Acupuncture Acupuncture treats health conditions by stimulating 'acupuncture points' found at specific locations on the surface of the body. Acupuncturists stimulate acupuncture points through the insertion of very fine, needles through the skin; further stimulation may be achieved by manipulation or electro-stimulation of the needles once they have been inserted. The general theory of acupuncture is that proper physiological function and health depend on circulation of nutrients, substances, and 'qi' throughout the body. Illness results from disruption or blockage of this circulation. Stimulation of the appropriate acupuncture points restores the sufficient, continuous, and even flow of qi and other vital substances.
Moxibustion Moxibustion is a warming technique whereby Artemisia vulgaris is burned near or on the skin. It used in the treatment of disease or as a preventative modality. Some of the conditions which have been successfully treated by moxibustion include asthma, diarrhea, arthritis, rheumatic pain, vomiting, abdominal pain, and certain gynecological disorders.
Cupping & Gua Sha Gua Sha is a method of promoting healthy circulation in the cutaneous and muscular aspects of the body. A specialized tool (usually made of ceramic, bone, or stone) is scraped along large skin areas with the intent to create petechiae. This technique helps in relieving muscular tension. Cupping is a method by which glass globes are used to promote healthy circulation in the cutaneous and muscular aspects of the body. Conditions which have been successfully treated through cupping include arthritic pain, abdominal pain, stomachache, indigestion, headache, hypertension, common cold, cough, low back pain, and painful menstruation.
Herbal medicine may be prescribed alone or as a complement to acupuncture, gua sha, or cupping. The functions of herbal medicine depends on the specific prescription. Some examples of conditions successfully treated with herbal medicine include common cold; pain; and, gynecological, digestive, or dermatological complaints.