Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

“A natural alternative to botox” – VOGUE

The benefits:
Look younger, enjoy more sparkle and feel more alive!
What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture [FRA]?
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a popular treatment that can provided by Lily to help your whole body look and feel younger. Similar to classical acupuncture, it is based on the same principles and involves hair-thin needles being used to gently stimulate acupuncture points on the face and body.
What happens during a Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment ?
Your treatment will begin with a complete Chinese medicine diagnosis and a discussion about which areas of your face you wish to focus on. Your treatment starts with a facial massage focusing on key acupuncture points, then continues with a collagen stimulating dermal roller treatment, a relaxing Tiger Warmer face and ear treatment, facial acupuncture in combination with a tone enhancing micro-stimulation of the facial muscles with a specialised facial TENS device, and acupuncture for any health concerns you may have.
What are the effects Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture ?
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture may eliminate fine lines completely and deeper wrinkles are often noticeably diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized. Due to the increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face, there is increased collagen and elastin production, muscle tone, and dermal contraction. There is often a healthy tightening of the pores, brightening of the eyes, an improvement of hormonal balance which helps acne and a reduction of any visible stress in the face. Loved ones will often report to patients undergoing treatment that they look more radiant and alive.
Are there any other benefits to having facial rejuvenation acupuncture ?
To have beautiful skin the body must be healthy externally and internally. In addition to stimulating the facial muscles and improving their tone, as part of your treatment, Lily will also provide you with acupuncture treatment for any underlying health issues you may have. This whole body approach to rejuvenation provides lasting results and many patients not only start looking better, but also feel better, sleep better, have improved digestion and are relieved of aches and pains.
How many facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatments are required ?
Any number of treatments can be given, but 6-10 treatments on a weekly, or twice weekly basis, is recommended. Each person responds differently, depending on his or her constitution and lifestyle, but usually the effects become most noticeable following the seventh session. Following the initial course of treatment, monthly maintenance sessions can be provided to prolong your results.
Does facial rejuvenation acupuncture really make a difference ?
Cosmetic Acupuncture has been used in Asia for more than three thousand years. In addition, in 1996, a study was carried out and published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture which reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one full course of treatment. The effects included: the skin becoming delicate and fair, improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles and levelling of wrinkles, and an overall rejuvenation – not only restricted to the tissues of the face.
Is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture just a new and trendy fad ?
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture has received a lot of positive coverage in the mainstream media recently, but it is definitely not new. It has been practiced in China for thousands of years. At least as early as the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD) records show Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture was used by the Empress and the Emperor’s concubines to improve their appearance.
Why choose Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture over surgical surgery ?
Whilst Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture does not produce the same radical effects of cosmetic surgery, it is a popular and more natural alternative. It is safe, not as costly, virtually painless, it has no side effects, there is no risk of disfigurement, there is no trauma, or any period of recovery. Unlike surgery, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture does not rely on cutting out bone and tissue, or toxic nerve-paralysing chemical injections. It works instead by improving your overall health so you become more radiant and by improving the appearance of your natural features.
Is there anyone that can’t have Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture ?
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is not suitable for anyone suffering from a pituitary disorder, a bleeding or bruising disorder, or migraine headaches. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture should not be given during pregnancy, during a bout of cold or flu, during an allergic attack or during an acute herpes outbreak. People fitted with a pacemaker should not have Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
Who can provide Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture should only be provided by a fully qualified and insured professional acupuncturist with training in the specialisation of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Optimally, one should seek out a practitioner trained by an expert in this field. Lily has completed a BSc Hons degree in Acupuncture awarded by Westminster University and an additional specialised training course with experts in this field and is certified and fully insured to provide Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.

About Cosmetic Acupuncture

What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles designed to be used only for face, into the groups of designated acupuncture points on the face & body where needed.
This superficial insertion on the face will increase the local circulation of both blood and energy (called Qi – pronounced; CHEE) to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and tightens the skin. It also tones all the targeted facial muscles which will also gives firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.

Cosmetic Acupuncture has attracted great attention in the last few years, especially in the big cities like New York City and Los Angeles. It used to be a treatment only for the rich and famous in Hollywood, but now everyone wants the royal treatment. A 1996 report in the international journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with a course of treatments. The effects: the skin became delicate, improvement in the elasticity of facial muscles, better complexion, and overall facial rejuvenation.

How does it work?
Siamak has been studying and researching to specialize in Cosmetic Acupuncture for over 10 years. He is licensed by the Oregon Board of Medical Practitioners since 1995 and also holds two certifications in the field of Cosmetic Acupuncture. He is able to utilize the meridians that either end or begin at the face to stimulate and balance the energy and at the same time, treat the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process. This involves the insertion of hair-thin disposable needles into specific areas on the face, ears, and hands. The needles are inserted into the energy pathways or meridians to improve the flow of Qi. As the movement of energy improves, a greater amount of energy and blood is circulated to the face, nourishing, hydrating, toning and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles.
At the same time he is attending to the outside (what you see), he can use some additional acupuncture points (usually on the arms and around ankles) to work on the inside. In this way he is working holistically, both on the physical appearance and on the underlying factors which influence that.

What are the benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture can take years off your face. It helps to eliminate fine lines and makes the deeper lines look softer. It can also help to minimize dark circles, puffy eyes, double chin, sagging skin, and dropping eyelids. Other benefits include:
  •  Increases circulation, therefore oxygenates the skin
  •  Tightens the pores, and brightens the eyes
  •  Nourishes the skin, giving you a healthy complexion with a natural glow and radiant, younger looking skin
  •  Moisturizes the skin from inside, and gives rosy cheeks to people with dull, tired looking skin
  •  Helps minimize or eliminate fine lines
  •  Helps lift sagging skin, puffy or droopy eyelids
  •  Increases collagen production
  •  Brightens the eyes
  •  Improves muscle tone and dermal contraction
  •  Improves hormonal balance to reduce acne
  •  Improves facial color and tone
  •  Softens scars
  •  Increases blood, energy and lymph circulation
  •  Leaves you feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated.
Q: Can I do Cosmetic Acupuncture if I already had botox?

A: Yes, Cosmetic Acupuncture will maintain the effectiveness of botox, so it will save you a couple injections per year.
Why choose Cosmetic Acupuncture over a Face Lift?
While not a replacement for surgery, acupuncture is an excellent alternative. It is far less expensive than cosmetic surgery and is much safer, virtually painless and has no side effects or risk of disfigurement. This is unlike surgery, which may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration. There is no trauma from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and you can stop with no ill effects. Treatment protocols can be modified to suit individual patients schedule and time frame to prepare for special events. 

What is the course of treatment?
Treatments will be done 2 to 3 times a week to achieve best results, however can be modified to the individuals schedule. Each patient will respond differently to the treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. Visible results will be noticeable between 5 -7 sessions. Maintenance maybe needed depending on the individual patient, anywhere from once every month to 4 times a year follow-up sessions.
Each cosmetic acupuncture treatment lasts about 45-60 minutes with about 10 minutes of insertion time. Patients will be relaxing on a state of the art massage table while listening to soothing music. Cosmetic Acupuncture is traditionally done in 10 consecutive sessions within 4 to 6 weeks. You can also receive single treatments for follow-up or for a special event.

Does it really make a difference?
Cosmetic Acupuncture has been performed for thousands of years in China. As early as the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD) Cosmetic Acupuncture was performed on the Empress and Emperor’s concubines. For centuries, the Chinese have known that beauty radiates from the inside out. The results are obviously not as dramatic as a surgical procedure but for the amount of time and money you invest, and its low risk, it’s a great alternative. It will make you look at your best and years younger. The other benefit is if you continue with follow-up treatments (the frequency of follow-up treatments varies from person to person) you can hold on to the results and slow down the aging process dramatically.

Cosmetic Acupuncture: A Beauty Secret


With all the reported risks of plastic surgery, it is no wonder that women are seeking out other options. Plastic surgery requires anesthesia, usually takes several hours, and leaves the patient with a swollen, red, and sometimes bruised face. It takes around two weeks for complete recovery.

The only possible side effect of cosmetic acupuncture is minimal bruising. Other than that, cosmetic acupuncture is a totally safe form of treatment. However, cosmetic acupuncture is not the fountain of youth. The results will not resemble a facelift and they won’t be realized immediately. The results of cosmetic acupuncture are subtle and will be revealed over time, without using a harsh chemical peel or slicing your skin.

