The Right Acupressure Methods Can Provide The Same Outcomes As Cosmetic Surgery

Our bodies are constantly being taxed by the demands of modern technology. People in offices work for many hours in front of their computers, straining their eyes to see the screen and typing away at a computer keyboard; all these eventually result in shallow breathing, backaches, stiff neck, tense shoulders, and repetitive afflictions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Never-ending work demands and a sedentary way of life have become chief causes of the obesity outbreak in the US. Poor posture, lack of exercise, chronic muscle tension, stress at home and/or at work, and bad eating habits have played a very big role in the rise of apathy, depression, and lethargy among many people in society. Acupressure can realign your internal systems, rebalance your body, and enable you to get by with the vicissitudes of modern life by restoring balance to your body and realigning your internal body.

The Procedures of Acupressure – Basis of Healing

This natural healing modality has no side effects whatsoever. The only tool or equipment you need is your hands. The pressure points that have been identified by Chinese medicine are manipulated by your own or your acupressure therapist’s hands to release natural pain relieving chemicals or hormones in your body called endorphins. These neurotransmitters come from the pituitary gland and are disseminated through the cerebral and spinal fluid into the bloodstream.

Merely applying firm steady pressure on an acupressure point for a few minutes will release those pain-relieving chemicals. Acupressure therapists think that the endorphins contribute in a major way in the promotion of both physical and emotional healing.

Pain and tension tend to build up at acupressure points. Muscular tension gives way to finger pressure as an acupoint is held. The muscle fibers lengthen allowing blood to circulate smoothly as the muscle relaxes. Toxins residing and accumulating in the muscle fibers are also freed and eliminated. When a person’s electrical and biological energies and his blood move freely within his body he experiences improved health and a greater sense of harmony. As a result, his symptoms are cured.

Acupressure Procedures – Specialized Points

Acupressure points possess extremely sensitive electrical conductivity at the skin surface.
The basic assumption of acupressure therapy is that applying pressure on a point permits and frees up chi or life energy to move smoothly through the body. Scientists use microvolt meters to quantify and prove the existence of this chi energy. These devices are able to monitor the waning and waxing of electrical charge in a person’s body.

The energy channels that connect acupressure points to the internal organs and to one another are called meridians. These meridians are where healing chi energy travels through all the systems of the body. The human body has twelve primary meridians that extend to both sides of the body and interact with certain organs. They comprise a system that connects the organs with all neural stimulation. In one part of the body, a certain acupressure point can transmit healing information via the meridian channel to other parts of the body. Bearing a certain amount of pressure on the appropriate points stimulates the motion of energy. These points are relatively remote from the part of the body that will receive the healing benefit.

The nexus of our emotions is located in the limbic system. This system needs energy to circulate through the meridians to properly function. Stress that brings about emotional strain slows down this energy flow. The ensuing tension builds up at the acupressure points. Blood circulation is reduced and disrupts bodily functions in the area as the tension from emotional stress increases.

Appropriate healing of the acupressure points on the body can resolve conflicts within the body and restore health.

This is a short summary of how acupressure is used and how it can eliminate toxins in the muscles and skin and ameliorate stresses successfully which leads to the rejuvenation of the skin to generate a more attractive youthful appearance.

Why need to subject yourself to painful and potentially dangerous surgery when you can avail yourself of acupressure facelift therapy that employs the right acupressure methods that can provide the same outcomes as surgery.

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

The Various Healing Forms Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The third oldest type of medicine in the world is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This ancient system of healing includes treatment modalities such as meditation techniques, diet therapy, Tui Na massage, herbal medicine, and acupuncture in Jacksonville to heal the body. TCM has been used for thousands of years and the fact that it is still used today just proves its real effectiveness and usefulness as a form of healthcare.

The very foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine is natural medicine. A practitioner of Chinese medicine can provide a lot of medicinal herbs that have been studied and used over several centuries. The utilization of these herbs includes pharmacology and diagnostics, and is especially customized to the needs of the person. The idea of treating the root of the problem or the underlying problem of the patient is a very important tenet of Chinese Medicine. The within the person the branch of symptoms displayed are external signs of a profound root cause. When the underlying cause of the problem is being resolved the “branches” will unfailingly clear up.

