Q:   What is acupuncture treatment?
A:   Acupuncture treatment is the insertion of very fine surgical quality needles into
specific points on the body. Acupuncture needles are FDA Approved Medical Devices,
they are factory sterilized under internationally recognized standards, used only one
time, and then properly disposed of as medical waste.

Acupuncture points are chosen based on a complex theory of physiology and
diagnosis. This theory was developed in ancient times, and has survived the test of
time. Acupuncture has been used for hundreds of years to treat a wide range of
symptoms and diseases. The Chinese are very practical and pragmatic people and
have but forth only those methods that provided results. Today acupuncture is being
studied around the world using a variety of modern testing procedures, with many
interesting results.

Q:  What is cupping?
A:   Cupping Therapy is another ancient Chinese method that uses warm cups to
create suction on the skin. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes,
the stagnated blood is sucked out from the vessel and localized healing take place.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, cupping therapy can open the
meridians of the body allowing invigorating energy flow throughout the entire body.
Modern scientific research found that cupping can affect the body and cause tissues to
release toxins, and activate the lymphatic system.

Q:  What are meridians?
A:  Thousands of years ago, Chinese physicians discovered that Qi (pronounced as
Chi), the vital force, circulates throughout the body along fourteen major channels,
twelve of which are duplicated on the left and right sides of the body.  The two other
major channels are located in the center of the body, one in the front, the other in the
back.  And there are a number of so-called Extra Channels and Miscellaneous
Channels throughout the body.  Today, English-speaking acupuncturists usually call
the channels "meridians."  Meridians form a highly-complex invisible network
transporting and directing Qi to every part of the body.

Q:  What is Qi?
A:  The concept of Qi is based on the ancient Chinese initial understanding of natural
phenomena. That is, Qi is the most basic substance of which the world is comprised.
Everything in the universe results from the movements and changes of Qi. This concept
was introduced into TCM and became one of its characteristics. Qi in TCM has two
basic aspects. One refers to the vital substances comprising the human body and
maintaining its life activities, such as the Qi of breathing (breathing nutrients) . The
other refers to the physiological functions of viscera and bowels, and meridians, such
as the Qi of the heart, the lung, the spleen and the stomach and so on.  
 Ones' good
health depends on a balanced distribution of Qi throughout the meridian network.

Q:  What is moxibustion?
A:  Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medical technique that burns mugwort, a small,
spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for
thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional
Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood circulation, stimulate the flow of Qi, and
maintain general health.

Q:  What is Tuina - A Chinese medical massage therapy?
A:  Tuina, bodywork therapy, was developed in China over 5,000 years ago. Similar to
acupuncture, tuina works with the system of meridians and pressure points to balance
the Qi energy of the patient and bring about a balanced state of health. Unlike
acupuncture, with tuina no needles are used. The work is done entirely with the
therapist's hands to help increase the flow of Qi through the meridian system. Most
patients find tuina very relaxing. It is often combined with acupuncture to relax the
patient and increase circulation.
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