Acupuncture is commonly practiced together with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture treatments influence the body by inserting thin needles into specific points along the body, called acupoints.
Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches the body as a system (trauma being the exception). During patient intakes it is common to have conversations about digestion (abdominal discomfort, stools quality, urine quality), emotions, sleep, diet, body temperatures, body sensations, energy level, fatigue, pathways of pain, etc. These seemingly small details of information help determine TCM patterns, allowing the acupuncturist to diagnose the best treatment protocol for you. The goal of Acupuncture and TCM is to bring awareness and balance back to the individual, aiding in recovery while increasing quality of life.
Electro Acupuncture (EA) is where an electric current is passed through the acupuncture needles. Electro Acupuncture enhances the effects of the acupuncture needles by further stimulating the muscle where the needle is inserted. Electro Acupuncture helps to elicit physiological effects that promote local healing, pain relief and the reduction of muscle tension to allow for improved mobility and function. It may also assist in deactivating chronic myofascial trigger points or ‘knots’ and the associated taut bands within muscle.
Cupping therapy has been used for generations in many cultures. Chinese Medicine developed the process into an integral part of protocols. Cupping involves the creation of negative pressure in a cup or suitable hollow vessel.
Traditionally, the practitioner uses an ignited cotton ball to consume the air in the cup just before it is placed on the skin. Nowadays glass cups, silicone cups and plastic cups with pump are used for clinical purpose. The negative pressure draws the skin into the cup, where blood and fluids are brought just below the surface. This process mobilizes the metabolism and promotes circulation. As a result, cupping is used to regulate the flow of Qi and blood and to draw out TCM pathogenic factors such as Wind, Cold and Damp.
Korean Hand Acupuncture (also called Koryo Hand Therapy, Koryo Sooji Chim or just KHT) is similar in many ways to the more familiar general acupuncture of traditional Chinese medicine(TCM), except that Korean hand acupuncture is performed on only the hand and not all over the body. It is based on the principle that the hand is a micro system version of the whole body and hence all the acupuncture points and meridians on the body can also be found represented on the hand.
Korean Hand Acupuncture works in the same way as whole body acupuncture. By stimulating the acupuncture points where energies are believed to be stuck and hence interfering with the body’s natural flow of energy and balance of health. Stimulation allows the energy to flow freely again.
As with whole body acupuncture, Korean Hand Acupuncture is used as a form of alternative and complementary therapy to benefit many numbers of conditions. These conditions are wide and varied, and include: colds and flu, cough, bronchitis, tonsillitis, high blood pressure, skin conditions, stomach ache, indigestion, nausea, wind, constipation, diarrhea and pre-menstrual tension, to name a few.
Korean Hand Acupuncture can be used on just about everybody because it is easy to administer and is virtually painless, making it particularly good for children.
Auricular acupuncture is a diagnostic and treatment system based on normalizing the body’s dysfunction through stimulation of points on the ear. Resulting amelioration of pain and illness is believed to be through the reticular formation and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
Ear acupuncture, is an acupuncture technique similar to reflexology, and is speculated that the technique works because groups of pluripotent cells contain information from the whole organism and create regional organization centers representing different parts of the body, through recruitment of more cortex cells dedicated to specific areas of the body. Thus stimulation of a reflex point in the ear can relieve symptoms of distant pathology with a reliable duration.