Acupuncture is just one component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that originated in China over 3000 years ago. TCM is a holistic system that not only treats the symptoms but also the root cause of disease. The medicine is based on the belief that the body has a vital energy called "qi" that circulates throughout the body along a system of pathways called meridians. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. When there is an imbalance in the flow of qi along these meridians, pain or disease develops. By stimulating specific acupuncture points, the proper flow of qi can be restored, thus treating the pain and the disease.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, fine needles into specific acupuncture points along meridians to influence the flow of qi and restore balance.
From a biological perspective acupuncture works to... • stimulate the release of pain-relieving endorphins • influence the release of neuro-transmitters, which transmit nerve impulses to the brain • influence the autonomic nervous system • stimulate vasodilation of the blood vessels, which improves circulation • increases the electrical currents of the body
Cupping - Cupping involves the use of glass or plastic cups to create a suction. They are applied to acupuncture points on the surface of the body to remove deep stagnation in the tissue. Cupping gathers blood to area applied to improve circulation and relieve pain. Cupping is also used to stop cough, improve lung function, benefit menstrual disorders, and aid in digestion. The associated markings are an indication of poor circulation in the affected tissue and generally fade in about 7-10 days.
Gua Sha - Gua Sha is the scraping of the skin with an object to intentionally break up stagnation by bringing "sha", which appears as small, red petechia to the surface of the body. Results will fade in about 2-3 days typically. Gua Sha is used for pain, stiffness, fever, and cough
Moxabustion - a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small spongy herb, over acupuncture points to facilitate healing. Moxa is used to strengthen, warm and boost the immune system, benefit digestion, stop pain and much more.
Qi Gong - Qi Gong is a mind/body wellness practice that incorporates movement, breathing, posture and intention to create a state of calm and healing. The word qigong is made up of two words, the first qi, meaning vital life-force energy and the second, gong means cultivation/skill or practice. Together Qigong means cultivating energy.
Chi Nei Tsang - Chi Nei Tsang is a deep massage for your organs that utilizes deep breathing techniques, qi gong and meditation to detoxify and relieve emotional tension that affects the proper functioning. Chi Nei Tsang can help with, but not limited to digestion, elimination, menstrual issues, infertility, stress, breathing difficulties, trauma, immune dysfunction, insomnia