Normally, Qi should flow in a smooth and balanced way through a series of organ meridians or channels. Illness results when there is blockage in this energy flow or if there is inadequate supply of Qi. A number of factors can disturb the flow of Qi, some of which include:
- Dysfunctional emotional states (anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief)
- Poor Nutrition
- Hereditary Factors
The flow of Qi can be regulated throughout the body using various techniques, such as acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, and using Chinese patent herbs. Acupuncture is known to treat a variety of conditions, some of which include:
Acupuncture for Neurological Conditions:headaches, migraines, neuralgias, forms of paralysis, peripheral neuropathy, tinnitus and vertigo.
Acupuncture for Cardiovascular Disorders: High blood pressure, edema, chest pain, angina, and poor circulation.
Acupuncture for Respiratory Conditions: Asthma, bronchitis, sore throat, sinusitis, and nasal congestion.
Acupuncture for Digestive Disorders: Esophagitis, acid reflux, gastritis, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, and constipation.
Acupuncture for Ob/Gynecological Conditions: Hormonal dysregulation, irregular menstruation, painful or heavy menstruation, premenstrual syndrome, fibroids, endometriosis, and infertility.
Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal System Disorders: Arthritis, back pain, frozen shoulder, tenosynovitis, muscle cramps, and sports injuries.
Acupuncture for Psychological conditions – anxiety, depression, stress management, substance abuse and addictions.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective and non-invasive treatment to reduce the signs of aging. The treatment involves insertion of very fine and sterile needles on key points and areas on the face. Acupuncture improves the circulation of qi and blood on the face. These needles also stimulate collagen production improving the elasticity of the facial muscle and making it look firmer.
Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture
- Helps to minimize or eliminate fine lines on the face
- Helps to eliminate dark circles and puffy eyes
- Improves facial color by increasing the local circulation
- Helps to keep acne under control
- Gives radiance and glow to sallow complexion
- Delays the aging process
- Helps to lift sagging skin and drooping eyelids
According to TCM, wrinkles and blemishes result from internal imbalances as much as external imbalances. Just like any acupuncture treatment, a cosmetic acupuncture treatment is very individualistic. And it will involve correcting some of the body imbalances along with rejuvenating the face.
Cupping is a traditional healing therapy in which a cup is attached to the surface of the skin, causing local congestion through the negative pressure created by introducing heat or suction. The aim of cupping to treat disease.
This practise has been prevalent since the ancient times. It was mainly used by surgeons to draw out toxins while treating the skin and other external conditions. Along with the development of clinical practice, not only were the materials used for cupping greatly improved, but also the range of indications expanded. In today’s times cupping is very commonly used to treat external and internal disorders.
Wet cupping is a form of cupping where a cup is placed over a tiny prick made on the surface of the skin with a needle or a lancet. The suction from the cup draws out blood. This goal to promote bleeding is also called bloodletting. Along with the blood, we flush out toxins and clear out any blood stagnation. It is a very therapeutic technique and is successfully used to treat conditions like varicose veins, sprains, pain, and mastitis to name a few.
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