Trusted for over 4000 years, Acupuncture is one of the most successful and widely acclaimed forms of alternate medicine therapies.
During the treatment, specialized sterile, disposal and FDA approved needles are inserted into the body at specific points of selected meridians called acupuncture points. The pressure created releases endorphins in the body and promotes natural healing.
Acupuncture stimulates and balances the flow of Qi in the meridians and treats a variety of ailments, emotional disorders and psychological problems.
Electro-acupuncture is a relatively newer form of therapy.
It is similar to traditional acupuncture in the context that needles are inserted into the skin at specific points, but the main difference is that a small electric current is passed between a pair of needles. The needles are connected to a special device that generates small pulses and produces special simulations that can heal a variety of conditions. Diseases like neurosis, nerve palsy, angina and high blood pressure etc are mostly treated through electro-acupuncture.
The cupping therapy is amongst the oldest forms of Chinese medicine therapies. During the treatment, congestion or suction is created on the skin locally through combustion or extrusion which in turn mobilizes the flow of blood in the body and helps balance the whole body, reduce swelling, relieve toxins and ease pain.
The cups are placed at specific acupuncture points in the body to produce stimulation and balance the Qi flow in the meridians. Cupping is usually helpful in treating muscular pain, swelling and inflammation, diarrhea, toxicity accumulation, fever etc.
Moxibustion is a form of traditional Chinese medicine therapy in which a small and spongy herb called mugwort is burnt to create moxa which promotes healing. Moxibustion helps in strengthening immunity, enhances blood circulation and maintains the overall health of an individual.
During the treatment, a moxa stick is placed close to the skin at the acupuncture points. Moxibustion warms off the body’s meridians and relieves recurring pain and inflammation. The patient experiences a relaxing heating sensation that helps in conditions like frozen shoulder, diabetes, pelvic inflammation, prostatitus etc.
Gua Sha Treatment
Gua Sha (also termed as ‘scrapping’) is based on skin based theory of Chinese Medicine. In this naturopathy, special tools called scraping swabs made with materials like horns or jade are used to apply pressured strokes along the muscles. The skin is lubricated prior to the therapy, and the repetitive movement along the skin not only clears the meridians and relieves toxicity but also improves blood circulation.
The GuaSha therapy produces immediate relaxing effects for high blood pressure, muscular pain, heat stroke etc. Traditional GuaSha eases the feeling of fatigue and tiredness and increases the secretion of sweat.
Auricular Treatment (Ear Acupuncture)
Auricular Therapy, also called Auriculotherapy, is both a diagnostic and an integrative treatment procedure that is used for pain relief and the alleviation of addictions. The principles of Auricular Therapy are based both upon Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and upon neurological reflex therapies that were discovered in Europe.
The essential premise in Auricular Therapy is that there are a neurological reflexes and energetic correspondences between specific areas of the external ear, or auricle, and other parts of the body that are arranged in the pattern of an inverted fetus. Detection of selective ear reflex points can be determined by monitoring tenderness to applied pressure, by electrical measurement of lowered skin resistance, or by the physical observation of small regions of skin discoloration or skin protrusions.
Treatment of these reactive ear reflex points can be achieved by tactile acupressure, by the insertion of acupuncture needles, or by transcutaneous electrical stimulation. Auricular Therapy is effectively utilized to reduce chronic pain and anxiety within a few minutes of treatment and can alleviate the aversive symptoms of opioid withdrawal or reduce the craving for opioid medications.