In this vast traditional system of healthcare is acupuncture whose beginnings go as far back as 2,500 years ago, in the Han Dynasty where it was developed. Ancient Chinese doctors historically used acupuncture to balance the natural energy system of the body. People would succumb to “dis-ease” when this system becomes out of balance.

In the West as in Modern China today, Acupuncture is utilized used as a stand-alone therapy or an integrative medicine to treat a broad spectrum of problems. This therapy involves the sticking of small non-invasive needles into predetermined anatomical points scattered across the body. A naturally occurring healing response is created when acupuncture needles are applied into specific acupuncture points. Acupuncture encourages the body to enhance its functions and bring about natural healing.

A traditional healing art that has been used for hundreds of years in the Orient is Cupping. This form of treatment is ideal for improving the flow of blood in the body and to alleviate inflammation. It technique works by creating a suction effect through the placement of heated glass cups over the skin. The cup generates a sucking on the skin, stimulating the area, and strengthening blood flow.


In direct moxibustion: mugwort or moxa herb shaped like a cone is placed over the acupuncture point. Moxibustion is deemed to be one of TCM’s very best therapies. In a study conducted was at Kyushu University in Japan, it was seen that moxibustion specifically affects the immune system. Japanese physician Dr. Shimetaro recognized its benefits as early as 1927. Beyond Japan, however, it is never administered on a regular basis. Direct moxibustion tends to cause undesirable results like scars and burns, and blistering on the site of the treatment. To prevent this problem from occurring, some practitioners choose burning moxa between medium (topical paste, slice ginger, etc.) before the flame reaches the skin. Direct Moxibustion should not be recommended due to the probable outcome directly derived from the primary effect of such therapy.

The Healing Art Of Wet Cupping Or Hijamah

Derived from the Arabic word “ha ja ma,” Hijamah means “to lessen in quantity.” It alludes to the suction procedure used to draw blood from the body or to decrease the amount of blood in the body. The sayings of the prophet Mohammed concerning hijamah indicates to the pulling of blood from the body for healing purposes, either to cure a specific ailment or illness or to maintain health.

The suction or vacuum effect can be attained through various processes including the utilization of instruments such as animal horns that were used during ancient times, the use of a leech to suck blood over a wound (especially in instances of poisonous bites) or a cut, or the use of more modern techniques such as bamboo, plastic or glass cups either with a suction pump mechanism or with fire.

The process of employing a partial vacuum through these methods causes the tissues within the cup to be pulled up and swell, thereby boosting the flow of blood to the problem area. This blood flow boost draws toxins and impurities out from the adjacent organs and tissues and towards the skin surface where it can be eliminated through cracks in the skin layer that were created by incisions made before the cup was applied.

Though, among English speaking people, Hijamah is usually interpreted as “cupping”, this translation is not really an exact one because in the modern sense, cupping can refer to a both wet (which is precisely Hijamah) and “dry” (no blood is shed or eliminated) procedure. Cupping is a healing technique that uses cups to generate a vacuum effect at the surface of the skin in order to pull blood to the surface that can then be eliminated, in the case of “wet” cupping.

History shows that the ancient Egyptians were the first people to practice Hijamah. Around 1550 BC, one of the most ancient Egyptian medical documents was written. It described the use of “bleeding” to ‘expel pathogens from the body’. There is proof that bloodletting was used as a remedy for virtually any type of disease and an important way of maintaining good life and health.

Two of history’s greatest advocates of Hijamah were Galen and Hippocrates. According to Galen, the principal objective for bloodletting is to divert blood or remove residues from one part of the body to another. Two Unani ideas that were accepted at that time were the bases of his approach. In one idea, blood doesn’t flow well in the body, and eventually becomes stagnant until it was “drawn out.” The other idea believed that the balance of the four humors (yellow bile, black bile, phlegm, and blood) was the basis of illness or health, in which instance bloodletting can be availed of to foster balance between the humors. Galen was able to map out the body’s blood vessels and would cut his patients in different regions of the body, based on what region of the body he needed to treat.

