Acupuncture (zhenjiu in Chinese) is a traditional form of needle therapy that is centuries old. In recent years, it has gained increasing popularity in the West as successful means of alternative treatment for chronic pain and other ailments. Acupuncture uses thin, sanitized needles, which are inserted at various points on the body. Acupuncture offers a proven and trusted treatment for chronic pain, illness, and many other ailments that are not always effectively treatable through Western medicine.
One of the cornerstones of traditional Chinese medicine is Chinese herbalism. Practiced and documented for nearly 2,500 years, the use of herbs and herbal remedies in Chinese medicine has a long and successful history. Herbs are used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, such as acupuncture, to treat multiple ailments at the same time. Many health problems can be successfully treated using this approach to medicine.
Cupping therapy has also been practiced for thousands of years. This alternative form of medicine uses localized suction on various parts of the body through the use of "cups". Suction is created using heat or mechanical devices. The suction created mobilizes blood flow to promote further healing in the body.
Moxibustion uses the herb moxa, which is made from dried mugwort. Accompanied by heat, moxa aids circulation and helps blood and qi flow more smoothly. Moxibustion can increase energy, treat chronic pain and is also beneficial in issues of excess and deficiency in the body. Greatly improves blood flow.