Acupuncture is a collection of procedures which involve the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with needles that are then manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. It is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and is among the oldest healing practices in the world. According to the traditional Chinese medicine approach, stimulating specific acupuncture points correct imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. Scientific investigation has not found any histological or physiological correlations for traditional Chinese concepts such as qi, meridians and acupuncture points, and some contemporary practitioners needle the body foregoing the traditional Chinese approach.
Cupping is a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to remove stagnation and stimulate the flow of qi (chi). Cupping is a process which uses negative pressure to lift the connective and muscle tissues. During this procedure, blood, oxygen, and the flow of qi energy, are able to travel freely through this tissue where before it may have been blocked.
Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine, refers to using plants and plant materials from seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control, along with advances in clinical research, show the value of herbal medicine in treating and preventing diseases.
More than 100 years ago, an osteopath discovered that cranial bones are interrelated to tissues and fluids in the body and its central nervous system. This gentle form of massage therapy, used by massage therapists, naturopaths, and chiropractors involves finger pressure to manipulate the bones of the skull, lower spine, and pelvis.
Prolotherapy is also known as "proliferation therapy," "regenerative injection therapy," and "proliferative injection therapy". It involves injecting special solution into the body, generally in the region of tendons or ligaments for the purpose of strengthening weakened connective tissue and alleviating musculoskeletal pain.
Gua sha is an ancient healing technique used by many Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) practitioners. In this procedure, a lubricating medium, such as massage oil, is applied to the skin of the area to be treated. A smooth-edged instrument is used by the practitioner to apply short or long strokes on the skin, typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine. This stroking motion creates raised redness (petechiae) or bruising (ecchymosis). Gua sha help to relief acute and chronic pain.