What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into the body at precise points predetermined by the acupuncturist. Traditionally, these points are selected according to the TCM pattern diagnosis that the practitioner arrives at. Therefore specific points along the meridians that may be involved will be chosen appropriately so as to bring about a balance within the person. In addition to this, ‘ashi’ points or points on the body where there is pain (an accumulation of qi) may also be selected for acupuncture.
Electro-Acupuncture is a modern addition to acupuncture therapy. A small electrical current is passed through the acupuncture needles to greatly increase the stimulation to the target tissue.
In the case of muscular tightness, electric current is passed through the selected muscle groups to make them contract and relax. In this way, the electro-acupuncture is used to stimulate the pumping out of waste materials such as lactic acid from the muscle fibres. This has the effect of stimulating the targeted muscles and local area. This leads to a greatly enhanced healing process.
Cupping involves the application of glass cups to various areas of the body to draw excessive tension/blood/fluid from a local area. This is a very powerful technique for improving circulation and although it may often leave a superficial bruise, cupping is actually quite pain-free and relaxing.
Moxibustion involves the burning of a herb called ‘Ai Ye’ or Mugwort leaf commonly found in a prepared form for use either in a cigar-like stick form or for use in conjunction with acupuncture. Moxibustion is a very warming therapy and is quite useful for pain relief and invigorating blood circulation.
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