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.
Acupuncture uses very fine, hair thin needles at specific points on meridians of the body to gently balance of the flow of Qi regulating the function of the related organs. Also, unlike most western medical therapies, acupuncture is able to help your psycho-emotional well-being along with your physical.
Scientific research has proven that stimulating acupuncture points will result in specific physiological reactions affecting brain activity, blood pressure, heart rate, nervous system, endocrine and immune system. These reactions have been documented to last up to 72 hours after the treatment. Acupuncture is also shown to help the body to achieve a state of homeostasis. Acupuncture can strengthen the body's immune system by mobilizing the natural defense power inside the human body to reduce inflammation and fight infection. It has also been proven that acupuncture triggers the natural production of endorphins, the body's own internal pain-killers.
Acupuncture is the art of aligning the body's energies so every system can do what it is supposed to do. Your digestive system can absorb nutrients and rid you of toxins. Your immune system can protect you from internal and external stresses. Your muscular system can function and perform without pain or limited range of motion. Your mind can think without fog or restriction.
Herbology is one of the more important modalities utilized in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Each herbal medicine prescription is a mixture of many herbs tailored to the individual patient. The practitioner usually designs a remedy using one or two main ingredients that target the illness. Then the practitioner adds many other ingredients to adjust the formula to the patient's yin/yang conditions. Sometimes, ingredients are needed as it is believed that it will cancel out toxicity or side-effects of the main ingredients. Some herbs require the use of other ingredients as a catalyst or else the brew is considered to be ineffective. The latter steps require great experience and knowledge, and make the difference between what is accepted as a good Chinese herbal doctor and an amateur. Unlike western medications, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients.
Chinese herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture for added therapeutic effect. While many cultures have herbal medicine traditions, the sophistication of Chinese herbal medicine is unsurpassed. Chinese herbal medicine has a long history reaching back several thousand years, and the resulting system is now used to treat everything from the common cold to certain types of cancer.
There are thousands of herbs in the Chinese materia medica, of which about 400 are commonly used. You will generally receive a mixture of several different herbs in a formula that has been tailored to your condition. Chinese herbs are extremely effective and normally have only mild side effects, however it is very important to tell me about all the medications and supplements you are currently taking so that we can avoid any unwanted interactions with your formula.
Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine technique, using a special cup to create a local suction to the skin and held. The air inside the cup is heated and the rim is then applied to the skin, forming an airtight seal. As the air inside the cup cools, it contracts, forming a partial vacuum and enabling the cup to suck the skin, pulling in soft tissue, and drawing blood to that area. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body to mobilize blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps).
The cupping procedure commonly involves creating a small area of low air pressure next to the skin. However, there is variety in the tools used, the method of creating the low pressure, and the procedures followed during the treatment.
Fire cupping is a treatment where a cotton ball dipped in 70% or greater alcohol is lit and the cotton ball is then introduced inside of the cup for a brief second. The cup is then placed on the patient. As the heat dissipates, the cooling action creates the firm suction. The cups can be moved around the patient's body along the "meridians" and at specific points to allegedly help with immune boosting and other "modalities".
Benefits of Cupping
Cupping is particularly helpful for conditions such as rheumatism, joint pain, lumbago, stiff neck, shoulder pain and it helps to relieve the distension of abdomen. It also relieves respiratory discomfort.
Cupping gives people a sense of calmness during and after treatment, providing both benefits of detoxification as well as increases circulation and the mobility of affected areas.