Bloodletting during the time of Hippocrates was not used in accordance with the 4 humors theory. For certain illnesses, specific points were bled.

Wet cupping and bloodletting practice in the East always was an essential component of the medical practices, and to this day, remains so. According to the ancient Chinese medical text, the Inner Classic or Nei jing, “stagnation must first be addressed before bloodletting before the use of moxibustion or acupuncture.”

However, by the mid to late 18th century, bloodletting was very much excoriated by the medical establishment which led to its falling away as a commonly used treatment method. As the technique was not being administered appropriately, it became culpable for a large number of deaths and thus was even more criticized by modern medicine. In order to attain medical dominance, modern medicine also started to vilify other long established traditional treatments.

But in the last two to three decades among the Muslim communities, there was an enormous revival in the healing art of Hijamah, and in countries such as the UK, courses are being offered to both the public and medical practitioners.

While Hijamah is a medical technique involving the handling of body fluids and blood and thus has various applications in the treatment of disease and for general health, it should be administered by someone who has been trained in Hijamah as well as in the related medical sciences so as to avert unwanted after effects from the treatment.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

What Is The Human Energy Channel (Meridian) System?

A human being, from the point of view of traditional Chinese medicine, is a small universe in itself. The reality of the human energy channel (meridian) system, with its collaterals and pathways, was ascertained by relentless observations of an entire human being and by compiling the outcomes of such observations. The human body’s meridian system is no other than an invisible entity composed of interconnected and definite pathways by which vital energy called chi is transported. It cannot be empirically proven even if you dissect a cadaver looking for it, because in that manner anatomy would take a mere lifeless body of flesh as its object of study. The concept of the meridian system of the human body has been shown to be a reality in the course of thousands of years of medical practice. The Chinese medical system of medical massage, moxibustion, acupuncture, and deep-breathing exercises were all established based on the theory of the meridian system of the human body.

Scholars and scientists of Traditional Chinese medicine thousands of years ago discovered that there were close associations between time and man and between the seasons and man.

Why is it that many healthy people early in the morning rush to the lavatory to make stool? According to Traditional Chinese medicine, the human body has 12 meridians in this energy channel system and that each of these meridians, has its main period of day for passage. As five to seven a.m. is the period at which the movement of chi in the body enters the meridian of the large intestine, a great number of people feel the need to pass stool at this time period. In a related manner, why do some individuals talk of the need to “adjust the time difference”? That’s because energy passes through each channel based on what time of the day it is. People intuitively feel an urge to do some adjustment of their daily habits when they arrive at a new place, in order for their body to become accustomed to the changes of the main time when energy passes through each of the meridians.

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners are able to evaluate the internal health condition of a patient by interpreting the patient’s external characteristics. But how do they do it?

We can use as an example a simple observation of the internal condition of a watermelon when we want to purchase one from among dozens of watermelons at a market stall. A stallholder in China typically provides his customers gratuitous service which means you will have a wide variety of good products to choose from. People who plant and sell watermelons all their lives would have the knowledge and experience to pick the best watermelon in that stall. In a similar way, experienced practitioners of Chinese medicine can visually evaluate the internal condition of their patient by relying on their personal experience, apart from their knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine, which is very crucial in their profession. The natural science that is traditional Chinese medicine has a long history of evolution that involved never ending observation and practice.

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Studies Show That Acupressure Can Help Lessen Relaxations Of The Lower Esophageal Sphincter

Acupressure is acupuncture minus the needles. Certain parts and organs of the body can be treated successfully through the use of pressure to the acupoints indicated by ancient Chinese medicine. In this type of medicine, the vital energy flowing in the energy channels system called Qi and Yin and Yang is brought into harmony and balance enabling the body to heal itself.

For more than two thousand years, Traditional Chinese acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of digestive disorders. Studies conducted recently indicate that electrical acupoint stimulation, acupressure, and acupuncture applied to the P6 (Pericardium 6) acupuncture point can help lessen the relaxations of the LES or lower esophageal sphincter. LES relaxation is the main reason for acid reflux. Research on electrical acupoint stimulation revealed a 40 percent decrease of these LES relaxations in a majority of the cases studied. This is an amazing assertion and could be the start of one of the most important finding ever made for acid reflux treatment.

