The Liberating Effects of Chua-Ka Massage

Chua-Ka is a type of Mongolian massage that is most similar to Tui Na massage. It is a deep tissue type of physiotherapy and is used to free tension and trapped pain in the body whilst liberating the mind and soul of its associated preoccupations and fears. Therefore, this type massage can be used to relieve psychological tensions as well as physical ailments.

According to the philosophy underlying Chua-ka, human beings are born supple and smooth. As we age, this suppleness and smoothness slowly disappear; painful spiritual, mental, and physical memories accumulate; and metabolic waste products deposits build up in our bodies. In Oriental medicine, the mind and body are one; everything that occurs in the mind is manifested in the body and vice versa.

Chua-ka massage works by liberating both the mind and body of these accumulated memories and wastes, which leads to a better sense of awareness and improved health. On your first visit, your Chua-ka therapist will take a history of your lifestyle, diet, and health. This is needed in order to come up with a plan of treatment that will address your specific needs.

During the massage therapy itself, your therapist will utilize certain thumb techniques in order to massage the deep tissues of your body. He may also apply smooth long strokes that help stimulate your circulatory system and facilitate the restoration of elasticity of your skin. The therapy is deep yet extremely gentle resulting in an overall sense of well-being.

During the massage, towels are used to provide warmth and comfort. For people who desire to experience improved health and greater self-awareness, Chua-ka is the best type of massage therapy to consider. It is quite effective for the following issues:

• Stress and associated symptoms
• Cellulite
• Digestive disorders
• Headaches and migraines
• Insomnia
• PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
• Muscle pain
• Back pain

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The Force Of Tai Chi

The earliest mention of the Great Ultimate or Tai Chi was in the Book of Change or I-Ching. According to legend, it was the Zhou dynasty’s first emperor, Zhou Wen Wang, who wrote it. Thus, I-Ching is also referred to as Zhou-Yi.

In Chinese, the “I” in I Ching means ‘change’ and hence as its name implies, the I-Ching asserts that life is a never ending series of changes. It is derived from the Chinese characters of the sun and the moon that respectively symbolizes yang and yin (positive and negative).

The I Ching has a passage that states, “The Great Ultimate has Changes that brings about the Two Elements. From the Two Elements comes the Four Phenomena while from the Four Phenomena comes the Eight Hexagrams, etc.”

The Great Ultimate or Tai Chi actually means the genesis, the beginning, or the earliest of all things and events. Some ancient Chinese people refer to it as the Universe.

In the I Ching, there is a part that says “The Way is the one yin and one yang.” This implies that everything and every event that has occurred, is occurring, and will occur in the universe, is due to the united and yet opposing energies of yin and yang.

This explains why Tai Chi engenders the Two Elements of yin and yang. If you carefully observe a Tai Chi diagram, which in Chinese, is referred to as the Two-Fishes diagram, you would see a circle separated into two equal sections. Tai Chi represents the circle, which is the entire Universe, and within this circle, there is the Yin and Yang or the Two Elements.

In Tai Chi, the separation of yin and yang implies the Universe has two opposing elements, which is symbolized by the black (yin) section and white (yang) section. However, the separation is a curved and not a straight separation implying that the two contrasting forces actually complement each other that helps to shape a whole circle.

Initially, this suggests that while these opposing forces are divided – they are also united in a manner that brings about a total completion or wholeness. The united and at the same time, opposing energies of yin and yang form the foundation of the philosophy of I-Ching. The concepts of I-Ching are used in Tai Chi, with the yin and yang forces being the most basic concepts to illustrate both the world’s meta-physical and physical aspects.

Secondarily, the curved separation implies that the Universe is in fluctuating balance or more specifically, the yin and yang elements in the Universe are in fluctuating balance. This is reflected in the I-Ching that states “The yang comes into being, when the yin becomes extreme and vice versa”.

Observe again the I-Ching diagram. If you go in a right direction around the diagram, you will notice that as one element grows more and more and attains its peak and the other elements start to grow in place. For instance, moving along the black side’s diameter, you may notice that the black becomes bigger and bigger and then suddenly decreases and the white this time starts to grow bigger and bigger then suddenly shrinks. This implies that as one force becomes extreme, the other force will start to grow.

Its Meaning in Life

In life, the dynamic behind yin and yang interaction simply means we need to have balance in all aspects of our lives, and not only applied on one or just a few. We need to have balance between the spiritual and material, between friends and family, between personal life and work, etc. The list is long. If not, disharmony will rule our lives.

Thirdly, within the Tai Chi diagram, the decreasing and growing changes of yin and yang suggests that a person’s life is in constant flux and this implies there is constant shift between low and high, sadness and happiness, sorrow and joy, bad and good, etc. In I-Ching, this is the principle of dualism.

