The simplest explanation is that acupuncture helps facilitate the body's own healing abilities by increasing blood flow, decreasing inflammation via the insertion of needles into the muscle thus sending a message to the brain to release of endogenous neurotransmitters like opioid peptides.
Also, studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system. It encourages brain to release more endorphins, the hormones which are effective in relieving pain. Acupuncture affects sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride level in the blood, the functioning of gastroentero system and activity of endocrine system. It harmonizes and balances qi, improves circulation and allows body to heal by itself more quickly.
Acupuncture is used to strengthen physical body, prevent disease, control pain and achieve longevity. The aim of acupuncture is not limited to relieving or getting rid of symptoms, but to increase both the quality of life and ability to function.
Gua Sha is healing technique that intentionally raises ‘Sha’, or petechiae, to aid in the movement of qi, blood, and other fluids containing metabolic waste that congests surface tissues and muscles. ‘Gua’ means to scrape or rub and ‘Sha’ describes blood stasis in the tissue before and after it is raised. ‘Sha’ may be visible as a reddish, elevated skin rash or spots.
Gua Sha is a safe technique. In many cases, the patient feels an immediate shift in their condition for the better. Gua Sha promotes circulation and normalizes metabolic processes. It is a valuable treatment for both external and internal pain, as well as acute and chronic disorders.
Its primary purpose is to affect the flow of both qi and blood through the body, dispel cold and dampness, and diminish swellings and pains. A safe and non-invasive technique, cupping is used to treat many condition like colds and flu, gastrointestinal disorders, upper respiratory infections and asthma, as well as problems related to the internal organs or back pain. Cupping has been in the media for its use in treating muscular pain, bone pain and spasms, particularly in the back and shoulders.
While cupping is considered painless, red marks, swelling, and bruises can appear since the treatment causes blood to be drawn to the surface of the skin. These marks typically disappear within a few hours or days.
After regular needles are inserted on specific points of the body, they are attached to the clips where electric pulses are created through a device in order to amplify their effect. This technique, most commonly used in the treatment of soft tissue for both traumatic and chronic conditions, is generally used to promote stronger and faster flow of qi and blood.
The sensation is of a tiny pulsation at the needling site, and the acupuncturist works closely with you to establish your comfort level for each lead.
Electro acupuncture sometimes causes electric shock, pain and uncomfortable feeling, or even aggravated symptoms due to strong stimulation. Patients who have pacemakers or history of heart diseases shall NEVER use electro acupuncture ; they MUST inform the practitioner before getting treatment.
The ancient healing technique of moxibustion, believed by some medical historians to pre-date even acupuncture, is approximately 3,000-years-old. Moxibustion uses moxa or mugwort herb (artemisia vulgaris), applied directly or indirectly, in order to warm the regions and acupuncture points. This combination of heat and herb stimulate circulation, encourage smoother flow of blood and qi, and protect against cold and dampness.
By dispelling cold and warming the body, moxibustion, used for pain and deficient conditions, is currently the more popular form of care because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning. It has been clinically effective for treatment of common conditions such as acute and chronic pain (frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, headaches, migraines), digestive problems (diarrhea, IBS), degenerative diseases, women's disorders, and sexual dysfunction (impotence, decreased libido). Moxibustion is also known to relieve anxiety by creating a deep relaxation response.