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Cupping therapy has been part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years. Today, we use glass cups in a variety of different sizes, unlike the ceramic or bamboo that was used years ago.
Cupping is like a deep tissue massage. The practitioner applies heat in a cup and then applies that cup to the body. The heat creates a vacuum effect and draws the skin up into the cup. The result is a movement of fresh blood and oxygen to the surrounding area, release of toxins, increased drainage of toxins through the lymphatic system, relaxation of tight muscles, and reduced inflammation.
Cupping does leave noticeable marks similar to a bruise or hickey that are sometimes referred to as “cup kisses”. The cup marks can look alarming, however, they are not painful and will resolve over time within 3-7 days.
Cupping is most often used for aches and pains of various types including low back and sciatica, neck and shoulder tension, and fibromyalgia. It also helps open up the chest and benefits the lungs to treat respiratory problems such as cough from common cold, bronchitis and even asthma. It can also benefit digestive problems including stomach aches, vomiting, and diarrhea and or constipation. If you live in the Central Orlando area and suffer from of the health concerns mentioned, call today to see how cupping can help you.
Moxibustion evolved thousands of years ago in early northern China. It is part of traditional Chinese medical practices and came about at the same time as acupuncture.
Moxibustion involves the burning of moxa over specific acupuncture points or large areas of the body, moxa is an herbal wool made from the leaves of the Mugwort plant. The moxa is often formed into small cones and placed on the tip of a needle or rolled into a cigar-like shaped stick and is moved over the skin. The heat produced by moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body to restore balance, promote circulation, and reduce pain. This form of treatment, usually combined with acupuncture, is indicated for improving general health and treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, digestive disorders, pain, infertility, and many other ailments.
Often times the practitioner will send the patient home with a moxa stick so that it can be applied regularly between treatments. The burning of moxa can produce a potent smoke, so for those who have asthma or respiratory problems, smokeless moxa is recommended.
is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbal Therapy.
Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese taoist and martial art principles to bring the body to balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press and rub the areas between each of the joints (known as the eight gates) to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians as well as the muscles. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points. Tui na is said to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.
In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified as either “external” or “internal” treatment. Tui na was one of the external methods, thought to be especially suitable for use on the elderly and on infants. Today it is used in more areas of therapy not only for infants and the elderly but for orthopedics, traumatic injury, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, etc.
Herbal medicine has been used worldwide for thousands of years. It has been used by all cultures in the East and the West, and was the dominant form of medicine on the planet until the last century. Most of today’s prescription medications are made by taking the effective component of a plant and isolating it. It is true that Western prescription medications can treat some diseases faster than traditional herbal methods. However, these synthetic medications are so concentrated and powerful that the side effects tend to be worse than the benefits. Due to the use of prescription drugs thousands of deaths are occurring annually.
Due to the fact that herbs are typically prescribed in combination, particularly Chinese herbs, the different ingredients of a formula balance each other, and they undergo a mutual synergy which increases their efficacy and enhances safety. This approach seeks primarily to correct internal imbalances rather than to treat symptoms alone, and is designed to assist the body’s own self-healing process. Herbal treatments are a very cost effective treatment option, especially for those who want to avoid or stop taking prescription drugs. Herbal medicinals can be administered in the form of decoctions, pills, powders, or tinctures. They can also be used as external applications in the form of compresses, lotions, liniments, and plasters.
Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. With traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body however, they are not constantly stimulated throughout the duration of the treatment With electrical stimulation the needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are 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. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated at the same time and for no more than 30 minutes.
According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, disease is caused when chi/energy does not flow properly in the body. Acupuncturists determine whether chi/energy is deficient, stagnant or simply out of balance, which indicates the points to be stimulated. Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions in which there is an blood stagnation, such as in chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the blocked meridian is difficult to stimulate.
Nutrition is an important aspect of healing the body naturally in conjunction with Traditional Chinese Medicine system. It is thought with proper nutrition one can help heal the body and aid in disease prevention. Many diseases and symptoms can be treated with dietary changes however, it can take a long time and requires the total compliance and dedication from the patient. Today, our culture has a poor concept of what makes up a good diet. Fast paced lifestyle often gives rise to poor choices regarding our diet. As a result, we see deterioration in the quality of people’s lives in the form of obesity, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, not only in adults but with our children.
Traditional Chinese Medicine incorporates nutrition different from that of our Western nutrition. It determines the energetic and therapeutic properties of food, season, geographical location, and the patient’s chief complaint. This allows the practitioner to customize a nutritional plan for each patient’s needs.
Auricular acupuncture involves the stimulation of the acupoints located on the ear with tiny seeds or needles. The seeds are no larger than the tip of an unsharpened pencil,they do not pierce the skin, and are painless when applied to the ear. The patient will keep he seeds on the ear for 7-10 days and re-stimulate the points by massaging the ear several times each day. It is ok to shower with the seeds on the ear, they will not fall off as long as the patient towels dry around the seed location.
There are over 200 acupoints on each ear that represent the anatomical parts and functions of the human body. These points are arranged on the ear correspond to the image of an inverted fetus. By observing points of tenderness, coloration changes, protrusions or depressions, a trained practitioner can not only treat a wide range of diseases using only the ear, but can diagnose them as well. When we stimulate these points we access the central nervous system through the cranial nerves on the auricle of the ear. This sends a direct message to the brain that results in a healing response.
This therapy is most often used for addiction, smoking cessation, and weight loss.
Acupressure is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine which involves the stimulation of acupuncture points with finger pressure using the power and sensitivity of human touch, instead of inserting needles. This form of healing is non-invasive and gentle. The indications include the wide array of conditions that Chinese medicine has proven to treat effectively. Because acupressure stimulates the body’s natural self-healing abilities, it can also work as great preventative therapy. Generally, the effects of acupressure are not as intense as acupuncture, and therefore more treatments are needed for optimum results.
Acupressure is ideal for children. It is gentle, safe, and effective for many conditions, including relief and prevention of colds and flu. Parents can also be taught self-help techniques to use on their child at home.
Acupressure is also suitable for the elderly suffering from conditions including arthritis, mobility problems, constipation, and poor circulation.
Certain acupressure points must be avoided during pregnancy. It is important to tell your practitioner if you are or may be pregnant.
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