There are always dual principles at play in all things and events. In life, there is no such thing as absolute bad or absolute good. What really matters is the amount of bad or good.

For instance, just because someone has no bad quality in him means that he/she is completely good or if a person has no good quality means that he/she has never done any ‘good’ at all. At some point in time, a “good” person may have done small bad deeds, and sometimes, a bad person may have acted or have performed small good deeds.

Also there may also be a negative side to some good things and conversely, some bad things may have positive sides in them. It all boils down to how we perceive the situation. This essentially is the meaning of the dualistic principles in I-Ching.

Going forward, each element in the I-Ching diagram contains a dot that is opposite its color. The white section has a black dot while the black section has a white dot. What does this mean? According to the I-Ching, From the Two Elements come the Four Phenomena. This verse implies that there is always an element of yang within the element of yin and within the element yang can be found some elements of yin as well.

It’s Importance in Life

The dot with an opposing color to a force it is in means that there always will be some opposing aspects in any things or events. Thus, in bad, there always will be some element of good and some good in bad, just like there’s some yang in the yin and yin in the yang. This is most clearly observed in sports where someone will win while others will lose. In good news, there will some bad news within, within joy, there’s some amount of sorrow, among winning, there’s also losing, etc.

People will always experience a blend of high and low, victory and defeat, joy and sadness, and good and bad in their lives. In life, positive and negative always come in one package.

If we want to truly learn in life, we need to give and take – and acknowledge the nature of life for what it is. Graciously and bravely accept the bad and revel in the good things. Doing so will help us live a more harmonious and balanced life.

The yin and yang principle of Tai Chi became a significant influence to the ancient Chinese. It was eventually integrated into their lifestyle, arts, religion, art of war, medicine, theories and philosophy. It has also become a part of Daoism, which some erroneously claim is where Tai Chi actually sprang from. The reverse is actually true.

Knowing the concepts of I-Ching can help people better understand and appreciate the nature of life itself which can help them face daily challenges and chores in a much more manageable and balanced way. Wishing you good fortune, harmony and success in your life and to paraphrase Obi-Wan-Kenobi, may the Force of Tai Chi be with you…always!

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Some Things To Know And Consider In Auriculotherapy

More popularly known as ear acupuncture, auriculotherapy uses the principles underlying acupuncture to certain points on the ear. According to auriculotherapists, the self healing functions of the body can be stimulated by the needling of specific points on the ear, as the ear holds lots of nerve endings and tiny capillaries that, when stimulated, impacts the functions of the body and organs.


Acupuncture originated in ancient China and is one of the world’s most ancient therapies. Ancient texts of Chinese medicine tell of specific massage procedures and acupuncture points for the ear. During ancient times, gold or silver earrings were sometimes recommended for eye problems to furnish continuous therapeutic stimulation at acupoints on the auricle or outer ear, a healing tradition that is still administered in some parts of the globe, including some regions in Europe. Both ancient Greeks and Egyptians prescribe to the belief that applying certain treatment to the ears could affect health. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, spoke of a point on the ear that could be surgically manipulated as a form of birth control measure. In the Middle Ages, European physicians recommended surgery on a specific part on the ear for an ailment known as sciatica that generates nerve pain in the thighs and hips.

In 1957, a French doctor named Paul Nogier published his work, Treatise of Auriculotherapy. In his work, he laid out a complex map of acupuncture points on the ear that conform to the processes and organs in the body. According to Dr. Nogier, the ear has a shape like that of an inverted human fetus, and the ear acupoints conform to the parts of the body of the shape of the fetus with the head represented by the earlobe. Nogier believed that when these ear acupoints are stimulated, the bodily processes and organs associated with them would be stimulated by neural pulses. By quantifying the pulses of electricity on the skin of the ear, Nogier believed that conditions can be uncovered in the internal organs, which means that auriculotherapy can be utilized to diagnose health conditions. Nogier and his supporters, including ear acupuncturists in China and America, performed clinical studies in auriculotherapy, and revealed certain surprising and major outcomes in both diagnosis and treatment of conditions.

The Benefits of Auriculotherapy

Auriculotherapy is a non-invasive, low-priced, and quick form of pain management and relief. During medical procedures, this practice is sometimes also used as anesthesia. It can help people overcome alcohol, tobacco, and drug addictions, and it works in the treatment of chronic diseases and health conditions.

