Acupuncture is a technique in which very thin needles of variant lengths are inserted through the skin into acupoints which are located in our body along the energy’s pathways called meridians to produce the healing effect. To stimulate those points Chinese medicine believes that they can generate the power and the effect to treat a variety of conditions, illness and disease. According to traditional Chinese medicine there are twelve major meridians in the human body, which are thought to be channels for the flow of vital energy or life force called qi (also spelled chi or ki, and pronounced “chee” or “kee”) that exists in all living things. Meridians also represent an internal system of communication between specific organs or networks of organs. When the acupuncture needles are inserted into those acupoints, they produce various effects on the organs or tissues depending on the manipulation of the needles. The energy is either drawn to an organ or tissue, or drained from an organ or tissue. Basing on traditional Chinese medicine theory, illness may occur when the energy flow along one or more meridians is blocked or out of balance or not moving in the proper pathway. The goal of acupuncture is to restore and balance the energy flow. Normally, the energy can be balanced itself naturally which called self healing capacity. Acupuncture will promote this balance and keep our self healing capacity in a high function position.
Acupuncture is a well-established medical procedure that is safe and effective when practiced by a trained professional. Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s ownrestorative and recuperative powers so that good health can be restored. Many people are surprised that acupuncture is employed successfully in both acute and chronic conditions, ranging from such mild problems as headaches to serious medical problems such as high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis. degenerative diseases etc. Acupuncture restores balance and supports the body’s source of Qi and blood so that disease may be prevented.
Modern acupuncture needles are made of very thin sterile stainless steel and are disposable. In 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of acupuncture needles by licensed practitioners. and the acupuncture needles are defined as medical device. By law, needles must be labeled for one-time use only to prevent infection such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis and the transmission of germs.
A type of acupuncture treatment in which the needles are punctured into the acupoints located on the ear or some tiny magnetic balls taped on the ear and leave them on the ear for few days to treat disease. It is based on the theory that the ear is a miniature representation of the whole body and there is a relationship between the ear and the rest of the body.
It is highly effective when I use this technique to help people quit smoking and alcohol. I also recommend this type of treatment for little children who can not take long session needle treatment
Electro-acupuncture is considered an enhanced version of traditional acupuncture. Electro-acupuncture uses tiny electrical charges from acupunctoscope which means the acupuncture needles are connected with an electrical equipment to manipulate the needles and to produce the healing effect. It is considered very efficient for pain relief and nausea. People with cardiac pacemakers, infusion pumps, or other electrical devices should avoid electroacupuncture.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is the world oldest, continually practiced medicine. It is very successfully used in treating the full range of human illness or diseases for thousand of years. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture have a coordinated action in the healing process.
Acupuncture is very effective for opening the energy’s pathway, stimulating the internal organs or tissues to promote the self healing process, but acupuncture treatment itself can not supply the substances which Chinese herbs can to our body for the detoxification, remove toxicities, supply the nutrient and boost our immunity.
For most illness or disease, once acupuncture and Chinese herbs be used together, the healing process will be quicker.
Herbal formulas are carefully prepared from plants, tree branches, leaves, flowers, seeds or vegetables. These herbal preparations come in the form of herb teas, powders, pills, tincture and seasonal tonics.
Most of the herbs are non-toxic naturally. Few herbs are toxic without proper preparation. By a thousand years of practice, Chinese doctors have found many ways to deduct the toxicity. For example, precooking Fu Zi (Radix Aconiti praeparata – This raw herb has been already specially prepared to reduce its toxicity so that it is suitable for internal administration before it is distributed to Chinese doctor’s pharmacy) for 60 minutes can completely eliminate the toxic effect. Toxicity and dosage are correlated. Anything overdosed is toxic to humans. On the other hand, an herb may be toxic individually, but not toxic if treated with other herbs. That’s why most Chinese doctors prefer giving compound formulas than giving a single herb.
There are many skills and secrets in a good formula (herb’s choice, herb’s dosage, and herb’s prescription). A good formula will treat illness or disease and have no side effect. In this way, people can take it for a long time for completely healing.
A patient must visit the Acupuncturist who has the full training for the Chinese herbal medicine to get the herbs. Patient can not assume the same herb remedy which work for others will work properly for him since every individual is different from the others, the acupuncturist will make differential diagnose according to each patient’s condition and to prescribe the herbs.
In addition to the use of needles, the acupuncturist may apply moxibustion therapy to treat diseases. Moxibustion therapy is done by burning an herb called moxa(mugwort, or Artemisia vulgaris) to heat the needle or acupoint or certain places to treat diseases. The functions of moxibustion therapy are:
- To warm, open, and clear the channels and collateral.
- To dispel the cold and eliminate the dampness.
- To regulate the circulation of the Qi and promote blood circulation.
- To activate blood flows and subdue swelling, to remove obstruction or mass and relieve pain.
- To recuperate depleted Yang and rescue the patient from collapse and shock.
- To hasten the body’s self-healing, strengthens the immunity and prevent disease.
Moxibustion is particularly effective in the treatment of arthritis, chronic pain, asthma, and fatigue. It is highly effective to increase a person’s energy level and improve sexual function.
Cupping treatment involves the placement of a jar that is applied to the skin resulting in a gentle suction action. It contributes to improve circulation, stimulate the meridians, remove toxin and release stress.
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, stomach ache. 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.
Only recommend for children under 8 years old or someone who is very sensitive for needle therapy.
In acupressure, a popular variation of acupuncture, therapists press on acupoints with their fingers instead of using needles. This technique is used by itself or as part of an entire system of manual healing such as Chinese Tui Na, shiatsu, or other Asian bodywork.