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Body Acupuncture

            Sometimes our practitioners place needles in the trunk or limbs of a patient in order to enhance or supplement the actions of scalp needles. Body acupuncture points are mostly selected along traditional energy channels called “meridians”. It is normal and desirable that the needles produce some sensations such as slight soreness, distention, pressure, warmth, cold or moving water, etc. Often the patient feels a sense of relaxation and may fall asleep. The needles are retained for 15 to 45 minutes while lying still and then removed at the end of the session.

Auricle Acupuncture

            Our ears contain tons of information about our body. The entire human body with all its different parts and internal organs can be mapped out on the auricle, like a fetus curled upside down, with its head on the earlobe and its feet near the ear apex. A tender spot on the auricle usually indicates a pathological condition in the corresponding body part. In 1980 a double blind study at UCLA Pain Management Center verified the scientific accuracy of ear diagnosis. There is a statistically significant level of 75% accuracy achieved in diagnosing musculoskeletal pain problems. [1]

            Treatment is done by probing the ear for sensitive points and then placing small seeds or magnetic pallets on these points. They are kept in place with small tape for 4 to 7 days. By self-pressing these points several times a day for a few minutes, continuous stimulation bringing long-lasting therapeutic effects can be obtained. Auricle acupuncture is a safe and convenient adjunct therapy to scalp acupuncture.

[1] Oleson, TD; Kroening RJ, Bresler DE (8). "An experimental evaluation of auricular diagnosis: the somatotopic mapping or musculoskeletal pain at ear acupuncture points.". Pain 8 (2): 217-29. PMID 7402685. Retrieved 20 Jan 2013.

moxaMoxibustion

            Moxibustion is the application of heat by burning a Chinese herb, commonly known as Mugwort, over an area of the body that is aching, or swollen, or cold. It is indicated for patients suffering from cold or stagnation. When coldness is trapped in the guts, for instance, one may have diarrhea; when trapped in the uterus, female has  menstrual cramps.  The heat from moxibustion is soothing and penetrates deep into the body. It improves circulation, dispels coldness, activates the immune system and promotes body functions. Classical literature in Chinese medicine recorded that long-term use of moxibustion benefits children with retarded growth or weak constitution.

cuppingCupping

            Cupping is the application of suction cups on the skin. It is an ancient form of healing practiced in China, Egypt, Greece, Russia and many parts of Asia and Europe. During cupping, a partial vacuum is created in the cup either by means of heat or a modern pump. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The darker color the skin shows, the more severe is the underlying stagnation, which is the cause of many ailments. The cup is generally kept in place for about  10 minutes. A bruise mark is left on the skin but it easily fades in a few days.

            Cupping can promote micro-circulation and the removal of toxins and harmful substances or metabolites from the system. It is very good for inflammation, swelling, edema, muscle ache, joint pain or injury. Sometimes it is combined with bloodletting to allow stagnant blood to come out. Our practitioners may also move a cup continuously over the skin to provide a massage-like effect.

herbsHerbal Therapy

          Chinese herbology is another major pillar of Chinese medicine. It differs from Western pharmaceuticals in many ways:

  • Chinese herbs come from natural sources, with the majority from plants and a small portion from minerals and animal parts.
  • The prescription is customized to each patient’s needs. No two patients get the same set of Chinese herbs even if they have the same western disease diagnosis. This is because no two persons are exactly the same in terms of their symptoms, etiology, physical and emotional makeup, constitution, medical history and living environment.
  • Many pharmaceutical drugs are toxic. They may cause damage to the liver, kidney, the nervous system and digestive system. They may also increase the risk of certain diseases and cancer. Relatively speaking, Chinese herbs are much more safer. When used improperly, Chinese herbs may also cause adverse side effects but such incidences are rare and milder.
  • Although some synthetic drugs are also extracted from plants, they are narrowly targeted to specific effects such as raising the level of a certain chemical in the body. While doing so may alleviate the original problem, it may disrupt the balance in other parts of the body causing new symptoms. This seldom happens with Chinese herbs because our experienced practitioners always take a careful, holistic approach, trying to restore balance to the whole body.
  • Chinese herbal formula usually consists of more than one herb. The herbal ingredients play different roles. Some are synergistic, they work together to enhance a positive effect. One or more ingredients may be added to eliminate or to protect against an undesirable effect. Another ingredient may be used to affect the distribution of the medicine, trying to bring its effect to the target tissues. Chinese herbal medicine is both an art and a science.

Tui-Na massage

            Tui-Na, literally “pushing and grasping”, is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy that our practitioners often use in conjunction with acupuncture. It is both relaxing and therapeutic. It is suitable for musculoskeletal problems as well as internal organic diseases. Our practitioners employ rolling, pressing, brushing, kneading and many different techniques to break down stagnation, soften muscle knots and promote the flow of qi and blood. Pediatric tui-na is specifically adapted for little children and infants.