Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in Asia more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
Acupuncture works through the manipulation of very thin sterile needles on specific points along meridians running in regular patterns throughout the body. Acu-points are tiny areas on the skin that contain highly concentrated levels of nerve endings, lymphatics, and blood vessels. While stimulation of an acu-point with a needle is relatively painless, it activates the nervous system, initiating a cascade of hormones and neurotransmitters that influence the body's own internal regulating systems, promoting health and healing.
Medicinal Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to cure diseases and alleviate discomfort due to many different disorders. Often, as part of your treatment, an herbal formula will be suggested for you to take between visits to enhance your healing process.
The herbs that make up the formulas each have their own characteristics which affect the body in different ways. These are called the herb's properties. An example of an herbal property is temperature, which refers to the temperature, or metabolic rate change, the herb induces in your body when consumed. When combined together, these herbal concoctions can treat a wide variety of complex ailments. Modern research shows that Herbal Medicine can be highly effective in alleviating many disease symptoms. They can be prescribed to help balance hormonal fluctuations that come with menopause, assist with sleeping disorders, enhance digestion and boost the immune system, just to name a few examples.
AND OTHER MODALITIES
Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, uses many modalities to facilitate healing. One of the greater known modalities is cupping which can be used to treat many various conditions. Fire cupping is the most traditional method, as it uses fire to burn oxygen out of a glass cup, which creates a vacuum on the skin surface, pulling the tissue into the cup. Oxygen can increase up to 400% using this method. It may leave marks on the skin for a few days, but the marks are painless and generally fade quickly.
Gua Sha is another commonly used method of releasing bound fascial planes by a method of gentle scraping on the skin surface. It serves many similar purposes to cupping, but is more easily accessible to harder to reach areas like the neck and curvature around the shoulders.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, wool like herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion stimulates local white blood cell production and triggers an immune response through stimulated areas of the body. It also firms and solidifies flaccid tissue layers.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had babies that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion therapy.