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Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years, but it has become popular in the west only over the past 50 years.
The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures that stimulate specific anatomical points on the body using multiple techniques. The most frequently used method of acupuncture involves penetrating the skin with thin, metallic needles that are then manipulated by hand or by electrical stimulation.
Traditional Chinese medicine has a long and rich history and acupuncture has been used for more than 5,000 years to treat patients for avariety of ailments. Experts may argue about the exact origins of acupuncture and one story recounts it like this: a Chinese soldier who was wounded in battle suffered from a stiff, “frozen” shoulder. For years the soldier sought medical treatment for the pain and stiffness in his shoulder, but could never find relief. Later on he was in another battle during which an arrow pierced his lower leg. Amazingly the stiffness in his shoulder was relieved by this new injury. Upon learning of the soldier’s relief a doctor tried the same technique on another patient who had long been dealing with a stiff shoulder and it worked. Acupuncture techniques have evolved over the centuries and practitioners now use fine, disposable metal needles and rely on years of training when treating their patients.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture is based on the idea that there are 12 main channels of energy, each pertaining to a different organ system, running through the body in order to keep it functioning. When there are blockages preventing flow of energy in these channels, pain, sickness and organ pathology are the results. By inserting a thin, sterile metal needle, the best conductor of energy on the planet, acupuncture is able to redirect the energy allowing it to flow once again freely through the channels. This creates a balance of energy in the body, and therefore, allows the organ systems to function properly; eliminating pain and promoting health. Acupuncture essentially helps the body heal itself introducing external chemical elements into the body.
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Traditional Chinese medicine brings to mind acupuncture and the use of natural herbs as healing remedies. Cupping is a lesser-known treatment that is also part of Oriental medicine, one that can provide an especially pleasant experience. One of the earliest documentations of cupping can be found in the work titled A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, which was written by a Taoist herbalist by the name of Ge Hong and which dates all the way back to 300 AD.
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. There are several ways that a practitioner can create the suction in the cups. One method involves swabbing rubbing alcohol onto the bottom of the cup, then lighting it and putting the cup immediately against the skin. Suction can also be created by placing an inverted cup over a small flame, or by using an alcohol-soaked cotton pad over an insulating material (like leather) to protect the skin, then lighting the pad and placing an empty cup over the flame to extinguish it. Flames are never used near the skin and are not lit throughout the process of cupping, but rather are a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups.
Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin (often referred to as “gliding cupping). The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes. This is similar to the practice of Tui Na, a traditional Chinese medicine massage technique that targets acupuncture points as well as painful body parts, and is well known to provide relief through pressure.
Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area.
Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians. There are five meridian lines on the back, and these are where the cups are usually placed. Using these points, cupping can help to align and relax qi, as well as target more specific maladies. By targeting the meridian channels, cupping strives to ‘open’ these channels – the paths through which life energy flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing qi (life force). Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials. Even hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be ‘cupped,’ thus applying the healing to specific organs that correlate with these points.
This treatment is also valuable for the lungs, and can clear congestion from a common cold or help to control a person’s asthma. In fact, respiratory conditions are one of the most common maladies that cupping is used to relieve. Three thousand years ago, in the earliest Chinese documentation of cupping, it was recommended for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.
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Traditional Chinese medicine is an ancient practice still used by millions of people all over the world — even after the development of modern scientific medicine.
At the root of traditional Chinese medicine is the belief that the individual (microcosm) is viewed as an integral part of the forces of nature (macrocosm). By careful observation of nature, Taoist sages were able to perceive patterns common to both the external environment and the internal climate of the human body. Over a period of thousands of years, the cumulative observations of sages all over China led to an intricate system of diagnosis and healing.
These traditional Chinese ancient remedies have more than withstood the tests of time — they have passed the tests of modern medicine. The links at the bottom of this page will take you to articles that explain the theories and practice of traditional Chinese medicine. Explore the history of traditional Chinese medicine and learn how these ancient remedies — from acupuncture to green tea — are still practiced today.
Traditional Chinese Massage has been practiced for around two thousand years, it was known as An Mo, ‘An’ meaning Press and ‘Mo’ meaning Rub. An Mo was used as a term for both medical and relaxation massage. In 1949, the Chinese government officially recognised the medical benefits of the massage and endorsed Tui Na. It was officially incorporated into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a medical therapy to be used for problems where acupuncture and herbs were less effective. The term An Mo is still used today as a term for relaxation massage.
What are the benefits of Chinese Massage?
Chinese Massage therapy is a holistic approach to health care that not only provides relief from physical ailments, but also relaxes and revitalizes the body and mind. Chinese massage stimulates the circulatory system and the nervous system. It provides relief from chronic pain and improves the strength and flexibility of the various parts of the body. Regular Chinese massage can assist many degenerative muscular diseases.
Chinese massage stimulates the immune system and increases strength and resilience of the body, to treat injuries, bruises and facilitates the removal of scar tissue. Headaches, migraines, constipation, tennis elbow and sciatica can be effectively treated. Chinese massage can also relax and re-energize the mind and is an excellent way of assisting with day to day stress and anxiety.
Chinese massage is performed using compression, friction, joint manipulation, swing, pinching and grasping, percussion and vibration. These techniques help in removing blockages of QI, improve blood circulation and relieve muscular stiffness in various parts of the body. Therefore these massage techniques are helpful in treating abdominal, back, chest and limb problems. They also help in improving the flexibility of the spine and gastrointestinal functions.
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