the acupuncture treatment practitioner inserts hair-thin, disposable stainless
steel needles into specific points on the body that located mostly along
the energy channels (meridians) to improve and balance the flow of Qi
Unlike the standard needles used for injections,
acupuncture needles are solid and have a finely tapered point that creates
a smooth, painless insertion without damaging nearby tissues. [Top]
Also known as auriculotherapy
(ear acupuncture) is a form of oriental medicine based on the idea that
the ear is a microsystem, meaning that the entire body is represented
on the auricle (or auricula, or pinna - the outer portion
of the ear) and that the entire body can be treated by stimulation of
the surface of the ear exclusively.
Used in treatment and
prevention of diseases by stimulation of the certain acupuncture points
in or around the ear with needles, magnets, ear seeds. Auricular acupuncture
could be use as a stand-alone modality or as a complement to the whole
body acupuncture treatment. Auricular acupuncture is used widely in treatment
of addictions, stress, insomnia, infertility, high blood pressure etc. [Top]
Used in combination with
the traditional needle acupuncture by sending a small amount of electric
current through the needle to the acupuncture point. Electro-acupuncture
is usually recommended for pain relief and stroke/paralyses. [Top]
is an Oriental medicine heat therapy utilizing moxa, or mugwort
This ancient healing
technique is believed to even precede the acupuncture. Moxibustion
still plays an important role in the traditional medical systems
of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia. During the
moxibustion, the specially processed leaves of Artemisia Vulgaris
are burned at or above the acupuncture points to warm regions with
the intention of stimulating circulation and inducing a smooth flow
of Qi and Blood and to protect body against Cold and Dampness.
word moxa comes from Japanese mogusa (the u is not very strongly enunciated).
The Chinese character for moxa forms one half of the two making up the
Chinese word that often gets translated as "acupuncture" zhenjiu.
Moxa is used for pain
and deficient conditions, and has been clinically effective for treatment
of common conditions such as acute and chronic pain (frozen shoulder,
back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome), digestive upset (diarrhea, IBS), women's
disorders, and sexual function (impotence, decreased libido). [Top]
a method of treating diseases by increasing blood circulation in specific
body areas. A special glass or plastic cups/jars are used to create partial
vacuum inside of them and then applied to the skin for the period up to
20 minutes. This method is utilized in treating pain conditions, common
cold, cough etc. [Top]
An infrared lamp applies
gentle heat to the acupuncture points or tender areas on the body, usually
combined with acupuncture. It is very effective in treatment of the arthritic
pain, certain infertility cases, helps to speed up a wound healing and enhances
general energy levels.[Top]
Sometimes referred to
as soft or cold, with the Low-Level Laser the light is compressed from
a wavelength of the cold, red part of the spectrum. It is different from
natural light in that it is one precise color; it is coherent (it travels
in a straight line), essentially monochromatic (a very narrow bandwidth
of two or three wavelengths) and polarized (it concentrates its beam in
a defined location or spot.) These properties allow laser light to penetrate
the surface of the skin with no heating effect, no damage to the skin
and no known side effects. Laser light directs bio-stimulation light energy
to the body's cells, which the cells then convert into chemical energy
to promote natural healing and pain relief.
Low-level laser therapy uses cold laser light energy to direct bio-stimulation
light energy to the body's cells without injuring or damaging them in
any way. The energy range of low level laser light lies between 1 and
500mW (milli-watts), while for surgical lasers, the energy range lies
between 3000 and 10000mW.
Low-level lasers supply
energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. When pulsed
at certain pulse rates the therapy device optimizes the immune responses
of the blood that produces an anti-inflammatory effect. It is a scientific
fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effects
throughout the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every
- Low Level Laser promotes healing in many conditions because it increases
the ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) level and activates enzymes in the
- Growth factor response within the cells and tissue is increased as
a result of enhanced ATP and protein synthesis.
- Improved cell proliferation is apparent.
- Pain (both acute and chronic) relief as result of increased endorphin
- A strengthened immune system response due to increasing levels of
- There is a pronounced anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effect.
With the application
of this laser light to injuries or wounds, soft tissue healing rate and
pain relief are accomplished. Additionally, the process increases the
speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, increasing the blood
supply to the affected area, stimulating the immune system, nerve function,
developing collagen and muscle tissue, and helping to generate new healthy
cells and tissue and promoting faster wound healing and clot formation.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) does no damage to tissue cells and is safe
in most applications. The therapy is precise, accurate, easy to administer
and offers safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. [Top]
Gua Sha is an ancient
medical treatment that is still widely used by practitioners ofTraditional
Chinese Medicine. It is used even more widely as a "folk" technique,
by Chinese, as a preventive or remedial treatment.
(Natural Jade Gua Sha
Sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with
a smooth edge.
The smooth edge is placed against the pre-oiled skin surface, pressed
down firmly, and then moved down the muscles or along the pathway
of theacupuncture meridians, along the surface of the skin, with
each stroke being about 4-6 inches long.
causes extravasation of blood from the peripheral capillaries (petechiae)
and may result in sub-cutaneous blemishing (ecchymosis), which usually
takes 2-4 days to fade. Sha rash does not represent capillary rupture
as in bruising, as is evidenced by the immediate fading of petechiae to
echymosis, and the rapid resolution of sha as compared to bruising. The
color of sha varies according to the severity of the patient's blood stasis
-- which may correlate with the nature, severity and type of their disorder
--appearing from a dark blue-black to a light pink, but is most often
a shade of red. Although the marks on the skin look painful, they are
not. Patients typically feel immediate sense of relief and change. Gua
Sha is not known to be harmful. The technique called cupping also leaves
distinctive, petechial marks on the skin, but is also harmless. In classical
Chinese practice, the Gua Sha technique is most commonly used to:
- Reduce fever (the technique was used to treat cholera).
- Treat fatigue caused by exposure to heat (often used to treat
- Cough and dyspnea: bronchitis, asthma, emphysema .
- Treat muscle and tendon injuries.
- Push sluggish circulation, fibromyalgia .
- Treat headache.
- Treat stiffness, pain, immobility.
- Treat digestive disorders .
- Treat urinary, gynecological disorders .
- To assist with reactions to food poisoning.