Acupuncture is the time tested therapy that has been practiced in the Far East for thousands of years. The philosophy behind the treatment is that energy lines or meridians circulate around the body. These meridians contain our energy flow or “Qi”. It is when this qi is impaired through the body that imbalance and illness occurs. With the insertion of fine needles at various points on the meridian, the energy can be moved or redirected to where it is needed most. In this way the body’s balance can be restored and the illness resolved.
In the Western view, acupuncture likely works by stimulating the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals called neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals dull pain, boost the immune system and regulate various body functions.
Acupressure Massage – Tui Na
Tui Na uses rhythmic compression along energy channels of the body, as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the joints. Tui Na directly affects the flow of energy by holding and pressing the body at acupressure points.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. 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.
Moxibustion is a therapeutic method of burning and warming by placing the moxa-wool or other medicated materials to points of the human body. With the help of the mild heat of the ignited moxa and the action of the medicine and through the meridian transmission, moxibusion has the therapeutic effect of warming and promoting the flow of qi and blood, as well as strengthening the body resistance to eliminate pathogenic factors.
Herbal therapy is the core of East Asian medicine. Herbs are simply plants and vegetables. Herbs are classified according to their natural properties, flavors, directions of qi movement, meridian tropism and therapeutic actions. Traditionally, a group of herbs, not a single herb, are selected as a formula for a given condition based on the diagnosis. Mixed herbs have no more side effects than mixed corns, carrots and peas.
Herbal tea has been imbibed nearly as long as written history extends. Also known as a tisane or herbal infusion, an herbal tea is simply the combination of boiling water and dried fruit, flower or herb. Documents have been recovered dating back to as early as Ancient Egypt that discuss the enjoyment and uses of herbal tea