Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique for unblocking Qi (ch'i or qi) by inserting needles at particular points on the body to balance the opposing forces of yin and yang. Qi is believed to flow through the body along 14 main pathways called meridians. When yin and yang are in harmony, chi flows freely within the body and a person is healthy. When a person is sick, diseased, or injured, there is an obstruction of Qi along one or more meridians. Traditional Chinese medicine has identified some 500 specific points where needles are to be inserted for specific effects.
Electro-acupuncture, the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the acupoints, was developed in China as an extension of hand manipulation of acupuncture needles around 1934. The procedure for electro-acupuncture is to insert the acupuncture needle as would normally be done, attain the Qi reaction by hand manipulation, and then attach an electrode to the needle to provide continued stimulation.
Ear (auricular) Acupuncture
Auricular acupuncture is one of the more widely used microsystems within eastern medicine. Microsystems use one aspect of the body - for example, the ears, hands or feet - to treat conditions that are present anywhere in the body. Auricular acupuncture may be used as a primary mode of treatment or in conjunction with other treatments such as acupuncture, bodywork or herbal medicine.
In scalp acupuncture, very short, fine needles are placed on the scalp to achieve the desired therapeutic effects on different parts of the body. This technique has yielded outstanding results for thousands of patients, and has become recognized worldwide as one of the most effective methods for the treatment of a wide variety of difficult-to-manage medical conditions.
Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle (the technique is called gliding cupping). Cupping is applied by acupuncturists to certain acupuncture points, as well as to regions of the body that are affected by pain (where the pain is deeper than the tissues to be pulled).
Pronounced 'twee-nah'. This is a form of acupressure that uses many different strokes that are applied to acupressure points, channels and muscle groups. It is believed that the strokes and techniques stimulate an exchange of Qi between the practitioner and the patient. It is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy that is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbs and qigong.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal Medicine is the therapeutic use of plants, and is the most ancient form of health care known to humankind. An herb is a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory or aromatic qualities. Herb plants produce and contain a variety of chemical substances that act upon the body. Herbs have been used to treat virtually every disease and condition. The use of herbs ranges from pain relievers, hormone balancers, energizers, sleep aids, stomach soothers, skin soothers, and treatment of everything from allergies to cancer, from depression to hysteria. Herbs are used for both prevention and treatment.