Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Services at Medicine Wheel Wellness
Acupuncture is a Western term which means ‘puncturing with needles’. It involves inserting needles into the patient and manipulating them, at any of the 360 or so points around the body. The origins of acupuncture can be traced back as far as 4,000 years, and it is thought to have begun in China where the ancient practice of this therapy is know as classical Chinese acupuncture. In Chinese treatments, the needles — which are called filiform needles — are inserted at points of the body that follow the fourteen channels, or meridians, using the traditionally identified acupuncture points. The traditional Chinese medicine and classical Chinese acupuncture methods are based on the principle that a person’s health is a balance of yin and yang – two opposing but complementary forces: Yin represents the blood and yang represents a person’s vital energy, known as Qi and Chi. In order for these two to function in harmony, acupuncture serves to encourage the free-flow, or regulate the flow, of both where required.
In the Western world, acupuncture is recognized as a complementary therapy to various conditions, such as acute and chronic pain, anorexia, constipation and diarrhea, headache and muscle spasms to name a few. The World Health Organization has actually listed around 40 conditions that can be successfully treated with acupuncture.
Cupping therapy, or ‘fire cupping’ as it is sometimes known, is a traditional Chinese medicine which has been used for thousands of years. Cupping therapy is a therapy which is grouped in with acupuncture. This is because it is applied directly to the skin and because it uses the same points on the body as acupuncture does. It is believed that pain is caused by the stagnation of our body’s energy flows, which occurs when we have been injured or ill. Using cupping therapy, the energy flows, including body fluids (i.c. blood and lymph) which can be made to move freely again, therefore assisting in the repair of the injury or illness.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine, or Chinese herbology as it is also called, is the production and prescription of crude medicine based solely on the combination of specific herbs. Chinese herbal medicine is based on the usage of herbs whose efficacy was determined thousands of years ago. Chinese herbal medicine can be used for treating literally hundreds of different conditions, including: coughs, colds, rheumatism, infertility, ulcers and tumors, reducing anxiety, constipation and to promote digestion, just to name a few.
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