The Treatment Process

Auriculotherapists first interview and then examine the patient before proceeding to the treatment itself. During the treatment, the therapist will examine the ears of the patient thoroughly. Then the therapist will use his hands to feel or palpate the patient’s ears to see if they have painful spots or irregularities. The therapist may look for areas that are numb or insensitive through the use of hot or cold needles on the ear. He may also avail of electrical instruments that measure skin resistance at ear acupoints.

During auriculotherapy, various other forms of treatment may be also used. The needles used are usually very thin. The treatment usually requires the use of more than one needle and it can be slightly inserted or inserted deeply along the folds of the ear. On certain acupoints, the therapist/practitioner may slant or twist the needles to increase the healing effects of the treatment. The needles are left in the patient’s ears for a few minutes to around 40 minutes or more.

There are auriculotherapists who may use permanent press needles. These needles are shaped like a tack and are small. They are sometimes taped to the ear where they will remain for a number of days to a few weeks. Those permanent press needles are used for problems such as longstanding (chronic infections and addictions.

Electroacupuncture is one type of acupuncture that is also used by auriculotherapists occasionally. Electroacupuncture involves the use of electrical gadgets that generate and transmit mild electrical pulses through the body or in the ear. It has been shown to work for various types of conditions including chronic pain, alcohol and drug addiction, and nerve damage or paralysis in the body. Some auriculotherapists also use a bleeding type of procedure in which one to two drops of blood are removed from specific acupoints on the ear. This technique is used for heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other types of health problems.


Like all forms of acupuncture, auriculotherapy, should never be administered on exhausted or weak individuals and neither on people who have just drunk alcohol or eaten a meal or are very hungry. This treatment should not be performed on pregnant women during the first six months of their pregnancy. After six months, these women can be allowed to undergo the treatment but only on very specific acupoints on the ear to alleviate and control pain. Children below seven years of age should not be given this treatment and extreme care should be taken when performing this procedure on elderly patients. Ear acupuncture is also contraindicated for people with anemia (low red blood cell count). Before treatment, patients with nervous problems need to be calmed down and relaxed. Acupressure and ear massage may be a better form of treatment for people who find acupuncture scary or painful.

Side effects

There are some side effects in acupuncture treatment. One common side effect is the discomforting feeling people experience during or after treatment. Other side effects of acupuncture that may be experienced post treatment include sharp pains on some parts of the body, profuse sweating, headaches, numbness, nausea, dizziness, and fainting. These responses can be the result of acupuncture needles being inserted into the wrong area or inserted too deeply or it can be due to anxiety. Taking out the needles and/or telling the patient to lie down can help allay these side effects. Other side effects that may be felt during treatment include a faster pulse and hot flashes. Some of the symptoms may increase but this is only very temporary and they typically vanish rapidly.

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The Many Uses of Cupping Therapy

Traditional Chinese medicine uses a technique known as cupping therapy to improve circulation and to cure aches, pain, and various types of illnesses. Cupping therapy involves the application of rounded cups upside-down over specific areas of the body. The cups are attached to the skin through a suction effect that leads to various therapeutic benefits.

What is Cupping Used For?

Oftentimes, cupping in Cleveland is used to quicken recovery from certain ailments and to alleviate inflammation, soreness, and muscle pain.

In the last decade, cupping therapy has become a popular practice in sports therapy for stiff joints and sore muscles. A lot of US Olympic athletes have been administered with this procedure prior to their performance in the Rio Olympics.

Cupping, in traditional Chinese medicine, is believed to stimulate the flow of chi or qi (life energy) and help resolve any imbalances arising from injury or illness. It is frequently used alongside with the Chinese massage therapy, Tuina and acupuncture, which are modalities used to stimulate acupuncture points.

What to Expect in Cupping Therapy?

During a cupping procedure, the practitioner may place a flammable material (such as alcohol or herbs) inside a cup, and then light up that material. When the flame dies, the practitioner rapidly puts the cup on the body upside-down over specific acupoints associated with the illness being treated.

Cupping therapy can also be conducted using an electrical or mechanical vacuum pump. The cup is attached to the pump and then placed on the skin to produce the suction.

The cups are left in place for about 5 to 10 minutes. During this time, the blood vessels dilate and boost blood flow.

Cupping therapy can also help detoxify the body by opening up the skin pores.

There is a type of therapy called “wet cupping” that entails the puncturing of the skin before the treatment process. During the treatment procedure, the blood moves out of the punctures and brings with it toxins from the body for elimination.

Cupping Therapy, Its Benefits

As of now, there has been little research done to validate cupping therapy’s efficacy in treating any health condition.

A 2009 review of a research evaluated seven trials testing cupping in people suffering from certain bodily pains (i.e., cancer pain and low back pain); the outcomes allegedly revealed that a great majority the studies were of poor quality.

