Acupuncture and Oriental Medicines
Acupuncture works with the natural energies inherent within all living things to promote the body's ability to heal itself; based upon principles which have been used in the Orient for the last 4000 years.
Cupping is an ancient technique found in many cultures and utilizes vacuum suction within glass cups to disperse localized congestion. Cupping is not unpleasant and is most commonly employed on the back, usually for the treatment of conditions such as the common cold, asthma and back ache. It can also be used in the treatment of joint pains and muscular injury.
In the procedure of moxibustion, a small cone of the dried and powered leaves of the herb Artemesia vulgaris latiflora is placed on the acupuncture point. It is then lit and allowed to smoulder slowly until the patient feels his skin become warm. It is then removed. This is repeated on several times on each point. Most patients find this gives them a pleasant warm senstation.
Acupressure is sometimes used on acupuncture points in situations when it is difficult to use needles or moxibustion. It is not as powerful as using needles but it can be highly effective. There are also traditional Oriental methods of massage for musculo-skeletal problems.