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Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
- Pain reduction
- Stress and tension relief
- Increased energy levels
- Stronger digestion
- Relief from bad habits and addictions
- Greater sense of overall health and well-being
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health.
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 fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.
Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.
First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. I then use a smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called "Sha"), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow if Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. But the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.
Electroacupuncture is a highly effective holistic treatment for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture. Once I insert very thin and sterile needles into specific points along the meridians of your body, I then attach the needles to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points. This helps restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.
According to the Nei Jing or Yellow Emperor's Canon of Classical Medicine the removal of blood stagnation by bloodletting is recommended as the first line of action when addressing any condition, especially when dealing with issues of pain. In Chinese Medicine pain is generally thought of as blood stagnation, which must be removed in order for healthy blood and nourishing fluids to return to the area and surrounding tissues. Though not commonly practiced by contemporary practitioners of Chinese Medicine, bloodletting may be one of the most important overlooked modalities of modern times.
Bleeding or bloodletting can also help reduce the visibility of spider veins and varicosities, thereby removing the blood stagnation and allowing blood and fluids to travel unimpeded along the channels.
Cupping and Hijama
Both dry and wet cupping have been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. Cupping is a form of massage that helps relieve aches and pains, improves circulation, and also can greatly benefit respiratory and digestive issues. Dry cupping can include stationary or moving cups that draw out the underlying stagnation at the root cause of acute and chronic pain.
Wet cupping or hijama is an ancient technique known to have been used by the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him). The theory of hijama is basically identical to that which was taught and practiced by the ancient Chinese. Areas on the body are punctured, then a suction cup is placed over the wound to encourage the drawing out of stagnant blood. This can greatly reduce pain and inflammation, and allow relief to occur on spiritual, emotional, and physical levels.