The P6 acupoint, which in Chinese is named the Neiguan point, is found between the two tendons on the wrist’s underside. The P6 is found in the midpoint of the middle about two finger-widths from the crease where the arm and hand meet.

What is the Lower Esophageal Sphincter?

The lower esophageal sphincter or LES is a muscular valve located between the esophagus and stomach. It opens up to enable foods and liquids to enter into the stomach. A well functioning LES shuts tightly preventing gastric fluids in the stomach to flow back to the esophagus. But if the LES relaxes when it shouldn’t acid reflux occurs. There can be several factors that can cause the LES to relax: stress, chocolate, tobacco, alcohol, carbonated beverages, alcohol, and acidic foods, to name a few.

Administering acupressure to the P6 point has been used for thousands of years to alleviate nausea and vomiting. It has been recently used to treat postsurgical nausea, morning sickness in pregnant women, sea sickness, and traveler’s motion sickness.

Your fingers are your main tools in performing acupressure. Remember that when you employ pressure to the P6 point, you should feel a sensation of slight numbness instead of a sharp pain. All the pressure points are either beside or in between tendons, ligaments, and bones. You will never find them on arteries, blood vessels, or bones, but beside or between depressions.

The Neiguan or P6 point interestingly, can also be used to treat acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, and even migraines, fever, epilepsy, chest pain, and insomnia. Activating this point may produce varying levels of health benefits to the entire body.

In Chinese medicine theory, the acupoints are connected to the internal channels of energy and when these points are stimulated, it speeds up the flow of energy. Allopathic treatments, on the other hand, are just starting to understand these principles. They ascribe the positive effects of acupuncture to chemicals released by the central nervous system and nerve signals in the body, although they cannot fully explain how it works. In due time, Western medical science will hopefully catch up with those age-old healing modalities.

Acupuncture really does work regardless if you believe in it or not. It is absolutely pain free and extremely relaxing. The acupuncture needles used are so thin that when they’re stuck in the skin, you would hardly feel any sensation. Acupressure is an alternative and simple variation of acupuncture by which we can heal illness minus expensive acupuncture sessions and the use of needles. You can use it on yourself or on others. It also works extremely well in animals and pets.

People suffering from gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) can try P6 wrist bands that can be purchased online to relieve their condition. Placing the wrist band on your wrist can help lessen acid reflux, since the wrist is where the P6 point is exactly located. This band is worth trying even if you just have a 35 percent chance of success.

Besides the internet, GERD wrist bands can also be purchased at health food stores at reasonable prices. You can also get a massage from a Boynton Beach therapist or practitioner who specializes in acupressure and ask them to perform acupressure treatment on the P6.

Relieving Muscle Tension And A Slew Of Ailments With Acupressure

Like acupuncture, acupressure is a traditional Chinese healing technique that helps remove blockages to the flow of energy and blood and restores balance in the body. Unlike acupuncture, acupressure does not use needles to treat conditions but instead uses gentle but firm manual pressure through the help of various devices, the foot, elbow or hand. This pressure is employed to specific pressure points on the body to attain the required therapeutic effect. Acupressure is widely used by a lot of East Asian martial artists to disable their foes. According to historians, acupuncture is a relatively recent technique compared to acupressure although acupressure lost popularity when acupuncture was came into being. Still, it remains one of the most effective ways to tension associated with pain and ailments.

When we talk about acupuncture and acupressure, we unceasingly allude to acupuncture or acupressure points based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). According to these principles, the human body is seen and treated as a whole; the body stands for the different levels or jiaos of the ventral body cavity. An imbalance in the yin and yang forces in the body results in disease and the aim of treatment is to alter the activity of one or more systems of bodily function. According to TCM, acupressure or acupuncture works by regulating the smooth movement of vital energy (chi), body fluids, and blood throughout the body. The relief of pain is achieved by rectifying systemic or local deficiency or excess. The sensation of pain signifies stagnation or blockage in the circulation of fluids, blood, and/or chi. In TCM, the fragile balance between blood and chi is an important primary concern. Chi is the controller of blood and blood is the mother of chi. Blood and chi both work together to nourish and move the fluids of the body.