A practitioner will insert tiny, thin needles into wrinkles and frown lines. The needles stimulate energy to flow around the face; blood rushes to the surface, and the muscles relax. The muscles then tighten, which decreases sagging of facial skin. The needles also stimulate the cells to create new collagen fibers under wrinkles, filling in fine lines. A recent study by the International Journal of Clinical acupuncture claims that 90% of those who tried facial acupuncture saw positive results such as softening of facial lines, improvement in skin tone, reduction of under-eye circles, and a general facial rejuvenation.

Prices and number of treatments vary from one practitioner to the next. When searching for a practitioner, be wary to choose someone with a license who has studied with a qualified teacher, and is part of the Americancosmetic acupuncture association.

Though facial acupuncture of course results in enhanced physical looks, the benefits of facial acupuncture don’t end there. Acupuncture is a healthy, holistic process used by the Chinese for thousands of years as a cure for stress, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Some might be skeptics of facial acupuncture, but with the proven benefits to both your appearance and your well being, how can you still doubt it?

Opponents of the procedure will remind you that it is only a short term solution, lasting no more than a handful of years. However, surgical facelifts also have a limited period of effectiveness. There is no solution that will last forever. In less than a decade, the ravages of time will begin to show again, regardless of the number of surgeries completed.

THE MIRACLE NEEDLE

Acupuncture was once derided as ‘loony’. Today it heals bad backs, conquers addictions and, says new research, even helps during the menopause. So why does it work?

MENOPAUSE- hotflushes

MARY Grundy is not in the least bit surprised about the powers of the ancient Chinese practice of needletherapy and in particular its ability to help women through the menopause. The 49-year-old artist from Cheltenham suffered from what she describes as: “Really dreadful hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and such terrible anxiety that I hated going out.” Mary says she believes “without a doubt” that acupuncture has cured her unwelcome problems. “I started having acupuncture 18 months ago and after just a couple of hour-long sessions felt so much better.I actually felt very emotional after the first session but in a good way – I had a feeling of relief, as if I was getting rid of unwanted heat from my body. “Now I pay £60 an hour roughly three times a year, which keeps the horrible menopause symptoms under control and is absolutely worth every penny. I feel back in control of my life and can even deal with my very hormonal teenage daughter – someone who could definitely do with some acupuncture. I would happily pay for her to have the treatment, I feel so certain that it works.” The earliest written record of acupuncture is from China and suggests that the practice may date back as far as the stone age. Yet although it is often recommended by conventional doctors, many remain sceptical. Pictures of celebrities sporting acupuncture pins in their ears have in the past included Kate Moss (reportedly to combat cocaine addiction), Roman Abramovich (to lose weight) and Cherie Blair (for stress relief) giving rise to the notion that it is nothing more than the latest fad therapy. But a new study of 53 postmenopausal women who experienced an average of seven or more hot flushes a day over seven consecutive days appears to be compelling evidence that acupuncture does work. In it, 27 women received acupuncture twice a week for 10 weeks and the remaining volunteers were given dummy acupuncture with blunted needles. At the end of the trial, those receiving genuine treatment had lower scores for the intensity of the hot flushes and mood swings they experienced – which progressively improved over the treatment period – compared with those given the placebo needles.


BREECH BIRTH - Hormonal problems apart, acupuncture appears to be something of a cure-all for a range of conditions. When Jenny Lewis, a youth worker who lives in Herefordshire, found out that the baby she was carrying lay in the breech position, her first instinct was to make an appointment to see her acupuncturist. The 33-year-old mother of Eli, three, says: “I knew I had to be not only physically but also emotionally strong to get through what could be a very difficult birth. I decided to visit my acupuncturist Philip Weeks to see if he could give me treatment which might encourage my daughter Heidi [now eight months old] to turn into the correct position as I had heard he had done this for other patients.

“I wanted a natural birth at home with no pain relief and after having acupuncture for Eli’s birth – which was a terrific experience – I knew that this was what I wanted for Heidi. “Philip placed the needles in my energy points. After just two hour long sessions the week before she was born, Heidi had turned so that she was head down and Philip explained that the acupuncture had given Heidi the strength to make that final turn. “There was no need for me to have acupuncture during the labour because the sessions I had been through helped me manage the intensity of the birth. I believe it strengthened my constitution and mentally prepared me to commit to birthing my daughter without needing drugs.”

Interestingly, it seems that women appear to be more inclined to investigate the possibilities of acupuncture than men. Philip Weeks says: “Out of the patients I see, about 60 per cent are women. Usually they are interested in their general health, often with hormone-related issues. Men tend to come for more specific problems such as chronic back pain, migraine and erectile dysfunction. But I’ve found that on the whole people are very open to trying acupuncture and why not? After all is has.

SLIPPED DISC

“I have been practising acupuncture for six years and believe it works so well because it has a broad-spectrum effect on balancing hormones, immune function and stimulating the body’s natural healing response.” Gordon Key, 78, a former journalist who lives in Shrewsbury, turned to acupuncture 10 years ago when a slipped disc left him unable to stand. “The NHS was pretty unresponsive – no conventional medication worked, neither did physiotherapy or going to a chiropractor,” he says. “I have practised yoga for some time and am, in general, open-minded about complementary or alternative therapies. I started having regular treatments and after just a few, the pain subsided.

“I still have monthly sessions and acupuncture helped me only recently when I twisted my ankle. It is an intriguing form of therapy which helped me where conventional medicine totally failed. “I don’t know why some people are sceptical about acupuncture – it’s not some new-fangled treatment, it has been going for thousands of years so there must be something in it.”

What is Pranic Healing


Pranic Healing  is a highly evolved and tested system of energy medicine developed by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui that utilizes prana to balance, harmonize and transform the body's energy processes. Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life-force. This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health. In acupuncture, the Chinese refer to this subtle energy as Chi. It is also called Ruach or the Breath of Life in Hebrew.
Pranic Healing® is a simple yet powerful & effective system of no-touch energy healing. It is based on the fundamental principles that the body is a self-repairing living entity that possesses the ability to heal itself and that the healing process is accelerated by increasing this life force that is readily available from the sun, air and ground to address physical & emotional imbalances. Master Choa Kok Sui says "Life Energy or prana is all around us. It is pervasive; we are actually in an ocean of Life Energy. Based on this principle, a healer can draw in Pranic Energy or Life Energy from the surroundings."

Pranic Healing® requires no drugs, gadgets, not even physical contact with the subject. Physical contact is not required because the practitioner is working on the bioplasmic or energy body and not directly on the physical body. This energy body, or aura, is the mold or blueprint that surrounds and interpenetrates the physical body. It is the energy body that absorbs life energy and distributes it throughout the physical body, to the muscles, organs, glands, etc. The reason Pranic Healing® works on the energy body is that physical ailments first appear as energetic disruptions in the aura before manifesting as problems in the physical body.
This pervasive energy that surrounds, interpenetrates and sustains the physical body, also affects our emotions, our ability to handle stress, relationships and even finances.
"In Ancient times, Pranic Healing could only be practiced by an elite few. My job was to develop a very effective healing system, which ordinary people could learn in just a short period. Anybody can practice pranic healing now. The knowledge of being able to deal with simple ailments is quite empowering."
-Master Choa Kok Sui
Master Choa Kok Sui developed Pranic Healing® as a comprehensive System of energy medicine to improve the quality of our every day lives. The courses offered are designed to give a person a well-rounded education in Energy Healing and other Esoteric Sciences. These courses are offered across the United States and throughout the World.

Moxibustion Techniques.

Moxibustion is a form of fire heat treatment that stimulates specific acupuncture points of the body. The term is derived from the Japanese "mogusa" meaning herb (mugwort) and the Latin "bustion" meaning burning.

There are various moxibustion techniques.

Direct moxibustion: A small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned on the skin. Direct moxibustion is a traditional technique considered to be very therapeutic. Much of the scientific study has been done on scarring direct moxibustion. The effectiveness of direct moxibustion particularly on immune function has been reported as early as 1927 by Dr. Shimetaro Hara, at the Kyushu University in Japan. Presently however, direct moxibustion is not performed routinely outside of Japan, as it may have some undesirable effects such as blistering, burn marks, and even scarring at the moxibustion site. In an attempt to prevent skin damage, some acupuncturists place a medium (slice of ginger, topical paste, etc.) between the skin and the burning moxa or extinguish the burning moxa just before it reaches the skin. The possible effect derived from this type of moxibustion (sometimes referred to as non-scarring direct moxibustion or categorized as indirect moxibustion) should not be considered the same as the scarring direct moxibustion since the main effect of direct moxibustion is considered to result from actual damage to the skin (thus stimulating the release of immunological mediators resulting in a healing reaction).



