Cupping is an ancient technique where a fire jar or a suction cup is applied to the skin to draw and hold the skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved up and down an area of the body with massage oil. This is called gliding cupping.
Cupping releases and brings stagnated blood in the body to the surface of the skin. Often when people experience pain there is old blood in the muscles causing obstructions. If it has been there a long time it will come up very dark purple. If it has been there a short time, it will come up red. If there is no injury, no bruise will appear. Cupping does not ‘cause’ bruising. It only releases what is already there, so that it may go back into circulation and improve the health of the tissue.
From a scientific standpoint, cupping is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, and is good for deep tissue repair.
Gua Sha works in a very similar way to cupping. In this technique strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edged tool is used to disperse stagnated blood and energy in the body. Commonly a ceramic Chinese soup spoon is used, however, honed animal bones, water buffalo horn, jade or shells are also often used. Gua Sha results in the appearance of small red petechiae called ‘sha’, that will fade in 2 to 3 days. Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so on. Gua Sha strongly improves the function of the immune system and is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders.
In classical Chinese practice, the Gua Sha technique is most commonly used to:
- Reduce fever.
- Treat fatigue caused by exposure to heat.
- Cough and dyspnea: bronchitis, asthma, emphysema.
- Treat muscle and tendon injuries.
- Push sluggish circulation, fibromyalgia.
- Treat headache.
- Treat stiffness, pain, immobility.
- Treat digestive disorders.
- Treat urinary, gynecological disorders.
- To assist with reactions to food poisoning.
Shonishin Paediatric Acupuncture
Shonishin paediatric acupuncture (sho=little, ni=children, shin=needle) is a specialized form of treatment for infants and children.
Shonishin techniques involve rhythmic stroking, rubbing, tapping, and pressing the skin with tiny non-invasive acupuncture tools that give different kinds of gentle stimulation that are comfortable, and even pleasurable for most small children. These techniques harmonize and fortify the child’s vital energy, and strengthen the child’s constitution. Dramatic results can be obtained even with very light treatment.
What Shonishin can treat?
Shonishin is used to treat a wide variety of problems, including:
- Failure to thrive syndrome.
- Weak constitution.
- Colic, excessive night crying, temper tantrums.
- Gastro-intestinal disorders and discomfort.
- Night terrors.
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Allergies, asthma, and colds.
- Eczema and hives.
- Ear infections.
- Cerebral palsy.
The specifics of the treatment (frequency, dosage, strength) depend on the practitioner, the age, and condition of the child, among other factors.
Treatments for children are actually very brief: a typical treatment generally lasts only one to five minutes. Generally speaking, the older the child, the longer the treatment. It’s particularly important that the practitioner develops a touch (and a heart) that a child responds to!
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion is the burning of an herb, Artemisia vulgaris, AKA ‘Mugwort’. Moxa can take many forms, including cigar-like moxa rolls, rice grain moxa, and compressed smokeless sticks or cones. When burnt, moxa is used either directly on the skin in rice grain sized cones; applied on ginger, garlic or salt on the body, or held above the skin in the cigar shaped rolls to gently warm the body and enhance the effect of acupuncture.
What Moxibustion can treat?
Moxibustion therapy is useful for many disorders including:
- Digestive disorders such as diarrhea or food stagnation.
- Painful periods.
- Sexual dysfunction.
- Poor concentration or memory.
- Sports injuries.
- Frozen shoulders.
- Pain that worsens with cold.
- Colds and flu.
Electro-acupuncture is the application of an electrical current between two acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the acupoints as well as the muscles and nerves inbetween. Electro-acpuncture can stimulate the points without causing tissue damage associated with twirling, lifting and thrusting the needle. Strong stimulation may be needed for difficult cases of neuralgia or paralysis.
Electro-acupunture has been effectively used to treat many conditions including:
- Trigeminal neuralgia.
- Pain of greater occipital nerve.
- Periarthritis of the shoulder.
- Injury of the knee joint ligaments.
- Abdominal pain.
- Intestinal adhesion pain.
- Bone fracture.
- Weight loss and flaccidity.
- Tennis elbow.
- Kidney pain.
- Facial paralysis.
Duration of standard treatment with electro-acupuncture is usually 10-20 minutes and rarely exceeds 30 minutes. The electrical pulsing stimulus is used in a few cases for an hour or more, especially for difficult to treat neurological disorders. During the stimulation period, the patient may become adapted to the stimulus (this will typically happen after the first minute or two), with a gradual decline in response. The electrical output should then be adjusted in frequency and/or intensity to resume the sensation. Variable frequency output of the electro-acupuncture device is sometimes utilized in an attempt to circumvent this adaptation.
New Generation Electrostatic Shock Adsorbers (Al –ve)
This new devise, developed from roots in Japanse Acupuncture, constructed of high quality brass and aluminium material. It consists of polarity probes which have al aluminium tip on the negative probe. The probes are shaped in order to maximize the extraction of ions, and work with the bodies natural polarity, by using an oppositely directed highly sensitive Schottky diode in each of the probes. This gives an EEsA a slight dual posititive and negative polarity.
The probes are painless and used by gently holding the tips of the probes at two acupuncture points that the practitioner wants to transfer energy between, or simply lightly stroked over the skin where there are tight muscles (with an excess of postive ions) to relieve tension. Each set of points or areas being worked on typically only takes between 30 seconds to two minutes to achieve best results. This non-invasive technique can be used as an alternative to acupuncture in some cases where people are not yet comfortable with the use of needles.