Acupuncture is one of the ancient medical therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that effectively treats blockages and imbalance in the body, helping to regulate the circulation of qi (pronounced, chee) and blood flow. Qi is the vital energy present in every person. Proper circulation of your blood is necessary in the healing process.
Acupuncture involves the skilled use of very fine needles inserted into the skin at various locations (acupoints) on the body, which promotes homeostasis and restoration of normal physiological function.
Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Gua sha produces transitory therapeutic petechiae called "sha" representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.
Modern research shows gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, cough, nausea, asthma, bronchitis, and gastritis etc.
Chinese Herbal Medicine effectively treats the full range of human disease with safer and time-proven prescriptions. It can be used to treat acute diseases like the common cold, as well as chronic conditions such as allergies, gynecological disorders, autoimmune disorders, viral diseases and degenerative diseases utilizing a method that works with your body and with fewer side effects.
There is reason to believe the practice dates from as early as 3000 BC. The Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, describes the ancient Egyptians' use of cupping. Archaeologists have found evidence in China of cupping dating back to 1000 BC. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (c. 400 BC) used cupping for internal disease and structural problems.
Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to fifteen minutes. Cupping can help to treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling.