is the use of thread-fine surgical steel needles at specific points on
your body to remove blockages in the energetic system that regulates
your health. These acu-points are sites along the meridians that have a
regulatory mechanism on the Qi of the whole meridian. Acupuncture is
virtually painless and perfectly safe when performed by an expert under
strict clinical conditions. Acupuncture works as a regulatory modality
and is a powerful tool that can bring every form of disharmony and
disease back into equilibrium.
Acupuncture is endorsed by the World Health Organization, the National
Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. More important
than those endorsements is the fact that millions of people have
consistently used acupuncture for thousands of years. Their meticulous
records present us with a body of clinical knowledge that is unmatched
by an other medicine. The research on acupuncture continues today and
incorporates strict scientific methods that continue to prove the worth
of this powerful modality.
Other modalities that fall under the general heading of acupuncture are
moxabustion and cupping.
Moxabustion is the use of an herb called Aie Ye (artemisia vulgarus or
mugwort), to warm and heat the meridians of the body. Disease often
arises from cold which stagnates the Qi in the meridians and Aie Ye is
roled into a cylinder that resembles a cigar, ignited so that it
smolders and held very close to the skin at specific acu-points to warm
the Qi in the meridians. This type of therapy is particularly useful on
arthritic conditions and sports injuries.
Cupping is the use of glass jars or cups that have the air drawn our of
them in order to create a vacuum. The suction pulls the superficial
layers of the skin and fascia apart or pulls adhesions between muscle
tissue apart. This allows the synovial fluid to seep back between the
tissues and relieves pain from adhesion that is associated with sprains
and strains of muscle tissue.
Acupuncture, moxabustion and cupping can be used together or separately
to regulate your bioenergy and bring you back to a more perfect state of
balance and health.