Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique for unblocking chi (ch’i or qi) by inserting needles at particular points on the body to balance the opposing forces of yin and yang. Chi is an energy that allegedly permeates all things. It is believed to flow through the body along 14 main pathways called meridians. When yin and yang are in harmony, chi flows freely within the body and a person is healthy. When a person is sick, diseased, or injured, there is an obstruction of chi along one of the meridians.
Auricular Acupuncture & Scalp Acupuncture
Also called ear acupuncture, a variation of traditional acupuncture. It is a method of diagnosis and treatment based on the unsubstantiated belief that the ear is the map of the bodily organs. A problem with an organ such as the liver is to be treated by sticking a needle into a certain point on the ear that is supposed to be the corresponding point for that organ. Another variation of this method is Staplepuncture with which acupuncturist puts staples at key points on the ear hoping to do such things as help people stop smoking, losing weight.
Five Element Acupuncture
Five Element theory is one of the major systems of thought within traditional Chinese medicine. Also referred to as the “five phase” theory by some practitioners, Five Element theory has been used for more than 2,000 years as a method of diagnosis and treatment. While it is an important component of traditional Chinese medicine, today Five Element theory is not used by every acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental medicine; rather, it is employed to a certain degree, depending on the practitioner’s training and education, and the style of acupuncture that she or he practices. Therefore, the 5 Element acupuncture is a style of acupuncture that works at the levels of both body, mind, heart and spirit!
Trigger Point Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a broad category of needling practices with solid filiform needles. Modern acupuncture notably includes both traditional and Western medical acupuncture; Trigger Point acupuncture is one subcategory of traditional medical acupuncture.Trigger Point acupuncture is the use of solid filiform needles for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome. Chinese style tendinomuscular acupuncture relies on careful palpation of what are called “Ah Shi” points, which often correspond to both trigger points and/or motor points in the myofascial tissue. Chinese style tendinomuscular acupuncture tends to use the lower gauge needles necessary for puncturing contraction knots with a high degree of precision. On the other hand, lighter styles of acupuncture, such as Japanese style, and many American styles, may tend towards very shallow insertions of higher gauge needles. Most acupuncture styles, especially those with lighter techniques, require a detailed knowledge, not only of western anatomy, but also of the channel networks and connections.
Mainly we provide three kinds of Chinese Massages. Chinese Tuina(TuiNa Massage), Acupressure(Dian Xue Massage) and Gua-sha Massage.
Tui Na Massage: Tui na massage takes its name from two Chinese words that mean “lift and press.” It requires the controlled use of very deep but constantly moving pressure, repeated hundreds of times. The practitioner pushes hard with the ball of the thumb, then rubs lightly around the area being treated. A therapist using this form of massage might spend as much time on one of the patient’s joints or limbs as a Western therapist would spend massaging the entire body. Tui na is used to treat a wide variety of conditions that would require a team of physiotherapists, chiropractors, and physicians specializing in sports medicine to treat in the West. One Chinese medical book lists over 140 conditions that can be treated with Tui na, including disorders of the internal organs as well as sprains, pulled muscles, arthritis, and sciatica, a pain in the lower back and back of the thighs.
Dian Xue Massage (Acupressure): Dian xue, or “point press,” is familiar to many Westerners as acupressure. It uses the same acupoints on the body as acupuncture, but relies on pressure from the fingers rather than needles. Dian xue can be used by massage therapists to stimulate two different acupoints, one with each hand, while the area of the body between the points is stretched or twisted to maximize the flow of qi. Dian xue can be given in the home, and is sometimes used by acupuncturists when needles cannot be used.
Gua Sha Massage: Gua sha is traditionally an acupuncture technique, and another form of therapy that allow the regulation of human energy. It involves applying ointment to the skin, followed by rubbing the skin with an implement to release adhesions and scar tissue in muscle and fascia (the saran wrap-like covering holding your muscles together under your skin). The desired effect is to create a temporary petichia,may last 1-5 days, to rise to the surface of the skin where the procedure is being performed. It can be used for everything from tight neck or low back muscles to headaches, nerve entrapments like carpal tunnel, and chronic pain or tightness post-injury or post-surgery due to scarring.
Benefits of Chinese Massage: Chinese massage is not intended to be an experience of pampering or relaxation. It is a form of deep tissue therapy that conveys the following benefits:
–speeding the healing of injuries and clearing bruises
–stimulating blood circulation and regulating the nervous system
–removing scar tissue
–easing emotional distress
–curing some conditions affecting the internal organs
–increasing flexibility in the joints and improving posture
–relieving chronic pain
–maintaining wellness and functioning as a form of preventive care
–improving athletic performance
–strengthening the body’s resistance to disease
–other benefits include the fact that some forms of Chinese massage do not require extensive
training and can be used at home.
