Acupuncture is the manipulation of Qi in your body. Qi runs in very specific, interconnected pathways similar to the network of blood vessels in our bodies. When we are ill or in pain, our Qi is either blocked or in some way dysfunctional. Acupuncture is the art of bringing the body’s Qi back into balance. There are hundreds of different styles of acupuncture.
The Five Elements
Five Element Therapeutic Acupuncture is based on the laws of nature and looks for mental, emotional or spirit level causes for a person’s distress. Five Element theory is a way of choosing effective acupuncture points and it views a person from their native constitution, rather than a collection of symptoms, in order to restore the balance and harmony on the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels.
ESTIM or Electroacupuncture
Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. This practice augments the use of regular acupuncture, can restore health and well-being, and is particularly good for treating pain.
Moxibustion is the process of using moxa to apply heat to an area of the body. Moxa is an herb, Artemisia vulgaris or mugwort, which is burned on or over the skin or on top of an acupuncture needle and can be used to enhance an acupuncture treatment. It produces a deeply penetrating warmth. People often say it feels like a soothing warm oil being poured on them. Moxa moves the Qi, deeply warms the body, and feels very good on sore muscles and menstrual cramping. Its warmth strengthens the Qi in the channels so it is often used in cases of deficiency, long term illness and menstrual irregularities.
Cupping is a technique using glass cups. A vacuum created in the cup draws the skin up and into the cup. Depending on the condition, the cups may be left on the skin for up to 10 minutes. When the skin is sucked into the cup, the pores open, the muscles relax, blood flow improves and blockages are broken up. Similar to acupuncture, cups are placed along the meridians, typically on the back, but also occasionally on the legs, stomach, and arms.