Click the image to view the demonstration of direct moxibustion



Indirect moxibustion: Currently, the more popular form of moxibustion in many countries including China is the indirect form, because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick (roughly the shape and size of a cigar) and holds it an inch or two away from the skin, usually around the inserted needles to bring mild warmth to the area without burning, until the skin becomes slightly red. The intensity of the heat is adjusted according to the patient’s condition and comfort. Indirect moxa is considered to induce a gradual localized vasodilatation response. In addition to increasing the local blood flow, skillful indirect moxibustion is extremely comforting and can create a deep relaxation response.


Click the image to view the different types of indirect moxibustion



Needle Moxa Technique: This technique used to be quite popular in Japan. With the needle moxa technique, the heat intensity is much harder to control than the moxa stick method. Contrary to commonly held belief, moxa heat conducted through the needle is very minute and insignificant. Most of the heat is actually through reflective heat just like the moxa stick method.


Click the image for a closer look at Needle Moxa



Where did moxibustion originate?

Moxibustion is believed to have originated in the northern part of China. In Mongolia, where winters are dominated by icy chilliness and wind, moxibustion has been used to treat various illnesses and degenerative diseases due to the extreme cold climate.

What is moxibustion good or not good for?

Moxibustion therapy in conjunction with acupuncture can be very effective for many diseases and conditions including back pain, muscle stiffness, headaches, migraines, tendonitis, arthritis, digestive disorders, anxiety, and female health problems such as menstrual cramps, irregular periods, and infertility.

Moxibustion can be applied in many different ways and the expected physiological reactions from moxibustion can greatly vary depending on the type and technique used. By carefully considering the type of moxibustion, and where and how to apply it, moxibustion can be used safely and effectively for almost all patients.

However, it should be noted that moxa, especially direct moxa, is generally not recommended for patients with diabetes, decreased sensitivity to pain, who are on certain medications such as prednisone, or who have any other conditions involving compromised circulation or a weakened immune system.

Why is moxibustion such an integral part of acupuncture practice today?

Up until this century, before the advancement of 'modern medicine', acupuncturists played the role of physician in China and Japan. The patient population at acupuncture clinics was quite different in those days, consisting of many people with acute life threatening illnesses such as serious infection, systemic inflammation, and communicable diseases. These illnesses are typically 'heat syndrome' in traditional Chinese medicine terms manifested by noticeably high fever.

Today, patient populations are quite different compared to in the past. Rarely, acupuncturists encounter serious acute conditions but rather most patients visit with chronic pain conditions, functional disorders, or a variety of stress related illnesses. In the majority of those chronic conditions, the patients have a cold constitution. Even some patients who appear to be manifesting heat, really have underlying chronic cold in their system which creates the heat-syndrome-like symptoms as their body tries to balance.

Why do more people have cold constitutions now than in the past?
A cold constitution is triggered or aggravated by over cooling of our body systems. Due to technological advancement, we are exposing our systems to cold of a much higher magnitude than in the past. Two such examples, both of which did not exist in the past, are wide spread use of refrigerators and air conditioners in almost every office and household. Many people are regularly drinking a large amount of icy cold beverages and their favorite ice cream. Air conditioners certainly make our lives more comfortable in hot summer days and nights, however we are then exposed to cold winds not only in winter but year-round. Unlike in the past, cold constitutions are not commonly seen in the cold climate regions only, but anywhere in the modern world including the southern tropics. Furthermore, it should also be noted that many pharmaceutical drugs including common over the counter pain medications are known to decrease body temperature. Other common causes of cold constitution are large consumption of fruits and raw vegetables and ongoing mental/emotional stress.

More so than in the past, people today are in fact having a cold constitution based on eastern medical diagnosis. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and to warm the meridians, leading to the smoother flow of blood and qi.

Moxibustion has been used in tandem with acupuncture to treat a variety of diseases throughout Asia for thousands of years. In fact, the actual Chinese character for what we routinely call acupuncture is Zhen Jiu (or Shin Kyu in Japanese), translated literally, it means "needle-moxibustion." Moxibustion, which is so integral to the original concepts of acupuncture has not been taught in depth in the Western acupuncture education and training system. Thus, a number of practitioners today practice acupuncture using the needling method only. Using one without the other is like playing the piano with just one hand.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
How does moxibustion work? Does it hurt?
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned. This type of moxibustion is further categorized into two types: scarring and non-scarring. With scarring moxibustion, the moxa is placed on a point, ignited, and allowed to remain onto the point until it burns out completely. This may lead to localized scarring, blisters and scarring after healing. With non-scarring moxibustion, the moxa is placed on the point and lit, but is extinguished or removed before it burns the skin. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring unless the moxa is left in place for too long.
Indirect moxibustion is currently the more popular form of care because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Another form of indirect moxibustion uses both acupuncture needles and moxa. A needle is inserted into an acupoint and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and the surrounding area. After the desired effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished and the needle(s) removed.
What is moxibustion used for?
In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi. In Western medicine, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the Bladder meridian. Other studies have shown that moxibustion increases the movement of the fetus in pregnant women, and may reduce the symptoms of menstrual cramps when used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture.
Why do acupuncturists use mugwort? Why not use some other herb?
Mugwort, also known as artemesia vulgaris or ai ye in Chinese, has a long history of use in folk medicine. Research has shown that it acts as an emmenagogue ­ that is, an agent that increases blood circulation to the pelvic area and uterus and stimulates menstruation. This could explain its use in treating breech births and menstrual cramps.
Are there any precautions I should be aware of?
Although moxibustion has been safely used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, it is not for everyone. Because it is used specifically for patients suffering from cold or stagnant constitutions, it should not be used on anyone diagnosed with too much heat. Burning moxa also produces a great deal of smoke and a pungent odor. Patients with respiratory problems may request that their practitioner use smokeless moxa sticks as an alternative.
How do I find an acupuncturist who practices moxibustion in my area?
Moxibustion is usually taught as part of a qualified acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine degree program. Although there are no licensing or accreditation requirements associated with the practice of moxibustion, in the United States, a practitioner must have an acupuncture license to be allowed to perform moxibustion.