In 2010, another research review was published that saw scientists analyze five studies that assessed cupping’s effectiveness in stroke rehabilitation. Despite the fact that the authors of the review found a lack of proof of cupping’s efficacy, a couple of studies did reveal cupping’s benefits to stroke patients. The therapy, for example, showed positive effects on muscle strength and shoulder pain.

The Side Effects of Cupping Therapy

In certain cases, cupping therapy may result burns, swelling, and/or pain. It can leave circular bruises or purplish round marks on the skin; these marks, however, start to vanish after several days although they may remain on the skin for 2 to 3 weeks.

Cupping shouldn’t be done on areas where the skin is broken, irritated, or inflamed.

In rare occasions, the treatment can cause skin pigmentation, panniculitis, keloids, iron-deficiency anemia, thrombocytopenia, acquired hemophilia or blisters.


Most people now want to try cupping therapy, after seeing celebrities and star Olympic athletes and sporting the trademark purple bruises. This is just one proof that cupping therapy does indeed provide several healing benefits for many people.

What Is Chinese Nutritional Therapy?

You’d be well advised to seek ancient Chinese healing modalities if you are searching for more natural supplements and healing methods to attain wellbeing and good health.

Chinese nutritional therapy in Reading or Chinese dietary therapy weaves nutrition and the principles of Chinese medical tradition together.

Long recognized by the Chinese as a healing therapy, food has been used to treat both acute and chronic imbalances that can help people live healthy, strong, and long lives. The different types of foods have been evaluated and classified based on their inherent energetic, seasonal, and taste characteristics. Documentation about food therapy is believed to have started as far back 2000 BC, although its actual documentation was discovered during 500 BC.

Chinese food therapy, simply put, entails the usage of specific foods to assist in the healing of certain health conditions or to aid in the maintenance of healthy bodily functions. Food therapy experts follow the principle of yin and yang in food. The body’s heat is decreased or the metabolism of the body is lowered when eating yin foods; on the other hand, yang foods are known to boost metabolism and add to the heat of the body.

According to the Chinese, foods can be grouped into four categories: meats, fruits, vegetables, and grains.

Dairy products have no classification in Chinese nutritional therapy. They are deemed to be unfit for consumption for humans. Eating a balanced diet on a daily basis will consist of the following combinations of food: 10 -15 % meats, 30 -40% vegetables, and 40% grains. The rest of the food is made up of fruits and nuts.

Foods, in Chinese nutritional therapy, are classified even further according to taste. There are five types of taste: sour, sweet, bitter, salty, and pungent. Each of these tastes is known to directly affect a specific body organ.

• The sour flavor enters and affects the gallbladder and liver.
• The sweet flavor enters the abdomen and spleen.
• The bitter flavor enters the small intestine and heart.
• The salty flavor enters the bladder and kidney.
• The pungent flavor enters the large intestine and lungs.

When foods are eaten moderately, they positively affect the organ, but if they’re over consumed, they negatively affect the organ they are associated with.

The sweet and pungent flavors are deemed to be warming and are yang flavors. They course energy outward and upward within the body. All the other three flavors–sour, salty, and bitter–are cooling and yin-related. They move energy inward and lower within the body.

Therefore, when you use the abovementioned information, you can, for example, use cooling foods to balance out overheated conditions. For individuals who feel very cold, warming foods are ideal. You can use foods that are building if you are lacking or deficient in something.

The practitioners and adherents of Chinese nutritional therapy believe in the axiom “you are what you eat.”

A cure for a cough can be a basic example of how Chinese nutritional therapy works. A Cantonese remedy for a cough involves the eating of dried duck gizzards, watercress, and apricot kernels. The components are cooked slowly for several hours, and for flavor, a bit of pork can be added (chicken or beef can’t be used because they can counteract the healing qualities of the watercress). The watercress eliminates the inordinate levels of yang in the body, while the apricots target the lungs and duck gizzards help balance the yin yang of the food concoction.

To cure cough caused by hot lungs, pears can be a proper food remedy. They are slightly sour and quite sweet and have a cooling disposition as well as a unique connection to the lungs. They’re able to clear excess mucus and heat, while dispelling and moistening the lungs. However, for people with a feeble digestive system, this food may not be good for their condition.

Chinese nutritional therapy transcends the basic idea of carbohydrates and proteins in the Western concept of food. Chinese nutritional therapy can be as complex or simple as we make it. It relies a lot on common sense and as with any type of therapy, should be used with a bit of caution. Acupuncturists usually recommend food to their patients based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis of the patient since it is inherent in Chinese medicine to treat the person as a whole and not merely the symptoms that are currently manifesting.

