Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
Acupuncture is the insertion (only a few millimeters) of solid, hair-like, fine needles in specific points on the body to adjust and balance the flow of Chi (vital energy).
This activates the body's Chi and promotes natural healing physically and emotionally by
enhancing its immunity and own recuperative power.
Acupuncture is far more than a technique of inserting needles along meridian lines of the body.
It is part of a complex medical system that depends on diagnostic methods which take into consideration the person as a whole.
- Is acupuncture painful?
Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are ultra-thin and flexible permitting a nearly painless insertion. Some patients may feel sensations such as heat, pressure or a tingling where the needles are inserted which is associated with the movement of energy stimulated by the insertion of the needle.
- How many treatments and how often?
Each person is unique and types of conditions differ, the number of treatments varies. It depends on the nature and severity of the condition.
Generally, chronic conditions like PMS, asthma, back pain or other problems that you have had for many years may take 1 or 2 treatments per week for several months.
Those with acute conditions, like a cold or flu will generally only require 1 or 2 treatments. Conditions that are more recent, like sudden pain from an injury or seasonal allergies may require 3 or 4 sessions of treatments before symptoms are reduced.
- Does It Work On The Nervous System?
Acupuncture does not work via the nerves. It is thought to be another type of signal conducting system. Modern Western Medicine has been unable to explain acupuncture, why it works, how it works, etc.…
"Chi" cannot be measured or seen, but we know it is there because we see the results.
Chinese herbal medicine is often combined in the course of
treatments. It has been used safely and effectively over 3,000 years as a
powerful and accurate tool regulating the internal organs and immune system.
Please read more in detail on
"HERBAL TREATMENT" page
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing.
In Eastern Medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and Chi.
Although moxibustion has been safely used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, it is not for everyone.
Because it is used specifically for patients suffering from cold or stagnant constitutions, it should not be used on anyone diagnosed with too much heat.
Cupping is frequently applied after treatment by acupuncture. 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.
Cups are 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). A certain amount of bruising is expected both from fixed position cupping (especially at the site of the cup rim) and with movement of the cups.
In some cases, a small amount of blood letting (vein pricking) is done first, using a pricking needle, and then the cup is applied over the site. It is employed especially when there is a toxic heat syndrome and for a variety of acute symptoms.