Acupuncture is just one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes acupuncture, herbal therapy, massage, meditative exercise such as Qi Gong, and nutrition. Acupuncture is based on the classical Chinese theory that the body, mind and spirit are made up of different forms of energy, or qi, combined with the five elements. This qi energy nourishes the body and maintains proper health through a complex network of channels or meridians. The channels or meridians are connected to the organs within the body. When the qi energy in the meridians is balanced in a particular way, we enjoy good health and a positive attitude. Disease or illness occurs when we fall out of balance due to stress, negative emotions, improper diet, insufficient rest, environmental toxins or seasonal changes. Much like traffic flow in rush hour, if there are back-ups, or stagnation, there will be pain or other symptoms to make us aware of the problem. Acupuncture restores the proper flow in the channels, reminding our body's great design of how the complex network should be in harmony.
Acupuncture evolved in China during the first century A. D. as a method to stimulate and regulate the flow of qi by means of needles which are inserted at specific points along the meridians. Today, sterile, disposable needles are used which are extremely thin. The needles can treat a specific area when placed in a distal area based on microsystems. When applied by a trained practitioner, acupuncture is extremely safe and virtually painless.
There are many systems of Acupuncture that may be chosen depending on the patient's symptoms and overall constitution. The following are the types of Acupuncture beyond the Traditional Chinese Acupuncture that may be used in your treatment.
Japanese Meridian Therapy Acupuncture
Japanese acupuncture shares the same underlying medical theory but differs from the Chinese style in application and technique. In Japanese style we believe that the body's most responsive qi lies on, or just beneath, the skin surface. From this perspective, it is unnecessary to needle deeply or to produce a strong needle sensation. Also, in Japanese acupuncture thinner needles and fewer needles are used in a typical treatment. In short, Japanese style follows the premise that "less is more". It is only necessary to offer a gentle reminder and the body's own healing abilities will do the rest.
Japanese Meridian Therapy can be likened to a lake. Affecting the surface is not disconnected from the depth of water of the lake. You can work superficially and affect the whole depth of the body
Cosmetic Acupuncture or Acupuncture "Facelift"
This is a non-surgical procedure that helps rejuvenate and revitalize, not just your face, but your whole body as well. It improves blood and energy circulation, nourishes your skin, and increases collagen production to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and dullness.
For best result, a series of 12 sessions performed weekly or twice a week is recommended. It is not a replacement to surgery, however, it is an excellent natural alternative and prevention. It is much less costly and a safer treatment. It is virtually painless and has no negative side effects aside from an occasional tiny bruising; there is no trauma inflicted on the body or need for recovery.
Electro acupuncture is combined with regular needling by connecting the needles to an electrical stimulator and establishing a circuit through the body. This enhances the acupuncture treatment by yielding a systemic response of producing endorphins that help in response to pain. For this reason it is often used as analgesia. Electro Acupuncture can also help muscles to relax, bones to be stimulated to enhance growth, and increase circulation
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