You should allocate a little bit of time to learn the wisdom of Chinese medicine—you’d be surprised how much it can benefit your health.

What Tea Is Better, Black Or Green Tea?

For over three thousand years, the Chinese people have been drinking tea which is widely believed to be a right step to a long and healthy life. Current medical studies have revealed drinking tea on a regular basis may help boost the immune system and your metabolism, prevent diabetes, lessen the likelihood of strokes, cancer, or heart disease, and reduce bad cholesterol (LDL Cholesterol). It can also lessen the likelihood of developing Alzheimers. So based on these studies, tea is a very good beverage to drink.

But one might wonder just what tea is the healthiest or best for the body?

Some researchers have discovered that black and green tea actually originated from one plant: Camellia Sinensis. So black and green tea are essentially the same, the main difference is how they are made. Black tea is the product of fermentation while green tea does not go through this process. A lot of the beneficial qualities of the tea are damaged, reduced or lost during the process of fermentation.

Current studies reveal black tea has the ingredients thearubigins and theaflavins which are extremely beneficial for the human body as it can boost health. However, these studies are still awaiting further breakthroughs.

One other study has revealed food processed through fermentation can produce a chemical known as urethane (ethyl carbonate). According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization, ethyl carbonate can cause cancer; therefore based on this information, green tea is a much healthier option than black tea.

But regardless of these findings, it is always a good thing to always eat and drink foods and fluids in moderation. There is no such thing as a perfect food and the medical world is still awaiting significant breakthroughs in clinical research. Green tea is not perfect as it also contains caffeine that can generate some health issues and risks.

Studies on Black Tea

The National Institute of Public Health and the Environment of the Netherlands sponsored a study that discovered a relationship between the reduced risk of suffering a stroke and the drinking of black tea. Reviewers of the study have examined the health benefits of foods that contain high amounts of phytonutrients called flavonoids that have antioxidant qualities. Seventy percent of the flavinoids came from the black tea while the rest were derived from vegetables and fruits. The study lasted 15 years and observed 552 men. The reviewers concluded that the black tea-derived flavonoids helped decrease the creation of “bad” cholesterol LDL that is believed to significantly contribute to heart attacks and strokes. Moreover, men who took more than four cups of black tea a day had a substantially reduced chance of stroke compared to men who only drank two – three cups a day.

Facts about Green Tea

Green tea contains medicinal properties from an antioxidant it contains called EGCG that is known to help address a number of health conditions.

The caffeine in green tea is a stimulant that studies show can boost focus, moods, and brain function of a person. Compared to coffee, the caffeine content of green tea isn’t strong. Green tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that is known to relieve anxiety and enhance the function of the brain.

Drinking green tea on a regular basis can help improve physical performance and burn fat faster.

Your teeth can also benefit when you drink green tea. Green tea has an antioxidant called catechins that can help prevent the rise of influenza and can also destroy bacteria in the mouth.

A total of 40,530 adults participated in a study done in Japan. The study showed that the subjects who drank five cups or more of green tea were substantially less liable to die over a period of 10 years. The decrease in the probability of death from all causes, on average, was 12 percent in men and 23 percent in women.

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Asian Medicinal Practices And Treatment Of Erectile Dysfunction

For those who are aware modern medical practices can cause harmful effects, having an optional recourse to alternative treatments in Pembroke Pines for ED or Erectile Dysfunction would be extremely advantageous and convenient. Conventional medicine therapies from various parts of the world do suggest different approaches to ED, which are as effectual as they could get.

Inasmuch as modern medicine suggest a number of treatments for Erectile Dysfunction, they come with certain health complications and possibilities of side effects, while at the same time traditional therapies may resolve erection problems without inflicting any further discomfort or trouble.

Bedroom health is taken very seriously by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. To treat ED, they commonly use Horny Goat Weed or Yin Yang Huo, a potent herbal remedy against ED. The plant is actually considered a general sexual booster as it not only helps resolve erection problems, but enhances sexual energy and relieves menopausal symptoms as well.

Ginseng, which contains Ginsenosides, a powerful ingredient that can cure Erectile Dysfunction, is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to widen the blood vessels and address erectile weaknesses. Long considered to help cure ED, Asian Ginseng or Korean Red Ginseng can also enhance the overall mental and physical health and performance of both men and women.

Weak blood flow is usually the underlying cause of impotence and lovemaking problems in men. Ginkgo Biloba is one of the best herbs for promoting blood circulation in the body and is also considered a powerful antioxidant. This medicinal herb also has other benefits that include better memory and enhancement in the metabolism of brain cells.

