Acupuncture is a safe, natural, drug-free, and effective way to relieve symptoms and signs of many health problems. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used to fix the imbalance of the meridians by unblocking and redirecting Qi to flow properly throughout the body to heal itself. Acupuncture is the manual insertion of very thin filiform needles into strategically selected points on the body called acupuncture points. Research has shown that this creates a focused healing response which results in an automatic physiological change that lowers inflammation and cortisol (also known as the “stress hormone”) levels, increases lymphatic drainage and circulation, enables tissue repair, enhances the immune system, and releases the "feel good" endorphins into the blood stream. Studies have also shown that acupuncture can help improve blood circulation, nerve conductivity, and bio-chemical imbalances to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Cupping is another ancient modality that is used widely in traditional Chinese medicine. Round edged glass or plastic cups are used to create a vacuum against the skin either by means of heat or hand pump. Cupping facilitates the release of rigid soft tissues and promotes circulation of blood and lymph flow to skin, muscles, and connective tissues, which also creates a cleansing and detoxifying effect within the muscle layers of the body. Cupping alleviates musculoskeletal pain in the back, neck, shoulders, and other applied areas, as well as easing symptoms of the common cold and other respiratory conditions.
Moxibustion is a heat therapy which uses the herb “Ai Ye,” also known as Mugwart (Artimisia Vulgaris.) There are several different ways of administering moxa, but they all apply gentle heat at or above specific acupuncture points. When properly administered, moxibustion improves blood circulation, stops pain, promotes recovery, lowers blood pressure, relieves menstrual cramps, and revives nerve function. Modern research has shown that moxa therapy is effective at raising white blood cell counts in severely debilitated patients, which is extremely beneficial for immune-compromised individuals. Various studies have also shown that moxibustion can stimulate a breech baby to reposition in 69-85% of cases.