Information Regarding Acupuncture & Moxibustion

Though relatively new to the West, Acupuncture and Moxibustion is a highly developed medical science in China, which is the important component of traditional Chinese medicine, and a summary of experience of ordinary Chinese people in the struggle against disease over thousands of years. As the valuable contributions to medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion is the focus of people's attention from all parts of the world. These techniques are characterized by their amazingly rapid attainment of the desired results, their wide indications, simple equipment, and easy manipulation. They have therefore been widely accepted by the general population. According to incomplete statistics analysis, more than 120 countries and regions across the world have their own acupuncture and moxibustion doctors. A great upsurge in the application and study of acupuncture and moxibustion is now in the ascendant all over the world. Acupuncture and moxibustion have become an essential component of world medicine, providing a great service for human health and playing an increasingly important role in the world. They will become one of the methods for the effective prevention and treatment of disease in support of “health and care for all by the year 2000?statement put forward by the World Health Organization of the United Nations. Even so, a lot of people are still not familiar with acupuncture and moxibustion. They may have question, even doubt or negation. Therefore, I am going to introduce some popular knowledge regarding acupuncture and moxibustion, and hope that it will help all of you to understand further these therapies and their benefits.
Question: What is acupuncture?
Answer: The term acupuncture is derived from the Latin words acus, which means needle, and punctura, which means to puncture. “acu?plus “puncture?is acupuncture, which means needling.
Question: What is acupuncture therapy?
Answer: The acupuncture therapy is a therapeutic method which prevents or treats diseases by applying needles to stimulate certain superficial parts of body.
Question: What is moxibustion?
Answer: Moxibustion means the use of a moxa as a cautery by igniting it on the skin. Moxa: 1. a soft woolly mass prepared from the young leaves of various wormwoods of eastern Asia and applied esp. in Chinese and Japanese popular medicine as a cautery by being ignited on the skin. 2. any of various substances applied and ignited like moxa as a counterirritant.
Question: What is moxibustion therapy?
Answer: The moxibustion therapy is a therapeutic method which applies heat produced by ignited moxa wool or roll over the skin surface to stimulate certain points of body for the prevention or treatment of disease.
Question: Why do we often call acu-moxibustion?
Answer: Acupuncture and moxibustion are general names for acupuncture therapy and moxibustion therapy. The two therapies are commonly applied in combination. They have same therapeutic theory and use same stimulating points, though the equipment and materials used in the two methods are different. Therefore, together they are called acu-moxibustion, zhen jiu in Chinese, which literally means needling-moxibustion. For convenience of calling, the acupuncture and moxibustion are often definited as acupuncture.
Question: What is a broad sense and narrow sense of acupuncture and moxibustion?
Answer: Acupuncture and moxibustion in a broad sense include many techniques for stimulating points on the body using various physical or chemical methods, the application of various needles or stimulating instruments, and needling on various part of body according to T.C.M. theory. Of the needling methods, the filiform needle is the most common. In the narrow sense, however, acupuncture and moxibustion refers mainly to body-needling-moxibustion.
Question: What is basis of scientific definition of acupuncture and moxibustion?
Answer: Acupuncture and moxibustion is a summary of experience by ordinary Chinese people in the struggle against disease over thousands of years, which is important components of traditional Chinese medicine. Nowadays, acupuncture and moxibustion is a highly developed medical science in China. Following the modern science development in the world, acupuncture and moxibustion have rapidly established their own modern science system in China as well as in the world. Based on the clinic practice and experimental research, they have been greatly developed and have their own systematic theories, independent practice, systematic education, broad scientific researches, specific books and magazines, independent academic organizations and scientific meetings, numerous varied specific teams and specialists or experts, etc. Therefore, they are not only stayed on therapy or therapeutic method stage, but also are independent scientific discipline, which is called science of acupuncture and moxibustion. For the sake of shortness and standardization, the term has been suggested as acupunctology?(i.e., acupuncture plus -ology).
Question: What is the contents of acupunctology?
Answer: Acupunctology belongs to a branch of traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine has very extensive, substantial contents. It can be divided into three parts: the pre-clinical medicine of T.C.M., the clinical medicine of T.C.M., the branch discipline of T.C.M. The preclinical medicine of T.C.M. includes the basic theory of T.C.M., diagnostics of T.C.M., the science of traditional Chinese materia medica, the prescriptions of T.C.M., history of T.C.M., the classics of T.C.M., the doctrines of various historical schools of T.C.M., synopsis of the golden chamber, treatise on exogenous febrile diseases, science of seasonal febrile diseases of T.C.M.
The basic theory of T.C.M. includes: the theory of yin and yang, the theory of five elements, the theory of viscera and bowels, the theory of the meridians and collaterals, the theory of Jing (vital essence), Qi (vital energy), Shen (mentality), blood and body fluid, the theory of pathogenic factor and pathogenesis, the theory of determination of treatment based on the differentiation of symptoms and signs, the theory of preventing or treating the disease before its development, etc.
The clinical medicine of T.C.M. includes internal medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, traumatology , orthopedics, ophthalmology, ofotorhinolaryngology, hemorrhoid and anal fistula, etc.
The branch discipline of T.C.M. includes acupunctology, science of massage, psychology, preservation and rehabilitation, medicated diet, science of Chinese qigong, medical gymnastics, science of documents, science of preparing of Chinese materia medica, etc.
The contents of acupunctology include three aspects:
a. the basic theories of acupuncture and moxibustion: because acupunctology is a branch of T.C.M., the basic theories of acupuncture and moxibustion are same as basic theories of T.C.M. mentioned above.
b. the techniques of acupuncture and moxibustion: acupuncture and moxibustion in a broad sense includes many techniques such as stimulation of points with various physical or chemical methods, or application of various needles or stimulating instrument, or needling on various part of the body according to different T.C.M .theories.
c. the treatment of acupuncture and moxibustion: It includes the general principles and methods of treatment, basic principles for prescription and selection of points. It also includes applying basic theory of acupuncture and moxibustion to differentiate, analyze and diagnose diseases or disorders of the body, and treat them with the therapies of acupuncture and moxibustion. With the development of the acupunctology, many secondary branches have been derived from this general acupunctology, such as medical history of acupunctology, doctrines of various historical schools in acupunctology, literature of acupunctology, sciences of meridians and collaterals, science of acupuncture points, diagnostics based on meridians and points, technology of needling and moxibustion, formulas of acupuncture and moxibustion, therapeutics of acupuncture and moxibustion, acupuncture anesthesiology, science of experimental acupuncture and moxibustion, science of acupuncture and moxibustion in micro-systems, acupuncture psychology, etc. All of them still belong to the category of broad sense of acupunctology.
Question: How did acupuncture and moxibustion originate?
Answer: The initiation of the acupuncture and moxibustion has undergone a long historical process. As early as the Stone Age, in primitive society before metallurgy was known, acupuncture was administered with needles fashioned from pieces of sharp stone. This is known as “bian? which is a rudiment of acupuncture. According to Shuo Wen Jie Zi (A Dictionary of Characters), compiled during the Han dynasty (206 B.C. - 220 A.D.), “bian means the curing of diseases by pricking with a stone? A cure was effected by pressing or pricking a certain section of the body. As social production developed, “bian?was replaced first by needles made of stone, bone or bamboo. When human society entered the Bronze and then the Iron Age, as metals were discovered, needles were made of copper, iron and silver. With the development of social productive technique, needling instruments were constantly improved which provided conditions for the further refinement of acupuncture. Today, acupuncture is done with fine needles of stainless steel. From the study of unearthed artifacts we can assess that “bian? was initiated at the end of the New Stone Age (the Neolithic Age), and metallic needles might have been initiated in the Xia Dynasty (c. 21st - 16th century B.C.) or the Shang Dynasty (c. 16th - c. 11th century B.C.). Moxibustion originated after the introduction of fire into man's life. It is assumed that while warming themselves by the fire, ancient people accidentally found relief or disappearance of certain pain or illness when definite areas of the skin were subjected to burning. Moxa leaves were later chosen as the material for cauterization as they are easily lit, and the heat produced is mild and effective in removing obstruction of meridians and collaterals. Thus the moxibustion was established. According to the research of archaeology, the Peking Man (Sinanthropus Pekinensis) applied fire 500 thousand years ago. Recently, it has been reported by two archaeologists of South Africa that humans utilized fire as early as 1,200,000 years ago. The moxibustion should be initiated after that when man invented utilization of fire. It should be initiated at least before the Spring-Autumn Period (700 - 476 B.C.) or the Warring States (475 - 221 B.C.) according to some literature of this period which mentioned moxibustion or moxa.
Question: How did the theory of acupuncture and moxibustion take hape?
Answer: In remote antiquity, our ancestors created primitive medicine during their struggles against nature. At first, people do not know the medicine. While searching for food they found that some plant or animal is eatable and profitable, and some others are not so. For example, vomiting or diarrhea was induced when something were eaten, or invalids might feel better after they ate something. So people gradually know that the certain diseases could be eliminated by eating of some thing. That was the beginning of finding and using herbal medicines. In the course of using stone implements as tools of production, they noted, by chance, that the pain in one part of the body would be alleviated when some other part was pricked, or pain in some place of the body would be relieved by pushing it with a piece of stone, thus the therapy of stone needle was created, and stimulating tools was being improved gradually. On the basis of it, acupuncture therapy was shaped afterwards. While warming themselves around a fire they discovered that the way of local warming with hot stones or earth wrapped in bark or animal skin would relieve or eliminate certain symptoms of diseases. They practiced and improved this method repeatedly and then gradually brought into the therapy of moxibustion. The theories of T.C.M. as well as its main branch of acupuncture and moxibustion mainly come from practice, and has been enriched and expanded unceasingly through the practice. To put them in a nutshell, they are approximately related to several aspects as follows:
a) Observing of natural phenomena For example, ancient people noted the change of day and night, cloudy and sunny , full and wane of moon; the difference among five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) in natural world, the circulation of spring, summer, autumn and winter in season, the variety of environmental factors including wind, heat, dampness, dryness and cold, the variation of germination, growth, transformation, reaping, and storing in growth and development of living things.
b) Learning through living For example, it is learned that the rheumatalgia is easily suffered when living in damp area other than dry area; cold might easier been caught after drenching of rain; heat stoke may occur after exposing in scorching sun; eating some thing may result in discomfort, and eating some other thing may make one well, etc.
c) Rough dissection of human body Firstly, people gradually gained some perceptual knowledge about the shape and structure of animal body from hunting and livestock husbandry, and then got some audio-visual knowledge about the shape and structure of human body, such as the location of muscle, skeleton, the outline of internal organs from death, injury and murder. Further, some rough dissection of human body was done consciously, as a result, these knowledges were further increased.
d) Introduction from other sciences With the development of sciences, the relevant achievement or knowledge in other fields such as philosophy, astronomy, geography, calendar, and meteorology were introduced to T.C.M. For example, the theory of yin-yang was introduced from philosophy, the theory of cause of disease related to knowledge of meteorology.
e) Experiences of struggle against diseases As people have a certain knowledge to prevent and cure diseases, practice over practice, T.C.M. was enriched unceasingly and consciously through ages. This is a process of leap from some odd scraps of medical experiences to developed medical doctrine with a certain theories as guidance. This is a qualitative leap. It happened in the age before the Qin dynasty (221 - 207 B.C.). That is the years which the medical monumental work “Huang Di Nei Jing?(Yellow Emperor Internal Canon) was completed. It is the earliest extant theory monograph of medical book. This book probably was compiled during the Spring-Autumn period (770 - 476 B.C.) and the Warring States (475 - 221 B.C.), or the Qin dynasty (221 - 207 B.C.) to the Han dynasty (206 B.C. - A.D. 220), which is a crystallization of collective wisdom of medical scientist and philosopher at that time. It was known in later generations that this book consisted of two parts: Su Wen?(Plain Questions) and Ling Shu?(“Miraculous Pivot). The latter is also called Zhen Jing?(Canon of Acupuncture) or Jiu Juan (Nine Volumes). The book, Huang Di Nei Jing extensively summarizes and systematizes the previous experiences of treatment and theories of medicine, involves in the anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. It lays a primary foundation for the theories of T.C.M.
Question: What is the methodology of T.C.M.?
Answer: To understand the relationship between the physiological functions and pathological changes in T.C.M., the anatomical method is only used at certain extent. There are certain anatomical concepts in the viscera-state, it is rather inattentive and meagre. The anatomical concepts are not only fair naive, but some respects are wrong from the view of modern anatomy. The T.C.M. terminology of the internal organs of the human body are basically the same as those used in modern medicine, but all concepts are different. The functions of an organ in T.C.M. may contain the functions of many organs in modern medicine. Meanwhile, the functions of an organ in modern medicine may be contained in the functions of several viscera and bowels in T.C.M.. For instance, the heart in T.C.M. does refer to the same anatomic entity as in modern medicine, however, it also refers to some of the functions of the nervous system, especially some of those of the brain. The difference in concepts between T.C.M. and modern medicine is mainly due to the difference in the way of seeing things. T.C.M. gathers its knowledge of the internal organs mainly from repeated practice and observation, from the outside to search the inside, by conjecturing exterior to know interior, through various extra-organismal phenomena of functional activities to understand the viscera, by examining the syndrome to seek the cause of disease through practical observation, thinking and summing up in a long time for understanding of the complex functional activities of human body. On the contrary, modern medicine bases its knowledge mainly on repeated autopsies, experiments and summarization. According to the information theory founded by C. E. Shannon and N. Wiener in 1940s, the human body is like a black box, the method of knowing it is to carry out under the condition of unopened black box. The structure such as viscera, meridians reside inside of the body, the various functional phenomena served as information are transported to outside from inside. T.C.M. applies the peculiar theories such as the yin-yang, five-element etc. to synthesize, analyze, and ponder these information. Through thousand years in this way, T.C.M. gradually knows the basic states of the functional system in the body.
Question: What is the acupuncturist?
Answer: In the literal sense, acupuncturist refers to a technician of needling or a specialist in the technical details of acupuncture therapy, who should be trained for how to master & operate the techniques, like other technician in any other field.
Question: What is the acupunctologist?
Answer: Acupunctologist should be expert of acupunctology, who has highest level of knowledge and skills in the field of science of acupuncture and moxibustion, including related subjects such as basic medicine, clinical medicine and so on.
Question: Is acupuncture-moxibustion safe and hygienic?Are there any side effects? Is it painful?
Answer: Acupuncture and moxibustion are totally safe and without harmful side effects. Acupuncture needles are much finer and smoother than a syringe and there is very little pain involved with the insertion of these needles. Acupuncture is performed under clinically sterile conditions. All needles are disposable or autoclaved therefore it is impossible to get infection. There is also no possible damage of organ or tissue because a skilled operator ensures the proceedings according to the operating rules.
Question: What is the treatment range of acupuncture?
Answer: The clinical applications of acupuncture have a very wide range. There are many indications that have marked response. Some indications have very high efficacy in the spheres of internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, dermatology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology and stomatology. It is useful in the treatment of over 300 diseases, with a total cured achievement in over 100. The World Health Organization has summarized a list of diseases or conditions for which acupuncture is thought to be clinically useful. These include disorders of upper respiratory tract, respiratory system, eye and mouth as well as gastro-intestinal, neurological and musculo-skeletal disorders. Like any other therapies, acupuncture therapy also has its therapeutic limitations for some diseases.
Question: What is the clinical value of acupuncture built up?
Answer: The therapeutic values of acupuncture-moxibustion depends on regulation of physiological function and spontaneous ability to cure disease by the beneficial stimulation of points on the body. It has been evidenced by numerous clinical practice and modern experiments that acupuncture-moxibustion can benignly and dually affect the various systems of the body.
Question: What is the evaluation procedure before acupuncture?
Answer: The treatments of acupuncture and moxibustion require an comprehensive and accurate clinical evaluation. The first thing is to collect and analyze patient's complaints and signs as well as to order necessary lab test(s). The acupunctologist will pay close attention to patient's bodily structure, complexion, physical movements, and the appearance of the tongue, sound of the voice, general mental condition, etc. Then the patient will be questioned regarding the present illness, past history, menstruation and childbirth history, living and eating habits etc. Furthermore, certain parts of the body including vote sides of pulse will be palputed and analyzed. Following the diagnosis based on the clinical information and lab evidence, the acupunctologist identity whether the case is suitable for acupuncture treatment. If the answer is “yes? the specific treatment plan will be established and applied.
Question: What is the procedure of treatment?
Answer: The patient can feel free to discuss the treatment plan with his/her doctor. During the treatment, the patient lies or sits down. The selected points are cleaned with 70% alcoholized cotton, and then the needles are inserted. The needles typically stay in place for about half an hour. For some conditions, however, they may be in place for only a few minutes or for up to an hour. The needles may be manipulated by twirling or push-pull movements. Sometimes an electrical current is applied to further enhance the stimulation of the acupuncture points. The doctor adjusts the electrical current to the level where the patient is able to feel a slight vibrating sensation. The moxibustion method orcupping can also be used in the combination with acupuncture treatment for some cases.
Question: How many treatment do patients need?
Answer: One course of the treatment consists of 10-15 sessions. The interval between courses is 5-7 days. The number and the duration of the treatments will depend on the nature of the disease and whether the drugs have been or are being taken. Some case may need only two or three treatments, while some chronic conditions may need relative longer treatment. The average number is probably between three and twelve sessions.
Question: What does the patient feel during the acupuncture?
Answer: Common feelings during acupuncture are local distension, heaviness, numbness, soreness or a sensation like a tiny electric shock. All of these feelings are mild. They indicate that the healing is in progress. Notify the doctor if these sensations become uncomfortable.
Question: What is acupuncture fainting?
How to handle and avoid it? Answer: In very rare cases, a few patients may experience faintness, restlessness or nausea. All of these incidents are called acupuncture fainting. The doctor will correct the incident immediately once happen. There are no dangerous or side effects. To avoid these problems the patients should tell their doctor if they have been feeling very hungry, full, intoxicated, fatigued, weak, nervous, or if they have problems with perspiration, diarrhea or internal bleeding etc.
Question: Can woman accept acupuncture during her menstruation and pregnancy?
Answer: Stimulation of some points on the body may affect the activity of uterus so that these points should be avoided. It is important for female patients to notify the doctor if they are under the condition of menstruating or pregnant.
Question: Are there any feeling after acupuncture?
Answer: After acupuncture a few patients may feel a mild soreness or weakness in the area treated. This is not dangerous and will disappear soon without treatment.
Question: What should be noticed to susceptible people?
Answer: Sometimes a blister may appear among the susceptible people at the point of moxibustion or cupping. This can be easily treated. Also, rarely, a purplish coloration or swelling may appear in the area of acupuncture, and it will also disappear in a short time. Patients should inform the doctor if they have a tendency to hemorrhage.
Question: Should patients tell doctor about their current medical care or any related activities such as sports, diet?
Answer: The doctor should be noticed whether the patients are under any other medical care or participate in sports or other such activities. If the doctor believes that a change in such condition is advisable, then the patient will be advised. Sometimes the doctor will instruct the patients to make some dietary changes.
Question: What else should be aware during the treatment?
Answer: The treatments are interactive, the most important thing is to be relaxed during acupuncture, the doctor learns from patient’s responses. Please feel free to ask questions and speak up if any discomfort feeling occurs. The acupuncture doctor is very proud of offering this therapy. The acupuncture clinic demonstrates his continuing commitment to the health care of patients.

About Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy
What is cupping therapy?

Cupping is a method of relieving local congestion by applying a partial
vacuum that is created in a cup(s), either by heat or by suction. Cupping has been used for thousands of years. Although it is often
associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine, the entire world once knew
this of therapy and used it. The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese used cupping therapy. The oldest recorded medical textbook, Ebers Papyrus, written in approximately 1550 BCE in Egypt, mentions cupping (Curtis, 2005). In the UK, the practice of cupping therapy also dates back a long time in one of their leading medical journals, The Lancet. It was named after this practice as it refers to the surgical instrument that can scrape the skin to perform a style of cupping.
Types of Cupping
There are various types of cupping such as:

Light Cupping - Uses a weak suction in the cup to do light cupping. It is
suitable for children and elderly people.

Medium Cupping - A medium strength for general purpose cupping.

Strong Cupping - Suction will be great and, therefore, it is not suitable
for children and elderly people.

Moving Cupping or Massage Cupping - This is a great method of massage and is done by applying oil to the skin and moving the cup, by a weak suction, on the area to be treated.

Needle Cupping - Acupuncture and cupping are done in the same place by applying the needle first and then the cup is applied over the needle.

Hot Cupping - Dried mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) leaves, sometimes called by its Oriental name, Moxa, is a great warming herb. A needle is used, warmed by dried mugwort and then the cup is applied over the needle.

Flash Cupping - This is a term used to describe the practice when several medium cuppings are preformed several times in quick succession along the area being treated to stimulate it.

Bleeding Cupping - Also called Full Cupping or Wet Cupping. It is the most frequently used, oldest, and often the most effective method. A surgical instrument is used to scrape the skin and the cup is then applied to collect blood.

Herbal Cupping - A suitable herbal tincture is put into the cup and then
suction is applied.

Water Cupping - This is the least practiced method. It involves filling a
third of the cup with warm water. Whilst holding the cup close to the client with one hand, it is brought to the point to be cupped and then burning cotton wool is inserted into the cup, then swiftly and simultaneously the cup is turned onto the skin. When performed properly, no water spillage occurs.

Conditions Which Can Benefit From Cupping

Conditions that can benefit from cupping include headache, back pain, joint and muscular pain, infertility, sexual disorders, rheumatic diseases,
hypertension, breast enhancement, bed wetting, common colds and flu,
insomnia, stroke, fever, constipation and diarrhea, chest pain, asthma and blood disorders.

Precautions and Contraindications

Always take sensible precautions when using cupping or be sure that the
therapist you seek cupping treatment from follows these precautions.

* Sterilization: this is the main key to success.

* Use suitable cups for the area being treated.

* Take extra care with children and the elderly.

* Do not apply strong cupping to the face.

* Do not treat pregnant women.

* Do not use cupping on inflamed or cut skin.

* Take extra care when scraping the skin and do not cut a vein or artery.

* Do not treat people with a serious heart disease.

Applying Cupping on Acupuncture Points

In the Journal of Biomechanics (2005), researchers L. M. Thama, H. P. Leea, and C. Lua state that "Cupping is known to be an effective alternative to needles in stimulating acupoints in acupuncture treatment. One of the major advantages must be that transmission of blood-borne diseases can be avoided since the skin is not penetrated."

Therefore, we can use cupping as an alternative to acupuncture, or in
conjunction with it. Many researchers have investigated and demonstrated the benefits of cupping.

Chinese Acupuncture Birmingham For Acute And Chronic Conditions

As a practitioner of Chinese acupuncture in Birmingham, I find I am treating all manner of ailments, both physical and emotional.
Many people have heard about acupuncture and most of them cringe at the thought of tiny needles being poked into their body. However, you need to get past that and understand exactly what acupuncture is and especially what it can do for you.
Chinese acupuncture Birmingham Acupuncture has its origins in China and is a part of the Taoist system of medicine. This method of healing takes into account all parts of an individual, the spiritual, physical and emotional all connected, always moving, changing and affecting their counterpart. Chinese acupuncture is used to support the body and to help with the natural healing process. Inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimuli at exact acupuncture points is how this is accomplished.
The human body has 365 principal acupuncture points and also many other minor points. Channels, known as meridians, of energy, connect these points. This energy or vital force as it is called, flows through your body in these meridians and connects all of your major organs. This energy is known as your “Qi” (pronounced as chee). Chinese medical premise is that illnesses happen when the natural flow of Qi in the meridians becomes out of balance or blocked.
A famous Chinese saying, “Bu tong ze, tong ze bu tong” meaning “free flow - no pain, no free flow - pain” is a perfect expression of what acupuncture means. More simply put, acupuncture restores the normal free flow by moving the Qi.
Specific acupuncture points have been mapped out and used by the Chinese for over 2000 years. These points have been shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health issues. Although the most common areas usually discussed with an acupuncturist tend to be problems associated with pain such as neck and back pain, shoulder and knee pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica, these are not the only areas that acupuncture can help.
Chinese acupuncture and medicine are also very successful in the treatment of a number of other conditions. Unfortunately, a lot people who have a serious medical problem will wait to try acupuncture and Oriental medicine. They use it as a "last resort" only to discover that it can help them where other treatments could not.

Natural Health Remedies Proven Through the Ages

It is true that natural health remedies have been used across the centuries in every culture. you might think that though it might be great to use them, you really don't have the time to find them, or the knowledge to use them safely. In actual fact, finding and using them for problems that the human body encounters is actually much simpler than you might think!
If you are looking for a great way to improve your health and do it without adding more drugs or medications to your system, natural remedies might be just what you are looking for.
You'll find that there are many natural health remedies such as herbal medicines, acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, or homeopathy that will work for you. You don't need to be worried about going it alone, and the truth is, there are many practitioners of natural medicine that will do a great deal to make sure that you leave them happy and satisfied.
Acupuncture Treatment Acupuncture is one of the practices that originates in the East, but is beginning to come into wide use and acceptance in the West. While it is not fully explained why it works, some of the results that it produces are difficult to argue with. Very thin needles are inserted into various points in your body and can relieve many aches that modern medicine can't seem to touch.

Massage Treatment Massage therapies are quite important when it comes to bringing your mind, body and spirit into alignment, and you'll find that there are many things that a trained massage therapist can tell you about your body. Your blood circulation is one of the most important things that you need to consider, and you'll find that when this is stimulated your whole body will improve. This is one of the benefits of holistic medicine. Natural Health Remedies
Herbal medicine is another form of natural remedy that many people take a look at. While herbs should not be used to treat a chronic condition,unless under the guidance of a professional herbalist, you will soon learn that there are many things that an herbal natural health remedy can do for you. Essentially, the substances and chemicals that we use in drugs occur naturally in many of the plants and herbs around us. Because they are in their natural form, however, it is easy to see that they will be more easily digested and absorbed by your body. If your body is able to absorb positive things with more ease, you'll find that the entire process is much easier and health easier to achieve.
When you are looking to see what natural health remedies can do for you, remember to cross-reference everything you find. You can never be too careful, but you never know when you will find a procedure or process that will change your health dramatically and for the better.
Think about what your goals are as far as health, whether that involves becoming healthier or improving your strength in a certain area. You'll find that there will be a good remedy that can help you with it and that you can take a look at immediately!

Herbal Medicines Are Making A Big Come-Back


Chinese Pharmacist
It is well known that herbal medicines have been used traditionally for centuries to heal a huge range of health problems. It is no surprise considering we are getting fed up with experiencing nasty side effects from allopathic prescriptions. That is not to say that they are without any side effects, but they are fewer. Prescribed responsibly, they work with the body to heal, rather than to suppress and control. There has been a surge of interest in the great treasure store of Chinese herbal remedies.It is highly recommended that you talk with your doctor about any herbal remedies that you are taking or are considering taking because they may interact with some prescription medications.
Diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer can be treated with herbal medicines as can typical daily irritations such as coughs, fevers, insect bites and colds. These treatments can also be taken internally and externally. They come in many forms and it is important that you understand the difference in them.
Pill – herbs that are in this form are not as potent as some of the other forms. One pill is the equivalent of a half cup of tea or 1/6 oz. of an herb.
Syrup- the average dosage is 1 tbsp. A syrup is the liquid extract that is usually thickened an sweetened.
Tea – one tsp. of the herb per cup and you will drink it three to four times a day.
Tinctures – a concentrated form of herbs. This is a liquid and you will take it 4 times a day.
Concentrated liquid extract – similar to a tincture without the water and the alcohol.
Aromatic waters – these are most often used to treat skin conditions. Usually in the form of a body oil.
Compress – you can prepare this at home. Simply soak a wash cloth in a strong herbal tea, tincture, essential oil or aromatic water. Wring out the cloth and apply to the skin.
Poultice – This is a sticky paste that you would spread on an injury and then cover with a bandage. This is made by chewing, blending or pounding fresh plants.
Salve – a thickened herbal concoction made with a vegetable oil or olive oil.
Now we will take a look at some common herbs and what you can use them for.