Massage therapy is also widely known to increase circulation. Sensual massage using oils imbued with herbs can provide health benefits that can actually cure Erectile Dysfunction. Essential oil infused with Damiana Leaves is considered a powerful aphrodisiac that can treat male impotence.

Lavender and Idaho Tansy are powerful mood enhancing herbs that besides alleviating ED syndromes can also generate an overall sense of well being. Prior to sexual intercourse, adding these herbs to a warm bath can certainly sexually arouse your partner.

It is widely considered that in the treatment of male impotence, it is only traditional Asian medicinal practices that recommend aphrodisiacs as a remedy. However, for hundreds of years, Europeans have actually used various medicinal plant and herbs to cure Erectile Dysfunction. Black cohosh root, ginger root, valerian root, damiana leaf, licorice root, and red raspberry leaf are just some of the plants and herbs that have been used by Europeans to treat impotence in men.

A few people are aware that Erectile Dysfunction is in fact more of a psychological condition rather than a physical one. Besides directly addressing male erection weaknesses, the abovementioned remedies can also help produce powerful orgasms, increase the strength of the genitals, enhance fertility, and boost the level of excitement felt during all phases of sexual activity.

What Are The Uses And Benefits of Moxibustion?

The FDA has recently announced a plan of carrying out tighter controls on the use of hydrocodone-based painkillers such as Vicodin. According to statistics gathered by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) since 1999, there has been a triple increase in sales of prescription painkillers and 75 percent of prescription drug overdoses are due to prescription painkilling drugs. Since 1999, there has been a 265 percent rise in prescription painkiller overdoses deaths in men and a 400 percent rise in women.

During 2010, a total of two million individuals used prescription pain medication to get high and they got it without a prescription. These statistics are very concerning and many acupuncturists have been treating a lot of patients suffering from chronic injuries who were addicted to painkilling drugs.

The fact is, for healing injuries and relief of pain, there are a lot of much safer alternatives around that works just as well or even better than prescription analgesics. A lot of acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners use a holistic treatment known as Moxibustion that is highly effective in the treatment of chronic pain.

If you’re suffering from chronic pain, you can find relief with the natural treatment of moxibustion that can help ease ailments minus the side effects of drugs and surgery. Many alternative health practitioners find it extremely effective in treating knee arthritis and low back pain.

Moxibustion is a healing technique entailing the burning of a moxa plant or herb near or over an acupuncture point to boost the flow of energy or Qi and blood to alleviate pain and accelerate the process of healing.

To use the moxa herb, the practitioner grinds it first into a paste. It is then burned on acupuncture needles or on the skin of the patient.

History of Moxibustion

Moxibustion was believed to originate in China where, according to some authors, was extensively used by the legendary Chinese physician Bian Tsue around 500 BC. The treatment was designed to address chronic conditions on patients who were too feeble to tolerate acupuncture treatment.

Moxibustion has been and still is commonly practiced in Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan. While the treatment is deemed to be a type of acupuncture, researchers believe that moxibustion actually came first. Oftentimes, acupuncturists use the two treatments simultaneously for maximum relief of pain.

Used and Benefits of Moxibustion

Initially, moxibustion was used to promote healing and prevent sickness. Nowadays, practitioners apply it to improve the flow of blood to injured parts of the body to bring about relief. It also helps stimulate acupoints and balances the circulation of Qi.

The burning moxa gives out warmth akin to that generated by heating pads or a heat lamp. The warmth can be helpful for easing stiffness caused by arthritis; it also helps improve circulation and relaxes the muscles whilst providing a soothing effect.
Diarrhea, menstrual cramping, and stomach pain, can all be treated with moxibustion which can be combined with other substances such as ginger. It is extremely important that you get treatment from a qualified and experienced practitioner if you’re planning to avail yourself of this type of treatment for you own specific needs.

The Two Types of Moxibustion Treatment

Moxibustion treatment has two types: Direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, the moxa is directly burned on the skin. Because of the high risk of burn injury, it is rarely used in the United States although Chinese practitioners believe that the burn and subsequent scars are indispensible and essential aspects of the therapy.

The herbal paste in indirect therapy is wrapped into what is called a moxa pole, which is shaped like a cigar. The pole is burned and held from the skin an inch or two away. Above the acupoint, the pole’s burning tip is moved in small circles until the treatment sites get a little warm and red. To slowly generate a sensation of heat, the treatment is administered for 5 to 10 minutes. This is time enough to allow the therapeutic effects of oils and heat from the moxa to go through the skin without burning the skin. Independent of the heat, the oils have properties that penetrate and stimulate blood.

