Acupuncture is the insertion and manipulation of hair-thin, sterile and disposable needles into specific acupoints on the body, face, ear or scalp. The acupoint prescription is chosen by taking into account information acquired from the interview and assessment. Assessment methods can include tongue and pulse diagnosis, observation, palpation and inquiry.
Acupuncture is one modality in the medical specialty of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a holistic medical system that approaches treatment by addressing the underlying causes of disease as well as the current symptoms.
Trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity can create blockages in energy or Qi. By taking into account a thorough history to gain a wider perspective of dis-ease or injury, lifestyle, in the causation of currrent
CST uses a gentle touch to promote ease of movement and balance within the connective tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord.
The fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord pulsates with a rhythm. By gently feeling this pulsation at various points on the body for irregularities, a light resistance can be used to correct the imbalances. Many conditions can be treated by creating a restriction free range of motion in these tissues.
CST can be quite effective for :
Migraines and headaches
TMJ pain or clenching
Neck/back soft tissue dysfunction or pain
Flexible silicon cups are placed on the skin creating a suction when the cup is pressed. This suction draws stagnant blood and lymph from the underlying tissues to the surface, sometimes creating the red marks that can be characteristic of cupping. These marks are not bruises; no vasculature has been compressed or damaged.
Circulation can slow in tissues from injuries, environmental toxins, overuse or from being sedentary, creating a buildup of cellular waste products. The suction from cupping pulls these waste products to the surface of the skin where they can be more easily flushed from the system. The marks themselves are not painful, though there may be some tenderness in the muscles after treatment, and they can take from 3-10 days to fade completely. Cupping increases circulation, loosens adhesions, sedates the nervous system and strengthens the immune system. Cupping can be helpful for :
some types of nerve pain
muscular tightness and numbness
Moxibustion is the burning of the herb Artemesia vulgaris (Ai ye in mandarin) over specific acupuncture points on the body. This therapy warms and strengthens the body without burning the skin. In the clinic, I generally use a smokeless moxa stick and manually pass it over the indicated points or place a single pellet of smokeless moxa in a specialized bowl around certain acupuncture needles.