Acupuncture therapy is based on the theory of meridians. According to this theory, qi (vital energy) and blood circulate in the body through a system of channels called meridians, connecting internal organs with external organs or tissues. By stimulating certain points of the body surface reached by meridians through needling or moxibustion, the flow of qi and blood can be regulated and diseases are thus treated. These stimulation points are called acupuncture points.
Chinese Herbal therapy is the oldest form of healing known to man and is one of the most important aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This therapy aims to build and strengthen the body’s immune system’s response to fight disease. Herbal therapy addresses acute and chronic conditions. The use of herbs as part of the treatment for illness is safer and gentler than the use of pharmaceuticals. Because herbs are made from natural vegetation, there are rarely any side effects and can even be taken to reduce side effects from chemical treatments, such as chemotherapy. There are over 3000 different types of herbs that can be used in the healing process, though only 300-500 are commonly used. They are usually taken internally in the form of pills, powders, extracts, tablets, capsules and syrups. They can also be externally applied as a liniment, poultice, plaster or ointment. Chinese Herbs works alongside acupuncture treatment.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin to mobilize blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps). Fire cupping is a treatment where a cotton ball dipped in 50% or greater alcohol is lit and the cotton ball is then introduced inside of the cup for a brief second. The cup is then placed on the patient. As the heat dissipates, the cooling action creates the firm suction. The cups can be moved around the patient’s body along the “meridians” and at specific points to promote blood circulation and dispel stagnation.