Acupuncture is a collection of procedures involving penetration of the skin with tiny, hair-thin disposable needles to stimulate certain points in the body to trigger the body's natural healing response. It is a traditional Chinese medical technique which has been practised in China for more than 4000 years. The operating philosophy of traditional acupuncture is that disease is caused by interrupted energy (Qi) flow at specific points on the body's surface. Acupuncture thus involves the insertion of a needle(s) at the affected point(s) in order to stimulate Qi flow,harmonize energy flow and correct imbalances in the flow of Qi in the body .Qi is somewhat equivalent to the western idea of vitality or life-force which is believed to flow through the body along 14 main pathways called meridians.When disease or dysfunction occurs, acupuncturists know which points to manipulate to restore the natural flow of energy(Qi) and to restore balance to the body's systems. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.
One of the most striking aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use as long as it is performed by experienced acupuncturists. Most patients feel that acupuncture treatment is very relaxing and causes minimal discomfort. In our clinic only sterile one-time-use disposable needles are to be used, preventing any risk of infection. In particular, there is no risk of transmission of AIDS or hepatitis viruses when sterile disposable needles are used.
Most patients with acupuncture treatment feel only minimal discomfort as the tiny, hair-thin needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there should be no significant discomfort.
The number of treatments varies with each individual and the conditions being treated. For acute problems, only a few treatments may be required. In some cases, one treatment is sufficient.
For chronic complicated conditions, a “course” of 10-12 treatments is suggested consisting of one or two treatments a week for several weeks. As improvement occurs, less frequent treatment may be recommended. Treatment sessions usually last about 60 minutes. Relief may be immediate or occur within a few hours, or after a few days.
Neurological & muscular: Back pain, sciatica, neck stiffness/pain, TMJ, frozen shoulder,Carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, tendonitis, sprains, neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, Parkinson’s, fibromyaligia, Complications of Stroke(i.e. paralysis, speech problems, swallowing difficulties, cognitive impairment, numbness, pain and mood changes).
Respiratory: Common colds and flu, bronchitis, asthma, allergy/seasonal allergy .
Internal & gastrointestinal: Complications from Diabetes (i.e. poor circulation, numbness), irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids .
Genitourinary,menstrual&reproductive: PMS,painful periods,irregular cycle,infertility,menopause,nocturnal enuresis/bedwetting,cystitis, incontinence
Mental & emotional: Anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, addiction etc.
Eyes, ears, nose & throat: Headache/Migraine, Dizziness/vertigo, ear aches,ear ringing/Tinnitus, sinus,rhinitis,hay fever, sore throat, toothache
Side-effects of Chemo-Radio-Therapy for Cancers Fatigue/ low energy, weight control, facial rejuvenation
TuiNa Massage is one of the four main branches of traditional Chinese medicine; its sister therapies are herbal medicine, acupuncture/cupping and Qigong. TuiNa is relatively new to the West but its roots in China are ancient. Archaeological studies have dated TuiNa massage back to around 2700 BC, making it the forefather of all forms of massage and body work that exist today from shiatsu to osteopathy. Throughout its history, TuiNa massage has been developed, refined and systematized by doctors in the universities and hospitals of traditional Chinese medicine all over China. TuiNa is a very popular form of treatment with the people in China and it is not at all unusual to see people queuing up in long lines outside the hospitals waiting for the TuiNa department to open. It is also the first choice of treatment for infants and children.
Pediatric TuiNa Massage or infant TuiNa massage is a massage branched out from Traditional Chinese Medicine over a thousand years ago. It has been extensively practised in China for at least 700 years and experience has revealed unique ways and means of affecting the energy flow in the bodies of young children.
Just as a baby and toddler’s nervous system and circulatory system are not fully mature, neither is their energetic system/meridian systems. Thus, special techniques have been developed to tap into their immature energetic system thereby simultaneously treating the symptoms of illness and restoring the body to balance. Pediatric TuiNa massage uses a whole system of points and pathways that often do not correspond with any of the adult ones. TuiNa massage for babies is powerful medicine and when performed correctly, its effects are profound.
It is during the first 5-6 years of a child's life that the most important physical, neurological and behavioural developments take place. This is the time when disturbances to the flow and diffusion of vital Qi and its balance between the organs can have the most seriously harmful and lasting effects. These include retarded brain development, weakened immune response and slow development of the musculo-skeletal system.
Pediatric TuiNa is found very effective for infants & children between 6 months to 6 years old. Illnesses of all kinds are the result of some disturbance to the normal flow of Qi. Therapists & parents can help restore this flow to treat most of the common health issue in babies & children:
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; It is believed cupping can help to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of Qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps).
In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable substance, which is soaked in alcohol, let, then placed inside the cup. Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates a vacuum. In addition to the traditional form of cupping described above, which is known as “dry” cupping, some practitioners also use what is called “wet” or “air” cupping. In “air” cupping, instead of using a flame to heat the cup, the cup is applied to the skin, and a suction pump is attached to the rounded end of the jar. The pump is then used to create the vacuum. In “wet” cupping, the skin is punctured before treatment. When the cup is applied and the skin is drawn up, a small amount of blood may flow from the puncture site, which are believed to help remove harmful substances and toxins from the body.
Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 10 minutes. Several cups may be placed on a patient’s body at the same time.
While cupping is considered very safe when it is applied by experienced acupuncturists , it may cause small, circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied. These bruises are usually painless, and will disappear within a few days of treatment.
Cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, common cold, pneumonia, asthma and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain. Some practitioners also use cupping to treat depression, high blood pressure and other conditions.
Gua Sha(scraping) s a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. It’s a healing technique used in China in both the clinical setting and in homes, but little known in the West. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called 'sha', that will fade in 2 to 4 days. Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, and promotes normal circulation and metabolic processes. It is also believed Gua Sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing.
The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so on. Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders.
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