Some Common Herbal Medicines

Aloe Vera – this wonder herb can be used to treat gastro-intestinal infections, it can also soothe and heal burns and soften skin. It helps improve circulation of the blood and the lymph. It is recommended that you include an aloe plant in your herbal garden or as a house plant. Breaking a leaf off the plant to use at a moments notice.Alfafa – high in nutrients, this herb is used to treat kidney stones and to help reduce swelling and fluid retentions. This herbal medicine is also good for the digestive system, glandular, urinary and skeletal systems.
Catnip – this herbal medicine is not just for our four legged furry friends. It is an ideal herb to help nourish the stomach and the nervous system. Catnip also has an incredible reputation for treating symptoms of the flu.
Billberry – if you suffer from night blindness or have other problems with your eyes, making sure that you are supplementing your diet with bilberry will help improve your symptoms as well as increase circulation to the eye and decrease the amount of strain that is put on the eyes.

Important Note

It is important to purchase your herbs from a reputable company, that obtains its supplies from carefully regulated and controlled sources. There have been horror stories of all sorts of extraneous things being found in loose imported herbs from China, that have not come from a regulated source.It is becoming more and more important that we search for more natural and holistic ways to improve our daily lives. Herbal medicines have been used for centuries by many cultures around the world. It is time to see what they can do for you.

Natural Herbal Remedies For Health And Vitality

Natural herbal remedies are time tested and have evolved over centuries of trial and error. While the allopathic drugs are tried on rats and other animals before they are tried on human beings, lest they harm them!
It looks like the world is surviving on antibiotics and over the counter medicines. Anytime a person has a headache, he just does not think instead he reaches out for an aspirin. I wonder what it was like before aspirin was not invented or when man did not have any of the modern day drugs at all?
People still survived those times with the help of natural herbal remedies. Well, we still have them; it’s just that they are now known as alternative medicines. Why? Simply, because anything that is different from the allopathic medicines of today is alternative.
These natural herbal remedies have been tried on human beings for centuries and that too without any side effects. People often have a misconception that the natural herbal remedies are slow acting; hence do not relieve pain fast. The fact is that is not true. A simple cold remedy which consists of honey, basil and lemon works faster than most of the over the counter pills which end up having nasty side effects.
The truth is that nature has a solution for everything. It is up to man to know those and use them in their day-to-day life.
For example herbs like basil and plants like turmeric have antiseptic properties. These can cure all sorts of wounds, external and internal.Wheatgrass is known to cure dangerous illnesses like cancer in many patients. However, it is important to realize that though they do not cause any side effects, herbs also need to be taken in the prescribed quantity as some herbs can be harmful, if taken without supervision.

Some Valuable Natural Herbal Remedies

Natural Herbal Remedies Goldenseal: We talk about antibiotics like amoxicillin and many others, little realizing that natural antibiotics already exist in nature. This herb is one of them. One teaspoon of powdered root of goldenseal in tea can cure most of the problems.Chamomile: The next time you have a stomach upset, don’t reach out for antacid. Instead try drinking two to three teaspoons of Chamomile and watch the stomachache vanish.
Garlic: In many places, garlic is known as the magic herb. Garlic is not only an antibiotic but is also is a great antiviral medicine. It also dissolves blood clots, reduces cholesterol and prevents heart attacks. It can either be chewed or taken with cold water.
Slippery elm bark: These days it is said that sucking some over-the-counter throat lozenges can cause heart and other problems. However, we have a natural lozenge in the form of Slippery elm back. Not only does it help with a sore throat and cough, it also provides relief with an upset stomach.
Apart from these, we have herbs like Ginseng for liver problems, Dandelion for PMS, Feverfew for migraines, Raspberry for all problems in pregnancy and Comfrey for wound healing.



In nature we can find cures for everything we just need to take the time to discover them. Nature's herbs are among the best treatments for disease and illness. Properly prescribed, they are safe, free of side effects and also help in strengthening the immune system. If you are interested in taking natural herbal remedies it is advisable that you speak with your health care provider to discuss any possible precautions that need to be observed.

Natural Cancer Remedies Are Hiding In Your Cupboard!


natural cancer remedies Have you ever thought about looking in your cupboard for natural cancer remedies? For generations health and well-being has been maintained through a healthy diet and proper nutrition.
Cancer is becoming more and more of a problem. Fifty years ago you heard of cancer but not like you hear it today. Today it is very likely that you are familiar with someone that has some form of cancer. It seems that this has become almost like an epidemic that is spreading at an astronomical rate.
Is it an epidemic? Yes in a way you could say that it is. The only logical reason for this growth of cancers is that our society has become so dependant upon prepared, processed and fast foods that we are no longer getting the nutrients that our bodies need. On top of that there are more and different pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and bacteriacides being used now that were not used before.

So what’s in your cupboard of natural
cancer remedies?

Many people are now beginning to recognize that we need to return to the roots of our grandparents and great-grandparents in order to fight the cancerous cells that are growing within our bodies. Finding natural cancer remedies begins right in your kitchen.Start a cupboard cleaning party and get rid of all refined foods such as white flour, white rice, white sugar and all the products made from them are not healthy. Then replace them all with brown sugar, molasses or honey, whole grain flours and rice dark and any products resulting thereof, such as pastas, pancake or cake mixes, pastries, whole grain bread and so on. Try your best to get organic, if at all possible.
The next thing you should do is begin eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. Studies show that the nine top anti-cancer fruits and vegetables are:
  • Blueberries are full of flavenoids and their rich color has repeatedly proven to protect against several cancers.
  • Oranges have high vitamin C content and are also rich in a number of other powerful anti-cancer compounds. Eating oranges on a regular basis has been linked with notably lower lung and stomach cancers.
  • Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, red and purple grapes, etc can reduce the incidence of cancer by 70%.
  • Tomatoes are loaded with vitamin C and a super source of the flavenoid lycopene. Defends against cancers of the lungs, cervix, prostate and mouth.
  • Spinach has high vitamin C and beta-carotene, both of which are potent antioxidants - as well as folic acid, which is vital to our health. People who eat two or more servings of spinach on a weekly basis have lower lung and breast cancer rates.
  • All cabbages - including their vegetable relatives such as bok choy, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale etc – have high calcium content. They are also exceptionally high in anti-cancer flavenoids, with red cabbage having the highest.
  • Beans of all types are full of protease inhibitors, which is a compound that makes it difficult for cancer cells to invade neighbouring tissue; some beans rich in isoflavones, which seems to reduce the risk of breast cancer by inhibiting the tumor-growing influence of estrogen.
  • Garlic is a powerful all-around health promoting food. The sulphur compounds that give it its strong flavour have now been shown to protect against cancer by neutralizing carcinogens and slowing tumor growth.
  • Whole Wheat has been found to the lower her risk of breast cancer, as well as heart disease.
So give your body a fighting chance. Leave off all the junk food and begin a new era of eating a healthy diet and making sure that you are getting plenty of the natural cancer remedies listed here.

Holistic Cancer Treatment Can Make A Miracle Happen


Holistic Cancer TreatmentThe word “cancer” strikes terror in everyone's heart and mind, but holistic cancer treatment aims to address the cancer itself, and also the underlying causes. For many, the disease spells a death sentence. Chemotherapy, radiation, heavy medicines render patient weak and worn out. The cause of cancer is still a mystery. Till today, it is not clear why some people develop this disease and others don’t, given the same living conditions.
The Allopathic medicine believes in treating diseases like cancer with pills and other remedies. The Naturopathic medicine believes in finding out the underlying cause of the disease rather than concentrating on the disease itself. This discipline believes that human beings are more than just physical bodies. Their holistic health consists of healthy emotions, mind, spirit and energetic anatomy. When any of this affected, the equilibrium gets upset and a disease manifests itself.
Cancer is no different. Studies suggest that a combination of a variety of factors play a role in manifesting cancer. These include nutritional deficiencies, environmental pollutants and many a genetic factors. Most cancer treatments fail, as they do not consider the holistic nature of human beings and the many causes of cancer.
The traditional treatment of cancer is more on the lines of the “Silver Bullet”. The silver bullet approach operates on the theory that just one advanced treatment is needed to cure cancer, like a missile zeroing on the target. Many advanced programs combine two or three of these “hotshot” treatments and assume that the patient is being treated in a holistic manner.
The holistic treatment theory states that the physician needs to give the body what it needs and needs to take away what it doesn’t need. Once, that happens, its important to let the body’s natural ability and defenses take over to drive the disease out of the system. Cancer is a sign that there is something wrong with the holistic health of the individual. Either it can be a mental stress or a spiritual blockage that causes the disease.

