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Acupuncture and Cupping

What is traditional Chinese medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine is a system of medicine partly based on the idea that an energy, called qi (say "chee"), flows along pathways in the body called meridians. In this belief, if the flow of qi along these meridians is blocked or unbalanced, illness can occur. In China, doctors have practiced traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and it is gaining in popularity in many Western countries.

Causes of qi imbalance are thought to involve:

  • External forces, such as wind, cold, or heat.

  • Internal forces, such as emotions of joy, anger, or fear.

  • Lifestyle factors, such as poor diet, too little sleep, or too much alcohol.

Another important concept in traditional Chinese medicine is the concept of yin and yang. In this approach, all things, including the body, are composed of opposing forces called yin and yang. Health is said to depend on the balance of these forces. Traditional Chinese medicine focuses on maintaining the yin-yang balance to maintain health and prevent illness.

Traditional Chinese medicine doctors look at the balance of body, mind, and spirit to determine how to restore qi, the yin-yang balance, and good health.

What is traditional Chinese medicine used for?

Some people use traditional Chinese medicine to treat problems such as asthma, allergies, and infertility. Traditional Chinese medicine doctors may use several types of treatment to restore qi balance.

Traditional Chinese medicine therapies include:

  • Acupuncture, which uses thin metal needles placed along the body's meridians.

  • Acupressure, which uses the hands or fingers to apply direct pressure to points along the body's meridians.

  • Chinese herbs, combinations of herbs, roots, powders, or animal substances to help restore balance in the body.

  • Cupping, which uses warm air in glass jars to create suction placed on areas of the body to help stimulate qi.

  • Diet. Yin and yang foods can help restore the yin-yang balance in the body.

  • Massage (tui na) on specific areas of the body or along the body's meridians.

  • Moxibustion, which uses small amounts of heated plant fibre (moxa, or Chinese mugwort) on specific areas of the body.

  • Qi gong, which uses movement, breathing techniques, and meditation.

Acupuncture and Cupping
Migraines / Headaches

Stress

Back Pain

Hormone Balancing

Menopause

Digestion

Sleep

Anxiety and Depression

Joint Pain

Immune System

Chronic Conditions