Acupuncture is a very significant branch of Chinese Medicine, and it has been used in China for thousands of years.
Acupuncture consists on the application of very thin - disposable needles through the skin of certain places of the body called acupoints. Acupoints are small areas that carry specific functions and are situated at energy pathways called meridians. Meridians have the function of nourishing and connecting our internal organs, our different body systems and other meridians with each other, acting as an organic and wholistic energy-web.
Disease occurs due to the imbalance of Yin-Yang in our organs-viscera and/or due to the disturbance of the flow of blood, nutrition and Qi (a form of vital energy pronounced “chee”) in the meridians. Acupoints are stimulated with the insertion of needles where a specific manipulation will be performed according to the case, in order to rebalance the flow of Qi and blood at the affected meridian and/or in order to rebalance internal organs-viscera as well.
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Electro – Acupuncture
Similarly to acupuncture, acupoints of specific meridians are selected and stimulated by the insertion of very thin needles, then connected by small clips to a device that generates tiny electric pulses. These pulses will travel through the acupoints to the meridians. The device is used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated.
Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time, so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other and is considered very useful for conditions in which there is an accumulation of qi, such as in chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the qi is difficult to stimulate.
Moxibustion (moxa) is an ancient form of therapy that uses dried burning leaves of the herb 艾叶(ai ye)Artemisia Argyi or Artemisia Vulgaris, commonly known as mugwort, to generate heat and provide therapeutic effects. This herb is usually prepared in a shape of a cigar to facilitate its application.
The functions of the mugwort herb are: to stimulate the circulation of Qi and Blood in the selected acupoint, area or meridian, to expel cold, transform dampness, stop pain and strengthen the immune system.
Cupping is a form of therapy widely used in Asia for thousands of years and a very common practice all over Egypt, Europe and other countries for hundreds of years. The original cupping was performed in ancient times using animals’ horns and bamboo, evolving to ceramic, glass, plastic (with pump valves) and silicone cups.
Nowadays, glass, plastic and silicone are the most common cups used in clinic. The glass cup is internally warmed by a flame, consuming the air inside of the cup, generating vacuum and producing a suction effect when applied on the skin, popularly known as fire cupping.
The plastic cup has a valve that is connected to a pump, to withdraw the air from inside, producing then the desired vacuum. The silicone cup is quite flexible, allowing the practitioner to “squeeze” the air out of it producing the same effect.
The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup using gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation.
Gua Sha is an important hands-on medical treatment that has been used throughout Asia for centuries. Gua means to rub or press stroke. Sha is a term that describes the blood congestion in surface tissue in areas where the patient may experience stiffness and pain; Sha is also the term for the little red dots that are raised from applying Gua Sha.
When Gua press stroking is applied in repeated even strokes, Sha appears as small red dots called petechiae and the pain immediately shifts. In minutes the small red dots fade into blended reddishness. The Sha disappears totally in two or three days after treatment. The color of Sha and rate of fading can indicate important information about a patient’s condition. Pain relief lasts even after the Sha is completely gone.
The benefits of Gua Sha are numerous. It resolves spasms and pain, and promotes normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs, as seen in Gua Sha’s immediate effect on coughing and wheezing. Research has shown that Gua Sha causes a four-fold increase in microcirculation of surface tissue and can reduce inflammation and stimulate the immune system. Gua Sha upregulates heme-oxygenase- 1(HO-1), that acts to reduce internal organ inflammation, for example, in cases of asthma, hepatitis and liver disease.
TDP Heat Lamp Therapy
TDP Lamp (Te Ding Dian Ci Bo Pu) translated as Special Electromagnetic Spectrum Lamp, is used in this form of heat therapy because of its unique characteristic of producing Far Infrared energy. Conventional infrared lamps produce what is called Near Infrared.
Near Infrared lamps produce visible light that has a wavelength of 1 to 5 microns and are used as a simple source of heat. On the other hand, TDP lamps generate Far Infrared energy with wavelengths from 1 to 50 microns. This is accomplished by heating a proprietary ceramic disc coated with 33 different minerals that, when heated, emit the Far spectrum of infrared energy that is most easily absorbed by the human body. This therapeutic heat penetrates through deep layers of tissue, providing very effective recuperative and analgesic results.