Understanding Cancer

To understand cancer, we need to understand the holistic view of cancer. Cancer can be caused when the body’s internal balance is overthrown by external stimuli such as toxins and nutrient deficiency. Due to this, the cells go through a 6-stage transformation from a healthy cell to a diseased cell. This theory was propagated by a German physicist Heinrich Reckeweg, in a theory called Homotoxicology. According to his theory, if the body's immune system is strong and has access to all the required nutrients it can actually kill cancerous cells fairly quickly. Healthy individuals do this on an almost daily basis, and we never know it.The holistic cancer treatment support plan includes a holistic assessment of the patient; specifically, the type of cancer and its stage of progression; are there any other conditions or illnesses requiring simultaneous treatment, the mental and emotional state of the patient, and finally an analysis of the patient's overall health, strength and vitality.
There are some holistic cancer support objectives that include building stamina and vitality, neutralizing the side effects of the conventional treatments and strengthen the immune system amongst others.
While conventional cancer treatments involve killing cancer cells which weaken the patient’s immune system in the progress, the holistic cancer treatment includes killing the diseased cells and increasing the immune system’s capability. The holistic cancer treatment also includes herbal counselling, yoga, biofeedback, and acupuncture amongst many others.

Holistic Skin Care For A Beautiful Glowing Skin

Holistic skin care begins on the inside of your body through the nutrients that you consume. The skin is like a mirror of beauty, reflecting your inner health and well being. When it glows, it makes the most average looking person look beautiful.
There is a famous saying that says that the skin of a person depicts the kind of person he is. When we are scared, we get goosepimples and when we are embarrassed or pleased our skin blushes.
These days there are many researches being conducted into holistic skin care. People often wonder what makes our skin glow. Well, the answer is good health; a balanced diet, correct fluid intake, plenty of exercise and the proper amount of rest all of which are part of holistic skin care. Skin that is dull depicts that something is wrong somewhere. Very often, cosmetic companies advertise products which can make dull skin glow. They just look at the surface instead of understanding the root cause of the problem. It is important to know the underlying cause of the problem instead of just “polishing” the skin. Dull skin is a signal that tells you to take care of your health.
Researches indicate that skin changes due to various types of inflammation that occur with age. However, this inflammation does not show itself till middle age when the skin begins to dry and lose some of its elasticity.
Most of us just love spending time in the sun playing water sports, tennis, walking along the beach, developing that perfect tan. The problem is our skin does not love the sun as much as we do! Within just minutes of being in the warm rays of the sun our skin begins to break down as the collagen layer is damaged.
Not only the sun, but also the pollutants in the air and the chemicals we use on and in our body, including artificial sweeteners, tobacco, trans fats and additives all wreak havoc on our skin. These poisons create free radicals which can affect our body both internally as well as externally. So to combat this we must keep our body nourished with antioxidants that help cells to repair themselves.
Imagine for a moment that you are an apple that has been cut in half, think of it sitting in the air with no protection and how it begins to dry and turn brown. This is called oxidization and it is a very good example of what happens to our skin when we don’t keep it supplied with antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, CoQ10, Flavodoids and Alpha-lipoic acid.
If you don’t keep your body nourished with the proper nutrients then your skin will begin to show the signs of neglect.
So if you are really interested in holistic skin care then begin by taking care of the inside and finding the perfect balance that will reflect in beautiful skin on the outside.

Cupping: A More Unusual Form Of Chinese Medicine

Often used in conjunction with massage and acupressure, cupping is beneficial for stagnation of blood and energy (qi) in the body.
While massage and acupressure both use pushing or kneading techniques to stimulate specific points on a patient's body, it uses the creation of a vacuum against the patient's skin to create the stimulating effect.

How Does Cupping Work?

In this ancient Chinese technique, bell-shaped vessels (now made of glass) with a volume of approximately 4 ounces are inverted over the skin. The modern use of glass enables the practitioner to see the skin and monitor what is happening.One of several techniques may be used to create low pressure inside the cup: for example, a flash fire, which consumes all the oxygen and creates a vacuum before going out. The very hot air inside the vessel cools rapidly when placed against the skin. The reduced pressure within the cups draws the skin up into it.
Typically, a series of vessels are used in the area to be treated. In the most common form, a series of 8 to 12 are placed along the back in two rows, the spine separating the rows, and left there for an average of 20 minutes.
It leaves distinctive circular marks when done properly. The areas may feel as if they were sunburned for a short while.
Ancient Chinese medicine prescribes this technique in cases where “stagnation” must be treated, commonly in the lungs, when it is used to treat coughs, and tightness or congestion in the chest.
It draws stagnant qi from deep within to the surface to be released, so easing pain. It is also sometimes used to treat musculoskeletal pain. Often, it is used in conjunction with other techniques, like acupuncture and acupressure.
This method is applied to acupuncture points on the body where there is pain (stagnation). Some massage oil is often first applied to the skin to allow the glass vessels to slide when they have been positioned. This technique is known as gliding.
An easy way to visualize what this does is to picture the flow of energy in your body as like plumbing. Sometimes directly manipulating the pipes with pressure works to eliminate blockages. But other times, you need to take a plunger to the problem, using negative pressure to pull things out.
In addition to treating the stagnation-based illnesses, cupping has been reported to leave a long-term feeling of relaxation and invigoration. It does not harm you when performed by someone properly trained in the technique, and is perfectly safe to use in conjunction with other more mainstream forms of medicine. It is very popular in China and has a long history of use in acupuncture practice.

Are Acupuncture Weight Loss Programs Effective?

Recently, acupuncture weight loss programs have become sort after methods for losing weight because of their holistic approach.
Obesity is a worldwide problem. Millions of people around the world are at health risks because of excessive weight problems. Naturally, people don’t think about their intake of calories when they eat. We eat what tastes good and instinctively, we eat more than our body needs to function. There are factors which cause people to eat quite a bit more than others such as stress, lifestyle, and psychological issues.
Acupuncture weight loss programs combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine both address the psychological and physiological aspects of weight loss. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on promoting a better digestive system, smoothing your emotions, reducing your appetite, boosting your metabolism, and eliminating your unnecessary food cravings.

What Can You Expect?

Acupuncture weight loss Acupuncture focuses on making a patient feel full faster after eating. It also focuses on diet and exercise but these two go hand in hand. Acupuncture is considered successful when the patient results in eating less because they feel full faster.When a patient undergoes an acupuncture weight loss program, he or she might need a few treatments a week. It depends on the person’s body and their response to the acupuncture. Everyone responds differently to acupuncture because there is no body the same. The treatment of acupuncture involves the use of needles being placed in certain points of the body. Sometimes the use of electrical currents is used also. Herbal mixtures will be used to remove toxins in the body. A common weight loss practice in acupuncture is by applying studs to the ears.
Many patients have lost many pounds when they seek treatments through acupuncture weight loss programs. They might not have even received the treatments for the purposes of weight loss, but something else. Traditional Chinese Medicine is known to benefit weight loss because the body is balanced.
Traditional Chinese Medicine says that obesity is caused by the body being out of balance and certain parts of the body are malfunctioning. These issues cause the body to retain water, lose sleep, and other issues. When the body becomes at the proper balance, then you regain a healthy sleeping pattern, your body digests and absorbs food the way it should, and you feel much better altogether.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been proven to have a healthy effect on different systems in the body like the endocrine, digestive, nervous, and more. It has proven to have a positive effect on the digestive system, lower food cravings, control overeating problems, and more. It has also been known to improve problems with circulation, boost the metabolism, and calm the nerves.
When you are on an acupuncture weight loss program the treatments will most likely last from 8 to 12 weeks. If 8 to 12 weeks is not enough time for you to reach your weight loss goals, then you might consider the treatments until you have reached your goals.
Acupuncture weight loss regimes combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine are becoming extremely popular methods for controlling your weight.