Acupuncture involves the use of tiny needles inserted into energetic points on the body which stimulate a healing energy flow in the body to assist in the healing process. In Chinese Medicine, we refer to this energy flow as Qi (Chi). Needling the Acupuncture points can influence the meridians by enhancing the flow of Qi, which in turn unblock the obstructions and establishes the regular flow through the meridian. The modern science explanation is that needling the Acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system that releases chemicals in the muscle, spinal cord, and brain. There chemicals will either change the experience of pain or they will trigger the release of the chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. Acupuncture Style to match your preference:
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Herbs are usually combined in prescriptions. Its preparation comes in the form of tea, powder, or pill. They are designed to help specific health problems or correct imbalances in the body. The right composition of herbs is chosen only after careful observation of the condition and the patients constitution (T.C.M. diagnosis). Chinese Herbology has four-thousand years of history, and a developed and wholesome theory. We use herbs under the direction of this theory.
Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture. Acupressure involves placing physical pressure by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices on different acupuncture points on the surface of the body.
Acupressure and other elements of Asian bodywork have the goal of restoring health and balance to the energy flow. Acupressure can be used to treat the body, mind, emotions, energy field, and spirit.
Acupressure can also stimulate endorphin production. Endorphins are natural substances made by the body that help relieve pain.
Cupping is a practice of Chinese medicine recommended mainly for treating bronchial congestion, arthritis, and pain. It is also promoted to ease depression and reduce swelling.
Cupping is designed to realign and balance the flow of one's vital energy or life force called qi or ch'i, pronounced "kee" or "chee." In the presence of illness or injury, proponents say, the qi is disturbed and there may be too much or too little at certain points in the body. The practitioner diagnoses any imbalances in the qi and attempts to restore them. Although not widely used as an alternative method of treatment for cancer, some practitioners may use it to balance energy in the body that has been blocked by tumors.
Moxibustion is the application of heat resulting from the burning of a small bundle of tightly bound herbs, or moxa, to targeted acupoints. It is used along with acupuncture.
Moxibustion is a practice of both traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine that stimulates acupoints in order to promote the body's ability to heal itself. The radiant heat produced by moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body, restoring the balance and flow of vital energy or life force called qi or ch'i. Moxibustion is promoted for improving general health and treating cancer and chronic conditions such as arthritis, digestive disorders, and ulcers.
Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which acupuncture needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses, generating a small electric current that flows between pairs of needles.
Another term is Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. This practice augments the use of regular acupuncture, can restore health and well-being, and is particularly good for treating pain.