Chinese acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that has recently started gaining popularity in North America. During treatment, very thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body. The stimulation of these acupuncture points affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of natural chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins which have pain-relieving properties. It’s a simple, safe, and effective health care technique that promotes the body’s ability to heal itself.
Moxa treatments or Moxa acupuncture as it is sometimes called, can be used alone to treat a patient or in conjunction with acupuncture needles. Moxa is similar to incense and will create smoke during the treatment. Moxa produces heat that can gently stimulate the body.
Acupuncture Cupping Sets are made from either a hard durable plastic or heavy thick glass. Both come in a variety of sizes to accommodate the area being treated. Glass cupping sets are traditionally used in acupuncture cupping. Cupping has the function of warming and promoting the flow of qi and blood in the meridians, dispelling cold dampness, diminishing swelling and pain. The acupuncture cupping method is mainly used to treat bi syndrome caused by wind dampness such as pain in the back, shoulders, hips and legs. Gastrointestinal disorders like stomachache, vomiting or diarrhea. Also respiratory symptoms related to congestion, coughing and asthma.
Massage therapy involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Massage therapy can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, feet, or a massage device. Depending on the application and technique used, massage is used to promote relaxation and well-being, and is beneficial in treating sports injuries and other problems affecting the musculature of the body such as postural misalignment and many painful conditions.
A gua sha tool, which is simply a Chinese ceramic spoon, is used to gently rub across the skin after gua sha oil (a massage oil) is applied. Gua sha is used similar to cupping but may be used across many parts of the body where cups may have difficulty staying in place (ex: arms, neck, foot or calf). Gua sha is used to treat a smaller and more superficial area of the skin when compared to cupping.
Qi Gong (alternatively spelled chi gung or chi kung) is a form of gentle exercise composed of movements that are repeated a number of times, often stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph) and building awareness of how the body moves through space.
A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
In Chinese medicine, there are not ‘good’ foods or ‘bad’ foods; there are appropriate foods for each individual and inappropriate food for a specific individual, just as there are appropriate herbs for each individual depending on what their health needs are. Yang warming tonic herbs would be quite beneficial for an individual who is cold and fatigued; however, the same nourishing warming herbs may cause irritation and headaches in someone who is thirsty and experiencing night sweats as seen with Yin Deficiency. Like herbs, foods have different energetic qualities; they can be warming or cooling for example. In TCM, food therapy is simply part of the larger system of medicine which includes acupuncture and herbalism.
Being physically fit depends on how well a person fulfills each of the components of being healthful.When it comes to fitness, these components include cardio respiratory fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, and flexibility. Maintaining physical fitness can help prevent some diseases. The more exercise that is carried out, the healthier an individual will look and feel.