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Acupuncture & Massage

 

Acupuncture & massage is an ancient system of healing that was being practiced in China well before the first written accounts 3,000 years ago. Since that time people in Japan and other East Asian countries, Europe and the United States have practiced acupuncture because of its demonstrated ability to address human illness and disharmony.

In recently years, alterative and complementary medicine, especially, Chinese acupuncture/massage has drawn more and more attention, and it is now extensively accepted by common people and mainstream medicine due to its rapid and reliable efficacy and no-side effect in many disorders as well as in enhancing overall health and well-being.

Traditional Chinese medicines are particularly valuable when it comes to certain conditions (such as migraine, chronic pain, etc) which are poorly controlled with medications and therapies available in west. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture & massage for its effectiveness in treating many common disorders, including, but not limited to:

 

Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System -

Arthritis, neuralgia, migraine headaches, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain.

Emotional and Psychological Disorders - Depression, PTSD, anxiety and stress.

Gynecological Disorders - Irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, PMS, infertility in women & men, and menopause.

Gastrointestinal Disorders - Food allergies, peptic ulcer, constipation, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis.

Urogenital Disorders - Stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.

Respiratory Disorders - Emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis.

Circulatory Disorders - Hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia.

Addictions - Alcohol, nicotine and drugs.

General Medicine - Eye, ear nose and throat disorders, including cold and flu symptom relief.

 

What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the time tested therapy that has been practised in China for thousands of years, it is a treatment method of Chinese medicine, which can relieve pain and cure diseases. According to the Chinese philosophy, disease and pain occur because of an imbalance between two principal forces of nature-Yin and Yang.

Acupuncture is thought to restore this balance through energy lines or meridians circulate around the body. These meridians contain energy flow (or Qi). With the insertion of fine needles at various points on the meridian, the energy can be moved or redirected to where it is needed most. The flow of energy can be disrupted in many ways; emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet or overwork are all common examples. By examining this underlying cause and how it has affected the body, the most appropriate treatment for the patient can be selected. Insertion of the needles produces a sharp pinching feeling. This feeling quickly disappears and is replaced by an occasional tingling or a sense of numbness, heaviness, or soreness while the needles are in place.

Western medicine has different opinions on how acupuncture works but in short, no one is really sure. However trial after trial consistently proves it effectiveness.

Acupuncture also includes other techniques such as cupping, scraping, moxibustion....

 

What is Tui Na/Massage?
Tui Na is a form of massage developed through several thousand years to become a highly effective non-invasive treatment. Though relatively unknown in the west, in China it is regarded as one of the main branches of Chinese Medicine alongside Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Tui Na massage is performed through clothing, using various lifting, stretching, stroking, pushing and grasping massage techniques. These are accompanied by acupressure and joint manipulation resulting in a relaxing and powerfully energising massage.

Whilst Tui Na is renowned for its effectiveness in the treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions, it is also effective for internal problems such as headaches and migraine, anxiety and panic attacks, digestive dysfunction, circulatory problems, hormonal imbalance, stress and related conditions amongst others. Tui Na is also an effective way to maintain health, reduce the chance of injury, enhance flexibility and manage stress.

Treatment with Tui Na Massage is available, either on its own, or in combination with Acupuncture.

How does acupuncture work?

There is no simple answer to this question. In the orient it is sufficient to say that acupuncture stimulates and regulates our energy (or Qi). Within the West we are always looking for another explanation that more easily fits into our concept of what medicine is and how medicine works. Unfortunately no-one can firmly say, acupuncture works by such and such way......

We do have some understand about how acupuncture works, but we don't have the complete picture.
For example, when acupuncture is used as an analgesic for operations in China it is understood that the insertion and manipulation of acupuncture needles stimulates the production of the body's own natural painkillers - endorphins. At the other end of the scale, very gentle stimulation of the small toe of a 34 week pregnant woman can cause the baby to turn into the correct position if it is lying in a breech position. This would not stimulate the body's endorphins. Instead other theories have emerged about the effect it has on the adrenal glands.

Scientists have proposed three major theories of how acupuncture works. One theory suggests that the meridians actually exist and connect the body's organs in a special manner. According to this theory, acupuncture increases activity along the meridians and thus influences organ function. Scientists have also demonstrated that acupuncture works, at least in part, by increasing the brain's production of natural painkillers called endorphins. These substances are morphine-like chemicals that influence the body's awareness of pain. Scientists also theorized that acupuncture may work through the nervous system by triggering signals that interrupt pain messages sent to the brain. This hypothesis is known as the "gate theory" of pain.

According theory of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture allows Qi to flow areas where it is deficient and away from where it is excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body.

In Chinese medicine there is a saying, "Where there is pain, there has no free flow of Qi and When there is free flow of Qi, there has no pain".

 

 

 
   
     

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