Acupuncture or acupressure points are found along different levels of channels, called the twelve main meridians or 12 energy channels. These meridians are found throughout the body. Aside from these energy channels, there are also eight unusual channels named sinew channels, divergent channels, luo vessels, and the Chi Jing Ba Mai. Ten of the main meridians are named after the different body organs of the body, while the name of the eleventh meridian is taken from the membrane that enfolds the heart; the San Jiao or ‘three spaces’ is the last meridian. The twelve main meridians run symmetrically, bilaterally, and vertically, and every meridian connects internally and corresponds to one of the twelve body organs. In total, there are six yang meridians and six yin meridians. There are three yin and yang meridians for each leg and on each arm, there are three yang and three yin meridians also present.

All the pressure points of a meridian are found on its external channel. The internal channels are located deeper than the external channels. They enter the cavities of the body as well as the associated organs. The twelve meridians’ external channels outline three complete body circuits, feet to chest, chest to hands, hands to head, head to feet, etc. Electronic devices that create a noise when the right acupuncture/acupressure point is pressed are now sold in the market. Muscular tension is relaxed by the pressure as soon as an acupoint is pressed. This allows the muscle fibers to relax and stretch, blood flow to increase, and toxins to be carried away by blood to be eliminated from the body through various bodily processes. The strengthening of blood flow also sends in nutrients and more oxygen to the problematic part of the body. This promotes a more vital, healthier, and longer life and reinforces the body’s ability to resist illness. A greater sense of well being, health, and harmony arises when the bioelectrical energy and blood flow properly. An acupressure practitioner in Boca Raton is able to distinguish what points to treat by questioning and observing the patient in order to come up with a diagnosis based on TCM. Four diagnostic methods are used by practitioners: palpation, inquiring, auscultation, and inspection.

A session of acupressure is generally pain free. Penetrating, steady, gradual pressure lasting about three minutes on the targeted acupoint is ideal after extended finger pressure has been directly applied on the acupoint. It is suggested that the pressure applied should be firm enough so that it borders between the sensation of firm, pleasant pressure and sheer pain. The finger that’s best suited for employing the right pressure is the middle finger as it is the strongest and longest of the fingers. Although the thumb also can apply strong pressure, it usually lacks the sensitivity that the middle finger has. Other tools, the fist, or knuckles can also be utilized based on the needs of the person. As a rule, firm but slow pressure should be applied on the acupoint at a 90 degree angle from the skin surface. It’s advised to employ and release finger pressure slowly as this give the tissues enough time to react, facilitating healing. The patient will start to sense a pulse at the acupoint after successive acupressure sessions involving various levels of pressure. This throbbing is a positive sign since it signifies that flow of blood has risen in the problem area. Each body and each body part necessitates a different degree of pressure.

Several types of acupressure procedures are being practiced at present. To date, all of these procedures still use same age-old acupoints. Different techniques, pressures, and rhythms generate different methods of acupressure. For example, the most well-known style of acupressure, Shiatsu, is traditionally vigorous, with strong pressure applied to each acupoint lasting only three to five seconds. One other type of acupressure holds gently each acupoint for a minute or so. Applying fast beating, intermittent pressure is stimulating while a slower pressure produces creates a profoundly calming effect on the body.

The heels of the hands as well as the finger and thumbs are used in slow motion kneading to firmly squash large group of muscles. This movement is akin to the kneading of a large mass of dough. The benefits of this type of acupressure include the alleviation of spasms in the calf muscles, constipation, neck and shoulder tension, and general muscle stiffness.

Vigorous rubbing produces friction to activate the flow of lymph and blood. Light rubbing is administered on the skin to boost circulation and alleviate numbness, swelling, and chilling, as well as to tonify the skin and strengthen the nerves.

Fingertips applying rapid tapping tend to stimulate the muscles on tender, unprotected areas of the body like the face. Loose fist is used on the buttocks, back and other larger parts of the body. This helps enhance nerve function and the inactive muscles in the region.

