What Is Acupuncture?
The use of acupuncture originated from ancient China over 2500 years. It has been used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical and mental conditions. The general theory of Acupuncture is based on the movement of ‘qi’ or energy throughout the body which is essential for health. The acupuncture needles are used to balance the disruptions in the flow of qi. Today it is part of a system of complementary and alternative medicine, recognized by World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health. It has been evaluated to be NON-TOXIC, with MINIMAL adverse reactions (unlike many drugs). Some studies show acupuncture is comparable to morphine preparations for chronic pain sufferers. The action of needling on the acupuncture points have been studied and proven to induce analgesia, boost immune function and regulate physiological functions.
On your acupuncture appointment, you can expect placement of fine, solid, metallic needles on specific points on your body. Some patients report feeling of warmth, heavy, pulling sensation, and others may feel cool and light.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbal Formulas:
The Chinese herbal formulas have been developed over thousands of years and unlike many of the western herbal use, these formulas are a blend of herbs to enhance or eliminate key herb’s effects on the body. Traditionally, each formula is catered and tailored to individual patient. Today, most commonly used formulations and time-tested herbal compounds are prescribed with or without acupuncture treatments.
Cupping therapy was traditionally developed to treat respiratory conditions. Today, it has evolved to treat musculoskeletal conditions, by applying suction on the skin and stimulating the lymphatic and circulatory systems.
Cupping methods include: Dry cupping, Fire Cupping, Wet Cupping, Massage Cupping, and Mechanical Cupping. Cupping is used in conjunction with Acupuncture.
Moxibustion or “moxa” therapy is used for treating various conditions, especially cold and stagnant conditions. It is the use of dried and processed herb called Mugwort, or artemesia vulgaris, and burning it above an acupuncture point. It creates a warm sensation and pungent odor while it burns and smokes. There has been a study published in Journal of American Medicine Association that found effective use of moxa therapy on pregnant women with breech fetus. More common use in the clinical setting is for increasing blood and qi flow in the pelvic region, relieving menstrual cramps, improving digestion problems, and relieving arthritic pain. There is also moxa therapy that is preventative, immune boosting for longevity.