Chinese medicine and its literature dates back several thousand years. Chinese medicine uses many modalities including acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, moxibustion/heat therapy, tuina (Chinese massage).
Acupuncture is the insertion of single use sterile filiform needles (acupuncture needles) which are as thin as a strand of hair. Acupuncture is holistic, all natural and has positive effects on the mind, body and spirit. The following are examples of some of the conditions that acupuncture can treat according to the World Health Organization:
- allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- adverse reactions to radiotherapy and or chemotherapy
- rheumatoid arthritis
- knee pain
- postoperative pain
- sciatica/low back pain
- facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- morning sickness
- acute and chronic gastritis
- nausea and vomiting
- dental pain/dysfunction
- essential hypertension
Acupuncture points follow specific pathways through the body called channels or meridians, which are associated with different organ systems of the body. The needles stimulate acupuncture points along the channels to increase blood and Qi, the energy that flows through the body. The Qi can be redirected, rejuvenated and refreshed correcting specific aliments associated with particular organ systems. Increasing the amount of Qi in the body can decrease negative emotional and physical stress which we experience in our daily lives. The blood within the body can become blocked causing stagnation which is related to pain and many other ailments. Acupuncture increases blood flow or builds blood in the body to create health and balance within the organ systems in turn helping the body heal itself.