Acupuncture is part of a medical system (Traditional Chinese Medicine) that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for over 5 centuries. Acupuncture can remedy acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers, and strengthen the immune system. It is a complete medicine system, able to treat anything that presents. Acupuncture involves using fine needles placed in points along channels of energy in the body. The needles are retained for at least 20 minutes. This process adjusts the energy (qi/chee) in the body and leads to a balance of the bodies recuperative systems. In Traditional Chinese medicine assessment, your practitioner will diagnose, or differentiate, your condition with a thorough examination which will include an interpretation through medical history, pulse, and tongue diagnosis.
There are many ways to stimulate acupuncture points. An effective therapy for moving Qi and blood is using electricity on points. Electro-stimulation is not a painful procedure. For infants and patients who may be uncomfortable with needles, it is a good alternative. The electricity can be placed on a needle via an alligator clip or applied directly to the acupuncture points. Electricity on needles is a common technique and is used for various conditions including pain or facial rejuvenation.
Chinese Massage (Tuina), Acupressure
Tuina is a form of Chinese bodywork. It incorporates acupoint stimulation as well as deep tissue manipulation. It is used therapeutically to adjust the flow of qi (chee) and blood in the tissues. It can be a full body manipulation but generally used on an area of injury or pain. Tuina (tui na) is not especially useful for those seeking a mild, sedating and relaxing massage since it tends to be more therapy focused and vigorous than relaxation massages.
Cupping is a method of stimulating acupuncture points by applying suction through a metal, wood or glass jar, in which a partial vacuum has been created. This technique produces blood flow at the site and therefore stimulates it. Cupping may leave marks called petechiae similar to a "Hickey" or a bruise but are not painful. This usually disappears in about a week. Cupping is very useful in musculoskeletal problems, asthma, and many other conditions. It is always suggested to drink lots of water after cupping to flush out toxins that may have been released during the treatment.
Guasha: Gua (gwa), meaning to scrape or extract and Sha (shaw), meaning sand or toxins.
This is an ancient method of promoting Qi (chee) or bioelectric vital life energy, blood circulation and removal of toxic heat, stagnant blood and lymph fluid from the body.
Gua sha is useful in treating chronic pain, colds, and flu. The method of applying Gua Sha involves the layering of Gua Sha oil on the skin. This oil is enhanced either with healing herbs or essential oils chosen to aid the extraction of toxic waste. The skin is then scraped in the area of discomfort. Gua Sha treatments are not painful. Areas of petechiae may surface, depending on the severity of the stagnation of qi, blood, and toxins. The marks are not painful and should disappear in a week. Drinking a lot of water after Gua sha is also suggested to flush out any toxins that have been released during the treatment. If adequate water is not consumed a patient may feel sluggish, or flu-like.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is also part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is Ancient and been practiced using the same formulas for thousands of years. There is a lot of trial and error in thousands of years. Chinese Herbal Medicine used properly with the guidance of a trained specialist is very safe. Many people guess about which herbs to take or go by what their uncle used for a similar condition. Because not everyone has the same kind problem with a similar presentation of symptoms, it is always suggested to work with a trained professional.
Chinese Herbal formulas involve at least one herb but usually up to 15. The herbs work together and harmonize each other to produce the needed results. The nature of the herb is taken into consideration; hot, warm, cold, cool, neutral, sweet, salty, bitter, acrid, etc. All of the properties have different effects on the body. Each herb effects a certain organ or channel of energy. Herbs can be used to balance formulas. A cooling herb maybe is used to balance a formula that is too hot in nature. As you heal and change your herbal formula will change. Everyone is unique. The Chinese Medicine system is set up to treat patterns, not symptoms. There are 8 different patterns for a headache. One person may get a formula for a headache that is very different than another person with a different pattern presentation. And that formula may change over time. So as your body adjusts your treatment is adjusted. One size (herb) doesn’t fit all.
All systems of acupuncture began with the original Chinese medical text, the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, compiled in 500 B.C. In this text, all six yang meridians were said to be directly connected to the auricle, whereas the six yin meridians were indirectly connected to the ear by their corresponding yang meridian.
The whole body is represented on the ear and all parts of the body can be treated with the ear.
Auricular therapy can include; magnets, needles, or electrical stimulation. It has become very popular for addiction therapy focusing on smoking cessation.
Ceramic Lamp Therapy (TDP)
TDP stands for Teding Diancibo Pu which translates to "special electromagnetic spectrum" lamp. The TDP lamps are similar to far infrared lamps, but they are not the same.
TDP lamps create mineral infrared waves that treat numerous ailments, a few common ones being back pain, shoulder pain, joint pain, and arthritis.
Unlike other conventional far infrared lamps, except for the support stand and the heater, a TDP lamp contains a curing plate. The curing plate, the key component for a TDP lamp, is coated with a proprietary mineral formation consisting of 33 elements essential to the human body. When the curing plate is heated to a certain temperature, it emits unique bio-spectrum electromagnetic waves in 1-25 microns allowing for a maximum absorption into the human body. The absorbed energy promotes microcirculation and metabolism, strengthens the immune system, and achieves short and long-term pain relief. TDP lamps are widely used for pain relief.
Traditional Chinese nutrition is very different from western nutrition in some ways. It takes into consideration the nature of the food (cold, hot, warm, cool, neutral) And each food has different actions (moving draining, boosting etc) Food is medicine just like herbs. It is the best place to start when looking to be healthier. Most foods effect different organ systems. Very rich, fatty or fried foods should always be avoided. Or at the least be eaten with acrid, moving, draining other types of foods.