Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is
based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible
for disease. Acupuncture may, it has been theorized, correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin.
The practice of acupuncture to treat identifiable pathophysiological (disease) conditions in American medicine was rare until the visit of President Richard M. Nixon to China in 1972. Since that time, there has been an explosion of interest in the United States and Europe in the application of the technique of acupuncture to Western medicine.
Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. There are a variety of approaches to diagnosis and treatment in American acupuncture that incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The most thoroughly studied mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points employs penetration of the skin by thin, solid, metallic needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.
Chinese herbal medicine is part of an integrated system of primary health care, known as
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has an uninterrupted history of development dating back at least 5000 years,
making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. In the intervening millennia,
the practice of Chinese herbal medicine and Acupuncture has developed and matured to become what it is today a natural and
holistic system of primary health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social
backgrounds to effectively treat a wide range of chronic and acute health problems.
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as
suction devices that are placed on the skin. There are several ways that a practitioner can create the suction in
the cups. One method involves swabbing rubbing alcohol onto the bottom of the cup, then lighting it and putting
the cup immediately against the skin. Suction can also be created by placing an inverted cup over a small flame,
or by using an alcohol-soaked cotton pad over an insulating material (like leather) to protect the skin, then
lighting the pad and placing an empty cup over the flame to extinguish it. Flames are never used near the skin
and are not lit throughout the process of cupping, but rather are a means to create the heat that causes the
suction within the small cups. Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin
(often referred to as "gliding cupping).
The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes. This is similar to the practice of Tui Na, a traditional Chinese medicine massage technique that targets acupuncture points as well as painful body parts, and is well known to provide relief through pressure.
Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining,
spooning or scraping’, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area
of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation
of blood in the subcutis.
Raising sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic in traditional East Asian medicine. Modern research shows the transitory therapeutic petechiae produce an anti inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment accounting for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc.
Electroacupuncture is a form of Acupuncture where a small painless electrical current is passed
between pairs of acupuncture needles.The electric stimulation enhances muscle relaxation, the release of natural pain
killers in body, as well as decreases the inflammation.
The electroacupuncture is most used for chronic pain and inflammatory conditions.
It is the burning of an herb called Mugwort. the herb or Moxa can take many forms including cigar-like moxa rolls,
raw rice grain size pieces, and compressed smokeless sticks.
Moxa is burned directly or indirectly over the Acupuncture points. It will regulate or move the blood and energy. It is a therapy that can prevent and treat diseases with heat stimulation on acupoints. One of the common uses of Moxa is to treat Chronic.Pain.
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