Acupuncture has been used in China for at least 2,500 years and is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It is the insertion of hair-thin needles into the body at specific locations. The insertion of these needles triggers the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, and nudges you toward restored balance and vitality. Acupuncture is safe, effective, and has no side effects or drug interactions. Your acupuncture treatment plan is as unique as you and your needs. Acupuncture is not a “one size fits all” kind of medicine; and you will feel the difference.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Like acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine is an important component of traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese herbal medicine comes in many different forms such as teas, powders, pills, tinctures, or syrups. There are hundreds of commonly used herbs and herbal formulas; mostly made up of plants, but minerals and some animal parts are used as well. These formulas come in standard combinations or can also be customized and tailored to your individual needs. Herbal formulas are an excellent way to relieve symptoms, improve your health, and strengthen the overall effect of your acupuncture treatments.
Cupping is a therapy used to promote circulation within the superficial muscle layers. It is used for sore muscles, tension, common colds, and cough or asthma. The cup (a round glass jar) is placed on a specific area of the body. A vacuum is created with the cup using heat, and it suctions to the body when place on the skin. After a treatment using cupping, you may look as if you were just hugged by an octopus. The cups may leave marks on the skin with varying degrees of redness that dissipate over time. Don’t let the redness fool you though, the feeling of cupping is every bit as good as a massage!
Moxabustion (moxa) is a form of heat therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine. Moxa is a processed herb called mugwort that is burned in order to warm areas of the body or specific acupuncture points. Moxa promotes qi (energy) and blood circulation in the body; so it can be beneficial to sore muscles or injured areas. Other uses include immune enhancement, cold and allergy prevention, and warming the body. Be sure to schedule a “moxa tune-up” in the summer months to prevent colds and flu in the fall and winter!
Gua sha is another therapy used to promote circulation in specific areas of the body. It also works within the superficial muscle layers for releasing tension, tightness, and constriction. The technique involves using a smooth-edged instrument to scrape or rub a tight area of muscle. This motion massages the muscle and helps to unbind it and promote relaxation of the muscle. This technique may leave some redness that dissipates over time.
Tuina is the name for Chinese massage. It literally translates to pushing-grasping. This therapeutic massage is especially good for treating musculo-skeletal issues and injuries that generally involve body pain. Tuina focuses on pain relief for muscles, bones, and joints. At Vitality Acupuncture tuina is commonly used in acupuncture treatments involving deeper needling techniques or trigger point therapy.
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