Acupuncture is a safe, effective and drug-free therapeutic method that can help address a wide variety of health problems. This holistic therapy helps to reduce or relieve pain, strengthen the immune system, prevent diseases, support physical and emotional health, and improve function of affected areas of the body by inserting, manipulating and retaining very fine sterile filiform needles into specific acu-points on the body.
Acupuncture stimulates the release of pain-relieving endorphins, influences the release of neurotransmitters, substances that transmit nerve impulses to the brain, influences the autonomic nervous system, stimulates circulation, and influences the electrical currents of the body.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Most people who have had acupuncture would describe it as virtually painless or far less painful than plucking out a hair. Depending on what is being treated and the needle technique involved, the sensations range from nothing at all, to mild tingling, to slight numbness or achiness, to electrical pulsations in areas distant from the site of needle insertion. All these sensations usually subside once the needles are removed. If a patient does not want acupuncture treatment then Tuina (Chinese massage), cupping or herbal therapy are great alternatives.
Tuina (Chinese Massage)
Tuina (pronounced as “Toy Nah”) is an ancient Chinese form of massage which uses rhythmic compression along energy channels of the body, including the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue of the body. Acupressure techniques directly affect the flow of Qi (vital energy), allowing it to flow strongly throughout the body with an emphasis on restoring and balancing energy to prevent or cure diseases.
Cupping is a method of stimulating acupuncture points by applying suction through a bamboo, glass or plastic jar, in which a partial vacuum has been created. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Cupping has been found to affect the body up to two inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is also used for low backache, sprains, soft tissue injuries, and helping relieve fluid from the lungs in chronic bronchitis. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete health care system that originated in China over 5,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and best known of the alternative therapies in the world today. Consisting of various methods including acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, auriculotherapy, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, massage therapy, and dietary therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine is a system for balancing the various functions of the body.
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Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is one of the most sophisticated systems within TCM. It is based on a careful diagnostic system known as a "differentiation of syndromes" which is a technique that doctors of TCM have been specially trained in.
Differentiation of syndromes means that the prescribed herbal formula is specifically designed and formulated to match an individual's medical conditions and needs. TCM herbal medicine synergistically combines a variety of herbs in order to treat a wide spectrum of medical conditions. It can also be used for both prevention and cure and, like vitamins or food supplements, they maintain our health and address both acute and chronic ailments.