Acupuncture is a practice rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine that uses stimulation of very specific points on the body to promote balance and healing. Traditionally, a very fine needle is inserted and manipulated to increase the flow of qi and blood through the area increasing circulation and promoting healing. Other methods can be used to stimulate acupuncture points, such as electrical stimulation, or certain massage techniques.
CUPPING & GUA-SHA
Cupping therapy is an ancient part of Chinese Medicine in which an Acupuncturist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin (often referred to as “gliding cupping). The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse 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. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about five to fifteen minutes while the patient relaxes.
Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve pain and help with stiff muscles, asthma and chest congestion, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, digestive disorders, rheumatism, and can help with wrinkles, skin tone and texture and even reduce cellulite!
Gua-Sha has very similar benefits, but instead of suction it uses a scraping technique to bring the qi and blood to the surface to increase circulation.
There can be some mild side affects from Cupping and Gua-Sha. Bruising should be expected, but skin should return to looking normal within 10 days. It is important to keep your skin covered and not exposed to cold or wind for 24 hours after Cupping or Gua-Sha!
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE – HERBAL CONSULTATION
Chinese herbal medicine takes a holistic approach to disease and prophylactic care and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as the treatment of it.
Chinese medicine uses and array of herbs, flowers, roots, minerals and even some animals to create custom formulas designed specifically to treat you!
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