Acupuncture has been practiced in the Far East for thousands of years. By inserting very fine needles into specific points on the skin, acupuncture stimulates the body’s own healing responses. A number of very fine needles (usually about ten) are inserted into specific points on the body. They are typically left in place for about 20-30 minutes.
Acupuncture is being increasingly understood in Western medical terms and validated by clinical trials. Scientific evidence, which has been building up for the past 30 years, shows that acupuncture stimulates nerves in the skin which send messages to the brain and spinal cord, releasing feel-good chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin, and stimulating anti-inflammatory and other painkilling pathways in the body.
During cupping therapy, suction cups are placed on the skin to promote circulation and improve healing. The vacuum created by the suction increases blood flow to the tissues underneath, resulting in activation of lymphatic drainage and a reduction in pain and inflammation. Cupping is widely used to treat muscular pain and relieve tension, particularly in the back, neck and shoulders.
Chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicines have been used for thousands of years, to improve health, vitality, and longevity. Many of these herbs have now been confirmed by scientific studies to be effective in the treatment of numerous illnesses. Herbs are commonly prescribed as powders, tinctures, tablets or capsules.