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Acupuncture originated in China more than 5,000 years ago. It is an ancient medical
treatment of inserting fine sterilized needles into the body to regulate the body's
“universal life energy" or "Chi”. The ancient Chinese believed that the Chi presents in
every living creature and circulates throughout the body along the specific pathways
that are called meridians. As long as this Chi flows freely , health is maintained; but
once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur.
The research shows that inserting needles at these acupuncture points stimulates
sensory receptors. This in turn stimulates nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary
system in the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters
and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. Endorphins play a significant role in the
hormonal system, which is why acupuncture is effective in treating pain and infertility. The substances
released as a result of acupuncture relax the body, and also regulate serotonin in the brain, which
affects emotional states. Other physiological effects include increased circulation, decreased
inflammation, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count, which supports the immune system.
Chinese herbal medicine, along with acupuncture and Body work, is one of the
components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Traditionally Chinese herbal
medicine uses nature substances derived from plants, tree branches, leaves, flowers,
seeds, vegetables or minerals. These herbal preparations come in the form of
medicinal teas, powders, pills, and seasonal tonics. Some Chinese herbs, such as
ginseng or ginger, could be quite common, but most of the substances might be
unfamiliar to you, such as chai hu (bupleurum), di huang (rehmannia). In fact, many
Western pharmaceutical drugs are originally derived from herbs that Chinese doctors have been using
for thousands of years. For example, Aspirin is from the bark of the Chinese Willow tree; Digoxin, used to
treat heart disease, is from Foxglove Root (di huang)
After evaluating and diagnosing a patient’s condition, a TCM doctor strategically writes an herbal
formula exclusively designed to treat specific health problems in the body. Chinese herbal medicine
aims primarily at restoring and maintaining balance and harmony within the body. Chinese Herbs can
be used to treat a wide range of conditions such as internal disorders, GYN problems, Asthma, skin
diseases and etc.
Asian Body work (ABT), also called Tuina , is one of the major parts of TCM. It uses the
traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic
therapeutic orientation. Through the application of acupressure, massage,
manipulation and chiropractic techniques on the acupuncture points of the body,
ABT seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system and allow the
body to heal itself naturally.
ABT can treat a variety of diseases and is especially effective for pain and stress/fatigue/anxiety relief.
In some cases, ABT is an alternative method that could replace the acupuncture. If fact, incorporation
of both therapies can achieve the best clinical results for many conditions.
Cupping treatment involves the placement of a jar that is applied to the skin resulting
in a gentle suction action. It contributes to improved circulation and stress relief.
Cupping therapy follows the meridian points, in much the same way as acupuncture
and acupressure. It is applied on different areas of the body to treat varying conditions
such as pain, cough, and the common cold. Cupping therapy is also used in treating
children's asthma and diarrhea. It will leave some red marks from the suction, but these
disappear within a few days.
Moxibustion is another ancient therapy in TCM. Moxa, the dried leaves of the
mugwort herb (artemesia vulgaris), is placed in small balls on the end of acupuncture
needles or it can be made into small cones and burnt on herbal cake or ginger over
the skin. It provides gentle heat and increases the toning effective of the treatment.
Moxibustion has the function of warming and clearing the meridians and tonifying the
body's energy. It strengthens the patient's immune and circulatory system. It is highly
effective to build up a patient's energy reserves and improve sexual function. It is
particularly effective in the treatment of arthritis, asthma, fatigue and sexual function.