Acupuncture is a medicinal practice that has been used for many centuries and first written in earlier theories by Shen Nung, the father of Chinese Medicine. The medicinal practice is based on the theory that the body contains an influential energy force called Qi made of Yin and Yang. It is theorized that when there’s an unbalance between Yin and Yang, an illness occurs. Therefore, acupuncture is known to restore the balance between Yin and Yang. The medicinal practice uses as many as nine needles. It is desirable that the patients feels a sensation called deqi. Depending on the type of ailment, specific types of techniques are used such as raising and thrusting, twirling and rotation, plucking, scraping, and trembling. Besides the usage of needles, there are also other methods of acupuncture. Electro-Acupuncture requires the usage of electrical impulses into the Acupuncture needles usually for analgesia.
Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion is a method of the Chinese acupuncture in which a patient receives treatment through the burning of a mugwort. In the direct method of acupuncture, the mugwort is placed on the specific acupuncture point and burned. Specifically, the mugwort is placed and left on the skin until it is burned completely which may lead to scarring or blistering on the skin. In the non-scarring method, the mugwort will be removed before it burns the skin and then a pleasant sensation will be left on the skin instead. The indirect moxibustion involves burning one end of the moxa stick and then hold over the acupuncture spot until it turns red. The method of moxibustion is often used in traditional Chinese medicine for patients with a cold or a stagnant condition. The burning process of moxa is believed to cause a smoother flow of qi.
The following Methods are great to follow:
- Direct Scarring Method
- Direct Non-Scarring Method
- Indirect Method
Cupping and Acupuncture is a method that places cups on the skin as a suction by glass, bamboo, or earthenware. It is believed that Chinese cupping causes a smoother blood flow that can promote the healing of various medical conditions. The dry cupping therapy consists of only a suction in which a flammable substance is applied on the cup and then set on fire. A cup is placed on the skin once the fire goes out. It is said that cupping treats blood disorders, depression, skin problems, migraine, and rheumatic diseases. As an alternative, a rubber pump is used to make a vacuum.