Accupuncture is the insertion of sterile, fine, painless needles that are placed in specific acupoints to unblock the meridians and create balance in the body, therefore resolving disease.
Acupuncture is a holistic and individualistic modality, looking to understand your body and its patterns. Acupuncture looks to balance the body and bring about homeostasis. This is done by the use of acupuncture needles placed in acupuncture points. Acupoints are found all over the body usually at the junctions of muscles, tendons and bones. They are usually sensitive on pressure, especially when the points reflect illness or dis-ease.
Acupuncture is an energetic medicine, that looks at vibration, energy and resonance within the body. It encompasses the external environment and how this influences the body as well as the strong effect of emotions on the physical being.
Acupuncture now is gaining a positive reputation in the scientific community, with modern research now beginning to understand the effect of acupuncture on the body and its influence on the connective tissue, muscle-skeletal system, organ system as well as the nervous system.
Traditional cupping involves using a flame to achieve suction or minus pressure inside the cups which is applied to different areas if the body. The partial vacuum that’s generated mobilizes the flow flow and microcirculation to promote healing. It is typically used in cases of muscle tightness and pain. Cupping therapy initiates the healing and cleaning process, clearing the old stagnant blood back into circulation, and bringing new oxygen and nutrients back to muscles and tissue
Different kinds of cupping include, stationary cupping, flash cupping, sliding cupping or wet cupping. Cups can also be made from different materials such as glass, silicon or plastic.
In response to cupping therapy the skin produces increased blood flow or “Sha” which is different from a bruise and is used as a diagnostic tool. These bruise like areas are an important part of the therapy, and can be understood as areas of stagnation and poor circulation. The darker the marks, the worse the circulation is and the local tissues and muscles are therefore lacking oxygenated blood and nutrients.
Cellulite cupping is now being offered! Mobilise lymph, fluids and fat, while detoxing your body! Beware this therapy can be a little painful!
Moxa, mugwort or Ai ye is an amazing herb that has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal purposes. It can be used in herbal medicine, as a tea or it can be burnt. Many of you probably have never seen or heard about moxa, but it most commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are many different forms of moxa starting from the unprocessed leaves to the gold cottony moxa punk to smokeless moxa. You may have seen you acupuncturist use it in a big rolled up cigar stick or even in its loose form which is more like soft yellow cotton. It can also come in a smokeless form, which is usually black for people who are sensitive to strong smells or in unventilated space. It is also commonly prescribed to turn a breach baby, with a practitioner usually sending a mum-to-be home with a moxa stick to practice at home.
The mechanism of moxibustion is the combined effects of the burned herb and the special role of the acupoints. The thermal and radiation effects of moxa penetrate through and into the acupoints, which functions in dredging the meridians, harmonizing the Qi and blood and regulating the organs. The mild heat of moxibustion penetrates deeply into the muscles relieving pain and tension and perhaps through its effect on the blood circulation, is an effective means of dispersing and eliminating toxins from the system. It is able to recover expired yang, expels cold and eliminate dampness. It is said that when it is burnt, it penetrates the various channels to eliminate hundreds of diseases.
If your interested in experiencing moxa first hand, ask about it at your next appointment!