Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), one of the oldest systems of medicine dating back 4,000 years. It is the most commonly used system of healing in the world. TCM stems from the belief that what happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. Similarly, organs and organ systems are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body balanced and harmonious.
The goal of traditional East Asian medicine is to create balance in our bodies. Disharmony occurs when any aspect of our being is over-utilized or under-utilized. Stress, disrupted sleep patterns, poor diet and other body-related issues point to the sources of what is referred to as "a person’s pattern of disharmony."
TCM acknowledges that true healing is a multidimensional process. Whereby the body, mind, spirit and emotions must all be unified in the healing journey. The mind and the emotions play a dominant role in creating wellness (or illness) and attracting disease. The theory of acupuncture is based on Qi (pronounced chee), the vital force or life energy of the human body. Qi is believed to regulate balance in the body. TCM asserts there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are connected by 20 pathways (12 main, 8 secondary) called meridians, and that these meridians conduct Qi. If there is an interruption, blockage or imbalance in the flow of Qi in the meridians, it causes pain and illness; conversely, correcting this flow restores the body to balance. Various factors affect the smooth flow of Qi, such as injury, poor nutrition and improper diet, organ malfunction or infection by harmful microorganisms. Other factors that disturb the balanced flow of Qi are extreme climatic conditions (cold, wind, heat), as well as the emotional state (pleasure, dejection, stress) of an individual. Through the normal flow of Qi, acupuncture restores balance and health to mind and body.
ACUPUNCTURE IS EFFECTIVE FOR:
- Alleviating underlying conditions, enabling long lasting results, complete healing, and going far beyond temporary relief of symptoms
- Focusing on the “root cause” of bothersome conditions/symptoms
- Assisting in the detoxification of the entire bodily system
- Enhancing the immune system
- Bringing the autonomic nervous system, hormones and physiological environment into balance
- Revitalizing the body’s natural healing power to return to its original state of optimal health and functionality
Cupping is also a treatment that is part of TCM. Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue myofascial therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. This releases fascia and enhances tissue healing. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation.
CUPPING IS EFFECTIVE FOR:
- Increasing blood flow to stiff tendons and muscles to aid in circulation of congested blood
- Increasing blood flow to joints, which inturn causes an increase in the secretion of synovial fluid into the joint cavity
- Releasing tissues deep inside the body, relaxing tense muscles and easing stiffness associated with chronic back and neck pains, migraines, rheumatism, and fatigue
- Athletes who need to improve performance, increase range of motion and reduce stiffness - it alleviates muscle cramps, joint pains and scar tissue caused by injuries