ACUPUNCTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE
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ILLNESS & INJURIES, PREVENTION & MAINTENANCE. ACUTE & CHRONIC. MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS. WOMEN'S HEALTH. SPORTS INJURIES. PEDIATRICS.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which the dried herb “mugwort” (artemisia vulgaris) is burned near the surface of the skin in order to trigger a natural healing response in the body.
In Japan, scientists have found that infrared radiation from burning mugwort is very similar to natural infrared radiation in the human body. The result is that the heat from moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body, giving a warming effect which lasts for several days after the treatment.
This kind of stimulation can dramatically boost the immune system and trigger other profound effects. It can improve sleep, balance the appetite, regulate bowel elimination, improve blood circulation, improve mobility, increase energy, reduce inflammation, increase adrenal activity, decrease the “blues.” and create an overall sense of wellness.
Tuina (pronounced "twee nah") is a form of Oriental bodywork that has been used in China for centuries. It's a combination of massage, acupressure and other forms of body manipulation.
Tuina works by applying pressure to acupoints, meridians and groups of muscles or nerves to remove blockages that prevent the free flow of qi. Removing these blockages restores the balance of qi in the body, leading to improved health and vitality.
Gua Sha is pronounced “gwa shaw.”
It's a technique that involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge to intentionally raise Sha rash or petechiae.
Gua means to scrape or rub. Sha is a reddish raised “rash like” area (aka petechiae). Sha is the term used to describe Blood stasis in the subcutaneous tissue before and after it is raised as petechiae.
The scraping may result in sub-cutaneous blemishing which usually takes 2-4 days to fade.
The color of sha varies according to the severity of the patient’s blood stasis and type of their disorder. It appears 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, ease of tension, an overall change.
In classical Chinese practice, the Gua Sha technique is most commonly used to reduce fever, cough and dyspnea, and bronchitis. Help in muscle and tendon injuries as well as reinvigorating overall circulation. Assist in reducing stiffness, pain, immobility. Ease digestive disorders. As well as treat urinary, gynecological disorders.
Cupping therapy is the method of using glass or plastic cups to create localized pressure by a vacuum on the patient’s neck, shoulders, or back to dispel qi and/or blood stagnation. They may be moved over an affected area or left in place creating slight redness which will dissipate.
The vacuum inside the cups causes the blood to form in the area figuratively “breaking up” the stuck energy, thus helping to heal in that area. Once the overall blockage is removed; qi, blood and lymph fluids are better able to circulate resulting in a better sense of health.
It can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions as well as respiratory aliments such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis.
Another healing aspect of cupping therapy is through the release of toxins in your body. The suction from the cups can penetrate deep into your tissues causing the tissues to release harmful toxins. It triggers the lymphatic system, clears the blood vessels, and stretches and activates the skin.
This is a technique where an low level electrical current is applied to the acupuncture needles located at various points on the body. This is done to further stimulate the body's Qi and healing processes.