Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve functioning in affected areas of the body. Acupuncture is a safe and effectively used as an alternative to medications or surgery. Relief is often obtained when traditional medical therapy has failed. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at the specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substances; treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. Ancient and Modern usages Acupuncture as developed in China dates back at least two thousands years ago as a system of diagnosing and treating pain and diseases. Although it was proven successful for hundreds of years without the benefits of modern medical knowledge, it is only in recent years that the scientific and medical communities of China, Europe and North America have began to study acupuncture to understand and explain its effectiveness. Modern technology has allowed variations in acupuncture treatment. Electro-acupuncture involves stimulation of inserted needles with gentle electrical impulses. Even low laser may also be used instead of needles to stimulate appropriate points. How does Acupuncture work?Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called" endorphins". These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to the opiate receptor sites found through out the nervous system. Endorphins help to block pathway that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, general relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body's own internal regulation systems. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Cupping therapy is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine, which creating a vacuum on the patient's skin to dispel stagnation — stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow. The earliest recorded use of cupping dates to the early fourth century. Originally, practitioners would use hollowed-out animal horns for cups, and place them over particular points or meridians. Today, most acupuncturists use cups made of thick glass or plastic, although bamboo, iron and pottery cups are still used in other countries.
How does cupping therapy work? What does it treat?
In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable substance, which is soaked in alcohol, let, then placed inside the cup. Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates a vacuum.As the substance burns, the cup is turned upside-down so that the practitioner can place the cup over a specific area. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools. Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.Cupping therapy is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain and muscle stiffness. Some practitioners also use cupping to treat depression and reduce swelling. Fleshy sites on the body, such as the back and stomach (and, to a lesser extent, the arms and legs), are the preferred sites for treatment.
Is cupping therapy safe? Does it hurt?
While cupping is considered relatively safe (especially air cupping, which does not include the risk of fire and heat), it can cause some swelling and bruising on the skin. As the skin under a cup is drawn up, the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand. This may result in small, circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied. These bruises are usually painless, however, and disappear within a few days of treatment.In addition, there are several instances where cupping should NOT be performed. Patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; and patients who bleed easily, are not suitable candidates for cupping. Pregnant women should not have cupping on their abdominal or sacral regions. If the cups are being moved, they should not cross bony areas, such as the ridges of the spine or the shoulder blades.
Traditional Chinese Medicine mainly use plants (also include some animals and minerals) as medicines which are generally called herbs or herbal medicines. Different to chemical medicines, the herb medicines are natural organic substances. Their compositions are very complete. Except the main composition of treating disease, there are some uselessness compositions else, even somewhat could cause side effect. So in tradition, Chinese physicians usually adopt compound which made of a few of ingredients in order to reach the best therapeutic effect and the less side effect. However, any kind of formula is not just a simple mixture of herb medicines. It is an organic compose, as a group of government, each member has its action and function and works together.
Usually, there are four parts in a formula of herbs, Chinese words call them as
King-- Main medicine for treating disease
Minister-- Help the main medicine in order to make reach the biggest therapeutic effect
Assistant-- Usually be used to decrease side effect and toxin of the main medicine and treat some less important symptoms
Envoy-- Usually lead the main medicine to go to the place ( tissues, organs, systems) where the disease is happened or coordinate medicines.