Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most long-standing medical treatment in the world. It is the gentle insertion of needles into the body. Acupuncture has three effects: relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and restores homeostasis which refers to the body's ability to regulate its environment and maintain internal balance. All diseases involves a disturbance of homeostasis, and nearly all diseases involves some degree of pain and inflammation. The mechanisms of acupuncture can be quite complex. However, acupuncture is ultimately a simple technique that depends entirely upon one thing: the stimulation of the peripheral nervous systems.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of medicine in which the practitioner places glass cups on the skin to create suction. Through suction, the skin is drawn into the cup by creating a vacuum either by fire or via a mechanical pump. This causes the skin to become reddened as the blood vessels expand. The practitioner will then move the cups along the body for a deep-tissue massage effect. The benefits of cupping may include reliving pain, reducing inflammation, improving blood circulation and releasing toxins. Although this therapy is mainly correlated with Chinese Medicine, cupping dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. At our office, this therapy can be an individual treatment modality lasting 30 minutes or as an add-on treatment following acupuncture lasting 15 minutes.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. The purpose of moxibustion is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.