Acupressure can be extremely capable of relieving tension, muscle aches, arthritis, backaches, neck pain, sinus problems, eyestrains, and headaches due to stress. It also helps you get to sleep at night, and relieves anxiety, indigestion, constipation, low back pain, menstrual cramping, and ulcer pain. Perhaps, the best thing about the treatment is that it does not require the use of medications and drugs and therefore has no side effects.

Cupping Therapy – Some Things To Consider Before Seeking Treatment

What is Cupping Therapy? Cupping is a very old Chinese healing technique that’s been practiced for thousands of years that causes local congestion in order to treat pain and diseases. It is used to draw toxins and excess fluids out of the body through the creation of negative pressure and suction. Cupping also helps loosen stubborn “knots,” connective tissue, adhesions, and stagnant muscles.

The Benefits Derived From Cupping Therapy

Cupping works by stimulating the flow of lymph and blood to the problematic part of the body. Oftentimes, cupping and massage is applied on wide areas of the back to eliminate stubborn adhesions and stagnated waste. Cupping can be used to treat:

• Menstrual pain
• Sorting injuries
• Flu
• The common cold
• General muscle tension

Those are just some of the conditions in which this therapy can to be highly beneficial. Talk to your cupping practitioner for further information.

What to Expect During Your Treatment

Glass cups are used by the practitioner, which are applied to the patient’s body. Using a flame, a vacuum is generated within each of the cups used that are then placed over the skin. Oil is applied on the body to facilitate the movement of glass on the skin surface. The cups are held tight to the body by the suction and the targeted area of the skin is elevated a few millimeters into the cup. These cups are allowed to remain on the body where they simulate the movement of energy and help treat ailments and illnesses.

Is Cupping Therapy Painful?

Some people may find the treatment uncomfortable and even painful, while some may find it relaxing and comfortable. During the treatment, most patients feel a tingling sensation and warmth that penetrates deep into the body that can linger long after the session has ended. This therapy relieves the inflammation from the affected part of the body yet does not exacerbate it especially when it is combined with liniments or oils. In a strong cupping procedure, the skin will likely redden. This is a good sign since it means sign that the flow of blood is being moved to the surface of the skin. The boost of local blood flow to the site of treatment will transport nourishment to the skin and muscles and cause the toxins to be washed away.

What Happens After Treatment?

After a cupping treatment session, based on the severity of your injury, bruises or red welts may appear on your skin that can be uncomfortable. This skin discoloration is not the result of tissue trauma or broken vessels, but of the moving up of waste material to the skin surface for elimination. The marks may last for many days. You need to inform your practitioner if you intend to wear clothes that expose the marks (i.e. evening gown or swimwear).

More often than not, cupping’s effects feel similar to that of deep tissue strong massage. Sometimes, you may feel a little fatigued or tired from the treatment. This is an indication that the body is in the process of eliminating the waste products. Hence, you need to drink small amounts of water as often as you can and slow down in order to recuperate quickly.

Cupping almost always produces immediate relief and results. Your muscle pain will be significantly alleviated or even completely cured and you will feel a lot looser. A sensation of well-being and intense relaxation will replace the feeling of aching or sore muscles.

Nelya de Brun is a licensed acupuncturist in Boynton Beach, FL., practicing acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Western medical pathology. She is also the founder of Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC.

The Uses, Procedures, And Benefits of Cupping Therapy

An ancient Chinese medicine procedure, cupping therapy involves the application of rounded cups over a part of the body. The cups are placed upside-down on the skin and a suction effect holds them to the skin. The suction causes a stimulating effect on the flow of blood and energy in the treated part of the body.

The Uses of Cupping Therapy

In general, cupping therapy is used to alleviate various kinds of ailments like muscle soreness and pain, inflammation, and to accelerate the self healing process of the body.

For the last decade, cupping has become wildly popular in the world of sports for the healing and recovery of stiff joints and sore muscles among others.

Swimmer Michael Phelps is one of the more high profile athletes who have had the procedure prior to performing in the Rio Olympics.

