Acupuncture is one of the most commonly used systems of healing in the world, beginning in ancient China about 3000 to 5000 years ago. Acupuncture was introduced to the United States in the early 19th century, and it has seen enormous growth these days.
In 1993, FDA estimated that Americans made about 12 million visits to acupuncture clinics spending more than half a billion dollars a year. In a 2003 survey, about 20 million Americans over the age of 18 reported that they tried acupuncture at some point in their life, and in a recent survey, 71% responded that they either received acupuncture or consider acupuncture as a treatment option.
Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles to augment the stimulating effects of needles. It’s been found to be quite effective for many conditions but particularly useful for pain syndromes and post-stroke rehabilitation. Electro-acupuncture has been used successfully in treating vomiting and nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy as well.
Even though not as well-known as acupuncture, cupping is a commonly used healing method used by acupuncturists to relieve pain and promote circulation. Cupping therapy is one of the oldest methods of Traditional Oriental Medicine, whose earliest record dates back to the early fourth century. Its record was found in Egypt, the Middle East, and Greece as well. Cupping therapy spread throughout Africa and to the Eastern European cultures and was also used by native Americans.Read more
Moxibustion is a type of heat therapy where pieces of the dried plant are burned on or near particular points on the skin. Moxibustion literally means “burning (-bustion) of mugwort (moxa)”. Mugwort (Artemesia Vulgaris) is a common herb that grows throughout the world and has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries in a number of countries. In Oriental Medicine, moxibustion is a very important technique and is commonly used along with acupuncture. You will often see the word ‘acupuncture’ together with ‘moxibustion’ in the same word, such as “acupuncture-moxibustion” or “acu-moxa”.Read more
Tuina & Acupressure
Tuina is a Chinese word that means “push (tui)” and “grasp (na)”. It’s a type of eastern bodywork that has been used in China for millennia. It’s a combination of stretching, adjustment, manipulation, and deep-tissue massage along meridians, muscles, and nerve pathways to remove blockages and loosen up tight tissues. It’s often translated as “Chinese massage” but it’s much more than that. By removing the obstruction, tuina practitioners try to restore free movement of qi and blood, hence relieving pain and tightness.Read more