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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles at specific points on the body. Based on information gathered for over 3,000 years in China, today's acupuncture practitioners are trained to select specific points in order to stimulate the movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. While preventing illness by improving the overall functioning of the body's immune, blood, energy, endocrine, and organ systems, acupuncture is also helpful for treating chronic and acute illnesses and injuries; preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness and improving overall health.

 

Cupping

 

Cupping is one of the oldest methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Originally, practitioners would use hollowed-out animal horns for cups, and place them over particular points or meridians. Today, most acupuncturists use cups made of thick glass or plastic, although bamboo, iron and pottery cups are still used in other countries. Glass cups are the preferred method of delivery, because they do not break as easily as pottery or deteriorate like bamboo, and they allow the acupuncturist to see the skin and evaluate the effects of treatment.

 

In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable substance, which is soaked in alcohol, lit on fire and placed inside the cup. Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates a vacuum. As the substance burns, the cup is turned upside-down so that the practitioner can place the cup over a specific area. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools. Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin's pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of Qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. Cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain. Fleshy sites on the body, such as the back, buttocks and stomach are the preferred sites for treatment.

 

Moxa

 

Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, and maintain general health.

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, moxibustion is used to remove cold or other stagnant conditions in patients. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold therefore strengthening the Kidney Yang. It also warms the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and Qi.


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