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Massage Therapy/Tui Na

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Tui Na massage is often used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.  It includes acupressure and different manipulation techniques to stimulate qi and blood flow.  The goal is to disperse stagnation, reduce pain, promote circulation, decrease stress and restore the body’s balance.  It’s very effective for treating sport injuries and all kinds of chronic pain.

Electro-Acupuncture

Electro-Acupuncture uses low electrical currents to stimulate the acu-points.  The electrodes are attached to the needles creating a continuous flow of electrical stimulation.  It increases circulation of blood, removes stagnation and paralysis. Electric stimulation enhances and prolongs needling sensation to achieve an analgesic effect and effective for chronic pain syndrome and sciatica.

Actions

  • Electro-acupuncture can act to adjust the functions of the zang-fu organs, increase analgesic effect, promote blood circulation and adjust muscular tension.

Shoulder Acupunture

Indications of Wave Forms

  • The functions and indications of the electro-acupuncture vary with the wave and frequency of a low frequent pulse current.  The proper wave and frequency should be selected based on the patient’s condition, so as to enhance the therapeutic effect.
  • High Frequency

It’s also known as dense wave and applied with a frequency from 50-100 pulses per second.  It reduces blood vessel spasm, decreases pain, induces an analgesic effect and decreases nerve irritations.
  • Low Frequency

It’s also known as sparse wave with 2-5 pulses per second. The stimulation is comparatively strong and may induce contracture of muscle and increase tension of muscle and ligament.  It’s usually indicated for atrophy and impairment of joint, muscle and ligament.

  • Irregular Wave

It’s also known as dense and sparse wave. It’s is indicated for painful syndromes, injuries due to sprain and contusion, arthritis, sciatic neuralgia, facial paralysis, amyostenia and local injury due to cold. This is effective to promote qi and blood circulation, improve tissue nutrition and decrease inflammation.

  • Intermittent Wave

This helps enhance the irritated muscle tissue and  promotes the healing of sprained muscle. It’s indicated for atrophy and paralysis.

  • Sawtooth Wave

It improves circulation of qi and blood and adjusts channel function. This may also serve to stimulate the phrenic nerve and is useful as an electric spirophorus to aid person with respiratory failure.

Moxibustion

Chinese MedicineMoxibustion is a therapeutic method involves burning of the mugroot plant (artmesia vulgaris) or the applicable of drug compress or drug plaster over the acupoint or affected area in order to produce a warm-hot stimulation to the patient. This heat acts on the acupoint and is conducted through the channel so that the equilibrium of the bodily functions can be adjusted.

General Actions & Indications

Moxibustion can produce the effect of warming qi, promoting blood circulation, strengthening the body resistance to eliminate pathogenic factor. It is widely applied to treat or prevent diseases.

  • Warms meridians and expels cold

Moxabustion provides direct warm stimulation to the meridians of the body. Warmth can conquer coldness and dispel cold.  It warms the yang and can rescue patient from collapse or unconsciousness due to yang collapse.

  • Promotes qi and blood circulation and relieve pain

Cold may obstructs the circulation of qi and blood in the meridians, while warmth can remove obstruction and promote the flow of qi and blood.  Thus, moxibustion promotes qi and blood flow, relieves qi and blood stagnation and creates an analgesic effect.

  • Subdues swelling and resolves masses

Moxibustion has some effect to subdue swelling and resolve masses.

Commonly Used Moxibustion Techniques

  • Moxibustion with Moxa Cone

  • Indirect Moxa with ginger or garlic

This method uses a slice of raw ginger to place between the moxa cone and the acupoint. Ginger has the property of regulating yin and wei, dispels cold, removes water and promotes digestion.  It’s for treating disorders of cold syndrome due to deficiency, such as vomiting, diarrhea, stomachache, abdominal pain and arthritis due to wind cold dampness.

  • Salt Moxibustion

Salt moxibustion uses salt between the moxa cone and the acupoint. It’s specially applied at Ren 8 (shenque) at the umbilicus. It’s for acute gastroenteritis, pain around the umbilicus, dysentery, hernia and prostration syndrome with profuse sweating and cold limbs. 

  • Moxibustion with Moxa Stick

This method involves the ignited end of a moxa stick to warm the acupoint. It’s effective for chronic diseases such as arthritis due to wind cold dampness or for acute diseases such as coma and syncope

  • Moxibustion with Warming Needle

It’s the most commonly use moxa method. The purpose is to conduct heat energy through the needle shaft into the punctured point to produce a combined effect of needling and heat therapy. It’s commonly used for wind  cold damp bi syndrome such as arthralgia and flaccid syndrome.

Cupping

cupping

Cupping is a therapeutic method involves creating a suction or vacuum in the cup by heating the air by fire and the glass cup is placed on the skin to create a suctioning action.  This helps to promote circulation of qi and blood to alleviate pain, expel wind, cold, damp and paralysis. 

Actions

  • To promote the circulation of qi and blood, induce an analgesic effect, subdue swelling, expel wind, cold and damp pathogens.

Indications

  • Conditions indicated for cupping include:  acute sprain, facial paralysis, hemiplegia, common cold, furuncles, carbuncle and arthritis due to wind cold dampness.

Cupping Manipulating Methods

  • Retaining Cupping

It’s applicable for variety of diseases when cupping is indicated.

  • Moving Cupping

It’s mainly used in treating obstruction of the channel or wandering pain.

  • Successive Flash Cupping (Quick Cupping)

This method is suitable for treating numbness of the local skin or deficiency syndromes.

  • Cupping With Needle Inside Jar

It’s mainly use for treating intractable diseases of the deep layer or internal organ diseases.

  • Blood Letting Puncture & Cupping

It’s indicated for qi and blood stagnation such as sprain or snakebite.

Auricualr Acupuncture

Chinse HerbAuricular acupuncture, also known as “Ear Acupuncture” is commonly used in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment.  Similar to the concept of foot reflexology, points on the ear reflect states of the internal organs.  By stimulating these points with small needles or ear seeds can help to regulate bodily functions.

Herbal Therapy

Customized herbal supplement is suggested depending on specific needs of individuals.  It addresses the underlying pattern of disharmony and any current symptomatic complaints. Herbal remedy is often used with other therapeutic modalities to facilitate the healing process, especially when pain is caused by internal organ imbalance or stagnation.