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), cupping activates the circulation of qi or chi (vital energy) and helps rectify imbalances caused by an injury or illness. Several TCM practitioners combine cupping with Chinese massage (Tui Na) and/or acupuncture, the other TCM modalities utilized to stimulate or activate acupuncture points.

What Occurs During a Cupping Therapy Procedure?

During a cupping procedure, a TCM healer may put into a cup, alcohol or herbs and then light up that substance. As the flame slowly burns out, the healer rapidly places the cup upside-down on the body where energy channels connected to the ailment are located in order to treat the ailment.

The procedure can also be administered through the use of an electrical or mechanical vacuum pump. The cup is attached to the pump and placed upside down on the skin while the pump is turned on to generate the suction.

For about five to ten minutes, the cups are left attached to the body causing the blood vessels to dilate and strengthen blood and qi flow. The other benefits of cupping include the opening up of the pores of the skin and the detoxification of the body.

In another cupping technique called “wet cupping,” the practitioner punctures the skin before the cups are applied to the skin. This causes some bleeding which is believed to help remove toxins from the body quickly and much more efficiently during the cupping procedure.

Does Cupping Really Work?

Currently, only poor quality clinical studies have been done to scientifically test the benefits of cupping therapy for any health condition.

A 2009 review, for example, assessed seven clinical trials that tested whether cupping therapy can improve the conditions of patient suffering from cancer pain and low back pain; although the results showed significant improvements from the patients treated with cupping therapy, the reviewers did not find the proof adequate enough of the treatment’s efficacy, because according to them, the studies were of poor quality.

In 2010, another study review was published that showed researchers analyzing five studies that used cupping therapy for stroke rehabilitation. Two of the studies reveal that cupping provided certain benefits to stroke patients like strengthening the muscles and alleviating shoulder pain; however the authors of the review still saw that cupping was not effective enough in stroke rehabilitation.

Possible Side Effects

The side effects of cupping therapy may include swelling, pain, and in some cases, burn. The procedure can also leave circular bruises or round purple marks on the skin; after several days, these marks start to diminish although they may remain on the skin for two weeks or more.

Cupping treatment shouldn’t be administered on parts of the body where the skin is inflamed, irritated, or broken.

Some of the rare after effects that can occur from this procedure include skin pigmentation, panniculitis, keloids, iron deficiency anemia, thrombocytopenia, and acquired hemophilia A.


Despite the fact that clinical studies have failed to sufficiently prove the efficacy of cupping in treating ailments, more and more people are willing to try it due mainly after seeing movie and TV celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston and high-profile Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps sporting the trademark purple bruises of cupping. Before trying out the therapy, be sure to first talk to your doctor or primary healthcare provider to discuss whether it’s appropriate for you and to weigh the pros and cons of the treatment.

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The Different Classifications of Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbology or Chinese herbal medicine is a means of therapy that has been practiced for thousands of years. This procedure has been used to address a wide range of diseases over the years. Most of the Chinese herbs that are used today have been tested over time and are derived from various fruits, roots, and plants. These days, modern science is borrowing a lot from these herbs to create new drugs for many health conditions that they had no answer to before.

Five Tastes

The herbs under this classification are further categorized according to taste. They include salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and pungent. Sweet herbs are utilized to bring about harmony in the body while bitter herbs aid in the elimination of excessive body heat. Pungent herbs are known to raise vitality by boosting metabolism. Each specific taste influences a specific bodily function and therefore can stimulate a unique healing effect on the body.

Four Natural

Chinese herbs have four natural classifications. They include hot, warm, cool, and cold. Under this classification, the herbs are designed to bring back natural temperature in the body by modifying internal temperature. The four natural classifications are further classified as ‘yin’ (cold) and ‘yang’ (hot). For example a person with colds, will be treated with herbs that have yang (warming) properties.


The energy channel of the herb is associated with the organ system of the body that the herb is designed to affect. Some herbs are used to target the blood vessels, some the kidneys, lungs, heart, etc. A practitioner will use an herbal formula that specifically targets an affected organ system.

