency, Infertility, Neck Pain/Stiffness, Paralysis/Numbness, Sciatica, Skin Problems, Tendonitis
Acupressure treatment is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago that uses the fingers to put pressure on specific pressure points, on the body, to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force energy to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle but firm pressure.
An advantage of using acupressure include relieving pain, balancing the body and maintaining good health, reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.
Tui Na, mean push and grasp - it is closely related to acupuncture in its use of the meridian system and is considered to be effective for a similar range of health problems. Always used to treat injuries, joint and muscle problems and internal disorders.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine classifies herbs according to their taste and effect on different internal organs and acupuncture meridians. Chinese Herbal medicine uses plants (or parts of plants such as the stems, leaves, flowers, roots, bark, fruits and seeds) to treat illness, relieve common ailments and restore health. Some traditional Chinese systems also use mineral and animal products. Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine treats the whole person rather than individual symptoms. They have classic formulas to treat common problems. But most prescriptions are individually formulated to stimulate the body’s natural healing powers so that it can treat the different problems that people have. Chinese Herbs can come in concentrated Chinese Herbal powder to make Herbal tea. Sometimes Chinese Herbal Tea is used in combination with acupuncture to treat some problems. In other cases Chinese herbal is used to treat problems on its own, without acupuncture.