There is a third type of moxibustion that combines the use of acupuncture with indirect moxibustion. In this type of treatment, while a needle is inserted into an acupoint, the moxa is heated on top of the acupuncture needle. This technique is designed to send heat to a certain acupoint through the acupuncture needle. A treatment plan that combines acupuncture and moxibustion together is actually what most acupuncturists utilize for faster and much more effective amelioration of pain.

For optimal outcomes, heat or warmth needs to be directed to a specific acupoint for a certain length of time. It is common to see people to experience immediate relief but for some, several sessions are needed to attain enduring benefits.

Moxibustion, Its Physiological Effects

Warmth is increased from the burning herb which stimulates the proper acupuncture points and helps relieve pain which leads to good health and overall well being. The mugwort herb is a naturally booster blood movement and can regulate menses (i.e., an emmenogogue).

Practitioners of Chinese medicine think that the burning moxa enhances a certain frequency of infrared energy that augments the qi or life force of the body that in turn, spurs the self healing ability of the body. They also believe that using indirect heat to certain acupuncture points can lead to a more efficient metabolism and a stronger immune system.

Eradicating Pain with Moxibustion Therapy

In the treatment of all kind of injuries, moxibustion treatment is a very powerful technique to use. It is an ideal treatment after the acute phase of the injury, once the swelling and heat has subsided. It can be successfully used in specific acupuncture points for tendon and muscle injuries, joint problems such as knee arthritis, and for back pain.

It can also be very useful also in resolving menstrual cramping and muscle stiffness. Most health experts recommend moxibustion combined with acupuncture in Austin for back pain relief. It can also be a powerful treatment when combined with cupping therapy or acupressure.

Precautions /Contraindications

As the hot elements in indirect moxibustion therapy can be safely handled in a controlled setting, this type of moxibustion is quite safe to use. It you want to have a really safe treatment and still get the maximum benefits of the therapy, you can shield your skin from the burning effect of the heat by using a small slice of ginger to place on your skin.

Avoid moxibustion therapy:

o If you have heat, redness, and active inflammation
o If you have a fever
o If you have ulcerations or open skin lesions
o On the lower back and stomach area if you are pregnant
o If you suffer from diabetic neuropathy or you have poor skin sensitivity
o If you suffer from respiratory problems or are sensitive to smoke; your practitioner can use smokeless moxa sticks if you have either or both of these problems.

The Uses of Moxibustion:

1. An injured area that is cold to touch can be warmed (in Ayurvedic medicine, this is known as kapha and Vata condition). This condition is usually present in chronic injuries where damp weather or cold makes the pain worse.
2. To eliminate congestion and blockages caused accumulated fluids and blood after an injury.
3. Lessen stiffness, pain, and swelling.

The Many Uses And Benefits of Moxibustion Therapy

The traditional Chinese medicine technique known as moxibustion involves the burning of a small, spongy herb called to promote healing. Moxibustion has been used thousands of years all over Asia. Interestingly, acupuncture’s actual Chinese character literally translates to “acupuncture-moxibustion.” As with practically all forms of traditional Chinese medicine, the aim of moxibustion is to stimulate the flow of blood and qi, tonify the blood, and preserve general well-being and health.

Does Moxibustion Hurt? What Are The Types of Moxibsution?

Moxibustion has two types: direct and indirect. In the first type, a small amount of moxa shaped like cone is placed directly on top of an acupuncture point in the body and burned. There are two types of direct moxibustion: non-scarring and scarring. In non-scarring moxibustion, the moxa is placed on the acupoint and lit, but before it burns the skin it is the fire is extinguished and the moxa removed. The patient experiences a heating sensation that’s extremely pleasant and that deeply penetrates deep the skin. The patient does not get scarred or blistered nor experience any pain provided the moxa is removed at the appropriate time. The moxa, in scarring moxibustion, is placed on an acupoint, lit, and remains on the acupoint until it completely burns out. This usually results localized scarring and blisters after treatment.

Obviously indirect moxibustion is the more popular form of moxibustion therapy as it has much lower risk of burning and pain. During indirect moxibustion, the practitioner burns one end of a moxa stick that’s the size and shape of a cigar, and several minutes holds it close to the treatment sites until they become reddish. Another type of indirect moxibustion combines the use of moxa and acupuncture treatment. A needle is applied into an acupoint and left in place there. The needle’s tip is then wrapped in moxa and lit up, producing heat into the acupoint as well as on the surrounding area. After results are felt, the fire is killed and the needle is taken out.