Have you noticed the circular marks on the backs and shoulders of Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and many other athletes members of the men’s gymnastics team? If you did, your question might be what are those circular bruises on them? What’s for?
Good question! Those circles are the end product of a healing technique called cupping.
Cupping is a form of the traditional Chinese medicine that have used for thousand years.
The Benefits of Cupping
The benefits of cupping are many. On a general, systemic level, cupping improves the circulation of blood and lymph. It also regulates and improves the functioning of the autonomic nervous system. Locally, the most obvious benefit of cupping is a relief of pain and relaxation and increasing suppleness of the stiff tendons and muscles. Cupping increases the cleansing flow of lymph, while removing congested blood from the muscles. If cupping is applied to the joints, the blood flow to the joint is increased and there’s an increased secretion of synovial fluid into the joint cavity.
Cupping has numerous other benefits — it can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph, and Qi to the affected area and throughout the body. It often works wonders for patients with the flu, colds, coughs, back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, red itchy skin conditions (though cups are not applied to inflamed areas), allergies, fevers, aches and myriad other pains.
Cupping’s effect on the digestive organs is to increase their digestive secretions and enhance their peristaltic movement. So it can awaken the appetite, strengthen the stomach and digestion, improve the bile flow and metabolism, relieve constipation and promote regularity of the bowels. Cupping also has a dramatic detoxifying effect on the skin and circulatory system. By increasing the flow of blood and plasma through the veins and arteries, cupping enhances the cleansing and removal of toxins. This detoxification may not be observable after just one treatment, but after about three to five treatments, there will be a noticeable improvement in the color of one’s complexion.
The applications for the cupping
As you impressed, Athletes usually use cupping as a secret weapon. They are always looking for methods to naturally improve health and performance; Tennis ace Andy Murray said he used cupping in conjunction with other treatments to relieve stiffness and to help address a back injury.
Mets baseball players have also adopted the treatment. In couple years ago The Wall Street Journal reported on the multitude of Mets players using cupping. The trend started for them after their teammate Daisuke Matsuzaka appeared in the locker room with cupping marks. The 33-year-old started cupping about two years ago and was quoted in WSJ saying, “As an athlete, I want to play as long as possible, in order to do that, I need to find ways to protect my body. I’m always looking for something that might be better.” Right now, more athletes have turned to cupping.
But cupping is not just for movie stars and athletes … cupping is highly beneficial for everyone.
Cupping provides relief for many other health conditions if you seek relief from stress, pain, allergies, fatigue, flu, colds, back pain, anxiety, muscle aches, red itchy skin conditions or fever.
Even Cupping therapy was recommended by Hippocrates, the man whom many consider to be the “Father of Modern Medicine,” in his guide to clinical treatment. It should be noted that cupping is not be used on patients who bleed easily and/or cannot stop bleeding, have skin ulcers, or edema. It is unwise to cup over large blood vessels as well. Pregnant women should be cupped with extreme caution and never on their abdomen or lower back.
Will this year be the year that you try cupping?
Methods of Cupping
Cupping, is the application of vacuum cups to the skin to draw out stagnant, congested blood and stale qi (vital force) as well as other stagnant or morbid humors.
There are a number of methods of cupping — the two most common here in the U.S. are “fixed cupping” and “moving cupping.” Whatever practiced is via Fire Twinkling or rubber pump suctioning method. They are all belonging to the dry cupping.
Fixed Cupping: The cups are placed on a selected area of your body on which targeted acupuncture points included and then left in place without being moved.
Moving Cupping: As the name implies, in this method your practitioner applies massage oil or cream on your skin in selected places, puts the cups over the areas to be treated and then slides them around that region of the body — most commonly the back, the large part of Du meridian will be worded on. The cups slide easily because the cream has lubricated your body.
Both techniques are used depending on your conditions. The treatment is not painful. The bruises will last for 1-2 weeks. There are some contraindications though. Be sure to consult a doctor before your treatment if you are unsure.
Today, advanced implements are being used to administer cupping. Plastic cups with suction tubes are the commonly used implements. Air was pumped out from the cups using the suction tubes thus providing modern practitioners more convenience.
Chinese cupping along with Tui-Na massage, acupuncture and moxibustion forms part of the traditional bodywork or physiotherapy system of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is applied to the acupuncture points to relieve the stagnation of Qi and blood, both locally and in the organs activated by the point and for the treatment of common colds, back pains, knotted nerves ,muscles, arthralgia and many other conditions.