What is popularly known today as Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine is part of a complete medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM includes many methods of healing like cupping, acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese herbs and tuina (Chinese massage) and is known for its proven effectiveness over thousands of years.
Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It involves the insertion of fine, disposable needles into the skin at specific points on the body to improve the circulation of “Qi” (Life Energy). It has been successfully used to treat various diseases and health conditions for thousands of years. Acupuncture has proven to be safe and effective and is frequently used as an alternative or complement to medications.
The therapy of acupressure is a natural health remedy where acupressure points on our bodies are stimulated by manual techniques. The stimulation of acupressure points has been linked to enhance the balance of the qi, or energy, in our body.
The techniques used in acupressure include direct pressure with the thumb, fingers, palm, or elbow. Variations of the technique including “rolling” with the forearm over a body part, kneading of the muscles, tapping the area of concern, and mobilizing of various joints.
The theory behind cupping is to draw out trapped toxins in the body to enhance the circulation of blood and the flow of qi, or energy. Used commonly throughout Chinese history for thousands of years, cupping is used for conditions such as all kinds of pain syndromes, chronic fatigue, and the common cold.
Traditionally a glass bulb is first lit with a flame to create a vacuum. The heated bulb is then placed on the body creating suction. Modern day equipment utilizes bulbs attached to plastic cups to create a vacuum without the uses of a flame.