What Are The Uses of Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that is used to treat stagnant or cold conditions in people. Moxa is burned to warm the energy vessels (meridians) and remove cold in the body resulting in smoother flow of qi (energy) and blood. Moxibustion is sometimes used in Western medicine, to help turn breech babies and bring them into a normal head-down position just before delivery. In 1998, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a landmark study that showed up to three quarter of women with breech presentations prior to delivery after receiving moxibustion at a Bladder meridian acupoint had fetuses that turned to the normal position. Other research showed that moxibustion in pregnant women led to an increase in the movement of their fetus, and when used alongside traditional acupuncture therapy in Vancouver, can lessen menstrual cramping symptoms.

Relevant Questions Related To Acupuncture and Cancer And Cancer Therapies

New studies show that the ancient Chinese form of healing known as acupuncture works as good, or sometimes, even better than Western modern medicine in relieving the side effects of breast cancer therapies. The studies indicate that acupuncture, which has been around for tens of hundreds of years, can provide cancer patients lots of much-needed relief.

To be clear, we need to understand that acupuncture does not cure cancer, but it can relieve many of the symptoms related to this disease. It’s worth trying and after two or three sessions, your symptoms do not get better, you can discontinue the treatment without suffering any adverse withdrawal effects.

If you don’t know what to tell your acupuncturist, no need to worry. All you need to do is just explain to him or her about your problem. Your acupuncturist will know what to do. In order to have a successful and safe treatment, it is important that you seek out a licensed and qualified acupuncturist who has experience treating your condition. If you are looking for a practitioner who has experience treating cancer related symptoms and the side effects of cancer treatments, here are some helpful tips to follow:

First, you can go online and go to the website of NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). It can help you find qualified and certified acupuncturists near your area. Medical doctors who also have a license to practice acupuncture generally note this by adding “LAc” after their MD title. Presently, there is no system credentialing acupuncturists trained in oncology. You may also be able to talk to some oncologists who know acupuncturists who specialize in treating patients with cancer.

As mentioned just a short while ago, you need to choose an acupuncturist who is licensed or certified. Plus, the acupuncturist must have experience or training working with people with cancer. Training and certification for certified acupuncturists is actually offered by the integrative medicine department of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Some important integrative medicine centers may also provide similar training.

Can any acupuncturist treat cancer patients?

You need experience and knowledge in treating cancer patients. You need an acupuncturist who is knowledgeable with cancer diagnoses and the associated implications for acupuncture therapy. The acupuncturist should also be familiar with conventional cancer therapies (radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery), the precautions that should be taken, and the therapies’ side effects.

How many sessions do you need in order to decide whether acupuncture works for you or not?

The number of sessions may vary based on the patient’s condition and symptoms. There are patients who may only need a single or a couple of sessions to obtain significant relief. But for hot flashes and other symptoms, you may need to undergo 10 – 20 sessions to get maximal benefits. It seems that acupuncture’s positive effects are cumulative.

Potentially anyone can try acupuncture. It may not be a proper modality for people who have a condition that makes them easily bleed or get infected. It may not be for pregnant women or people suffering from lymphedema. Acupuncture has minimal risks and the needles used for treatment are sterilized and used only once.

What are the uses of acupuncture?

When it comes to cancer symptoms and the side effects of cancer therapies, acupuncture can be very beneficial for cancer patients suffering from fatigue, pain, and nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy and post-surgery,. Recent research shows acupuncture’s ability to relieve musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain (usually suffered by neck and head cancer patients) and lessen extreme dry mouth (xerostomia) following radiation therapy. Acupuncture has also shown to help alleviate neuropathic pain related to nerve damage or to certain forms of chemotherapy.

How long does an acupuncture procedure last?

Typically, a session of acupuncture lasts for about 20 to 45 minutes. During your initial visit though, an extra 30 minutes may be needed. Your acupuncturist will ask you a series of questions related to your condition. Then, he or she will perform a physical examination on you. During the treatment itself, 10 to 20 single use and sterile needles will be inserted into selected acupoints in your body. To augment the therapeutic effects, your acupuncturist may manipulate the needles. During and after the session, most people report a feeling of relaxation and a calm mind.

Do acupuncture needles cause pain?

The needles used in acupuncture are made of stainless steel. These needles are a lot thinner than the ones used in hospitals. Acupuncture needles do not cause pain when inserted into your body. During treatment, if any soreness any discomfort is felt, your practitioner can alter the needle’s position to eliminate the discomfort.

What are the side effects of acupuncture?

Side effects from acupuncture are very rare but if they occur, they involve irritation, minor bleeding, and bruises at the site of insertion.

Are the typical hot flashes of menopause similar to the hot flashes side effect of chemotherapy?

You acupuncturist will devise a specific treatment plan based on your symptoms. The cause of the hot flashes induced by chemotherapy is not the same as the hot flashes related to menopause. For each cause, different acupoints may be used.

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