Herbal practitioners strive to utilize the various classifications to optimally treat the patient. They may either use the herbs that have the appropriate meridian, nature, and taste or mix the herbs together to address the specific needs of the patient. Chinese medicine still uses various ancient Chinese herbs that are now borrowed heavily and oftentimes synthesized by modern Western medicine. Listed below are some of these ancient Chinese herbs:

1. Cinnamon – In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), cinnamon is called ‘gui shi.’ It is an herb that helps add warmth in the body and thus is classified as a yang herb. Cinnamon also affects the blood system and is believed to help resolve many blood related conditions. It also treats allergies conditions basically associated with the circulatory system.

2. Mushrooms – Mushrooms have wide medicinal applications and is used in many communities all over the world. Western modern medicine has discovered that mushrooms possess immunity boosting qualities and is presently used in the creation of various new drugs.

3. Ginseng – Having been used for millennia, ginseng is classified as sweet and is utilized to significantly raise the energy of people who have been weakened by illness. This herb has an active ingredient known as ginsenosides that is known to help alleviate stress. There are different species of Ginseng. The Red Panax Ginseng is quite common while wild Ginseng is quite rare and a bit expensive. They all are used to address many types of illnesses including hot flashes, sweating problems, fever, and constipation.

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

Providing Acupressure Treatment For Your Animal Friends

More and more animal owners seeking ways to help their furry family members live happier, healthier, and longer lives are turning to holistic therapies for animals such as acupressure. Those animal lovers are at the forefront of demanding more options for their pets. This shift in viewpoint challenges veterinarians to consider alternative modalities other than the western medicine paradigm they learned in veterinary school. To their credit, a lot of veterinarians are responding.

Acupressure has been used for ages in China to help maintain the well-being and health of farm animals. In our modern age, a great number of classes, books, and programs are offered for people who want to learn about this healing art. Using the same principle as acupuncture, acupressure uses the hands to manipulate the pressure points instead of needles. In Eastern medicine, every creature born possesses a certain amount of energy or Chi. This Chi gradually becomes exhausted due to age, trauma, injury, and illness. To restore the expended Chi, Acupressure is used to activate specific pressure points on the body.

When an acupressure point is stimulated, it releases endorphins, helps relax the body, relieves pain, and increases the transport of oxygen-free and new blood into an ailing part of the body to supply nutrients in the body and cleanse out toxins. Acupressure is an ideal therapy when it’s used as a preventative measure to maintain well being and health. Depending on the animal being treated the number of “maintenance sessions” the practitioner administers on the animal vary, although for a healthy animal, it is usually about one session every one to four weeks. The number of sessions will be based on the type of condition being treated, genetics, lifestyle, age, and health of the animal. Acupressure can be used to alleviate certain chronic and acute conditions.

Typical Acupressure Treatment

Observing the animal patient

Initially the practitioner will observe the gut sounds, posture, and movement of the animal and take note of the patterns and marks on the body using these as either signs of health or of a specific problem. Then the practitioner will ask permission from the animal to perform an acupressure procedure. The practitioner does this by softly touching and speaking to the animal so that it becomes relaxed and gives the practitioner its permission. The next phase of the treatment is the Opening, in which the practitioner runs his/her hand from the animal’s eye to its hind foot along a chi channel known as the Bladder Meridian. This activates the flow of energy in the whole body of the animal and prepares it for the actual Treatment phase. The type of treatment for each animal will be unique and customized based on its problem. The goal of the treatment is to heal and balance the health of the animal. The final phase of treatment is called the Closing and is similar to the opening, wherein the practitioner gives a long stroke from the animal’s eye to its hind foot. This helps the animal feel refreshed and relaxed. Based on the animal and its problem, a session of acupressure may last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.

For alternative cooperative and holistic therapies like Aromatherapy, Massage, Reiki, or Acupressure, you may start to realize personal discoveries that usually rely on you and your practitioner’s intuition instead of scientific theory or logical processes. This is the reason a lot of holistic treatments do not meet the criteria of scientific proof in order for them to be considered viable and bona fide treatments from the viewpoint of modern medicine even though they have shown to work on a lot of people and animals.

Holistic animal treatments such as acupressure are rewarding and exciting fields of study for people seeking to improve the well being and health of their animal friend.

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