Acupuncture is a healing practice that has been used for thousands of years in China and is still practiced throughout the world. It
is a safe and effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complementary holistic health care system. Through the
insertion of hair-like needles that are disposable and sterile into specific points on the body, a person's health can be prodded to
There are many ways to look at Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, but the most basic view is that when there is balance there
are no problems. Only when something is out of balance, do we experience illness or pain. Acupuncture is a way to influence the
body back into balance and therefore back to health.
Besides the use of needles, a practitioner may use or suggest other methods such as:
Gua Sha: a form of rubbing the skin with a dull edge to eliminate toxic residues from the underlying tissue that has built up through
repetitive chronic inflammation.
Cupping: the attachment of a glass or plastic cup through suction onto the skin to function in warming and promoting the free flow
of Qi and Blood within the meridians thus dispelling congestion, swelling and pain.
Moxibustion: the application of burning Artemesia Vulgaris, a type of Chrysanthemum, on or above selected acupuncture points in
order to deliver warmth along the skin, muscle and meridian pathways so that the smooth flow of Qi and Blood is induced and to
prevent further disharmony or disease.