Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
How does moxibustion work? Does it hurt?
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned.
Indirect moxibustion is currently the more popular form of care because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red.
What is moxibustion used for?
In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi. In Western medicine, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the Bladder meridian. Other studies have shown that moxibustion increases the movement of the fetus in pregnant women, and may reduce the symptoms of menstrual cramps when used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture
Besides the regular moxibustion, herbal Mud moxibustion also applied. It is a therapeutic method used since antiquity. It is used to prevent and treat disease by heating and ionophoresis.
Because substance used has the look and consistency of mud, this therapy was called "mud Moxibustion". The material is dense may be applied to any part of the body.
Therapeutic effect: stimulates blood circulation, fights inflammation, eliminate cold and dampness in the body. Can quickly unlock and remove cold meridians in the body.
Mud moxibustion has no side effects and is suitable for both the young and the elderly.
Reflexology is the ancient art and science of using pressure points on the feet, hands and ears to heal and revitalize the entire body. The theory behind reflexology is that each of the body’s organs and glands are “linked” to corresponding areas of the hands and feet. The application of pressure to the hands, feet or ears relaxes muscles and improves blood circulation. Reflexology helps to adjust the body's energy flow in order to keep the organs and glands in a constant state of balance. This focused form of acupressure and relaxation techniques helps the body in many ways. It aids in circulation, helps the body to release toxins and improves the function of the immune, muscular and nervous systems. While acting as a powerful therapeutic technique, reflexology also helps to calm the emotions and assist the body in releasing tension.
It’s a non-invasive and deeply profound treatment that allows the body to regenerate itself.
While the greatest benefits of Reflexology are attained over the course of several treatments, many of our clients feel a change almost right away! Taking this quiet time to care for your body naturally improves one’s outlook and sets a course for positive thinking.
Most Well-known Areas Reflexology Can Improve:
Headaches and migraines
High/low blood pressure
Poor blood circulation and immune system
Recovery from the muscle injury
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In common sense, acupuncture only works to muscle, meridian, organ, etc. it can’t work on the bone. But if practitioner does the proper way, it can
2. After the pituitary gland is activated by acupuncture, it can positively and constantly secret the HGH. And the proper amount HGH can be adjusted by the body itself.
3. Help HGH target to the cartilage more effectively. According to TCM theory, the bone is related to the kidney, and the kidney is closely related to pituitary-gonad axis. TCM/acupuncture can make HGH better target on cartilage to make it grow by strengthening the kidney.
4. Balance the muscle, tendon, and bone after the bone is grown. Acupuncture can balance the tension between these tissues to avoid the spasm or stretch.
After the first treatment, you can see the difference, averagely people can increase 1-1.5 cm (note: it is not permanent for the first time. Because acupuncture just releases the tension between the bones especially from the vertebra, the body can stretch about 1.5cm. it just proves one can grow )
20 times acupuncture as one course
People under 22 years old have 70-80% chance to increase height
May grow 3-10 cm
There is no guarantee how much one can increase. And it is all natural and no side effect.
Pain management acupuncture
The goal of acupuncture treatment is not to cure, but to provide clinical improvement as measured by a patient’s function and sense of well-being. Acupuncture focuses on a holistic, energy-based approach to the patient, rather than a disease-oriented diagnostic and treatment model. Acupuncture is thought to have a general homeostatic effect, facilitating the activity of the body’s natural healing mechanisms, thus returning the body to its normal functional state.
Needles are inserted to a depth of 4–25 mm and left in place for a period of time (from a few seconds to many minutes). There are often 6–12 needles (and sometimes more) inserted at different acupoints at the same time. The sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache at the entry point. Many people say they feel very relaxed or sleepy, and some report increased energy levels afterwards.
Electro acupuncture (EA)
A tiny focused electric current is applied to the skin at the acupoints or can be applied to the needle itself. There are various modalities to consider.
A stimulating heat may be applied onto the needle over the acupoints. Traditionally, this was a smouldering herb.
In laser acupuncture, a fine low-energy laser beam is directed onto the acupoint.
Here, pressure is used to stimulate the acupoints. This can be in the form of a bracelet or strap. This method is commonly used to alleviate motion sickness.
Mechanisms of action
There are several postulated mechanisms of action.
Natural opioid substances
Needling affects the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) concentrations of the naturally occurring opiate substances: dynorphin (acting at spinal level), endorphin (acting within the brain), and encephalin (acting both in the brain and at a spinal level). Endorphins and enkephalins are potent blockers or modulators of pain arising from the musculoskeletal system. Dynorphin is a powerful modulator of visceral pain; it has a weaker effect on musculoskeletal pain modulation.
The above notions were supported by cross-perfusion experiments in which an acupuncture-induced analgesic effect was transferred from the donor rabbit to the recipient rabbit when the CSF was transferred.2 The prevention of acupuncture-induced analgesia by naloxone and by antiserum against endorphins offers further support the involvement of endorphins.
The neurogate theory
Similar to the mechanism of the action of widely used trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), the neurogate theory has also been offered as an explanation to the blockade of pain. The close correlation between local acupuncture points for pain and trigger points as noted by Melzack3, co-author of the gate theory of pain, represents a major convergence of Western and Eastern knowledge.
Endogenous corticosteroid release
The presence of a foreign body (needle) may act to stimulate vascular and immuno-modulatory factors, including those of local inflammation. Adrenocorticotrophic hormone has been shown to be elevated after acupuncture treatments, suggesting that adrenal activation and the release of endogenous corticosteroids may also result.
Acupuncture may induce relaxation of ‘stuck’ myofibrils within tissue planes. This is thought to have a similar effect to the injection of painful trigger points (a common procedure undertaken in pain clinics).
Local blood flow
In causing minor trauma to an area of the body, it is postulated that acupuncture may increase local blood flow to the surrounding area. This may initiate or catalyze the healing process.4
Mesolimbic loop of analgesia
The mesolimbic pathway is one of the neural pathways the brain that link the ventral tegmentum area in the midbrain to the nucleus accumbens in the limbic system. It is one of the four major pathways where the neurotransmitter dopamine is found and produces a pleasurable feeling when stimulated.
When is Acupuncture Most Useful?
The most successful applications of acupuncture in the US and Canada are for pain problems, particularly acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Pain problems responsive to acupuncture include: acute sprains and strains, pain from nerve entrapment, repetitive strain disorders (eg. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis), myofascial pain patterns (eg. Temporomandibular joint pain, muscle tension headaches, shoulder pain, neck and back pain), arthralgias (particularly osteoarthritic in nature), degenerative disc disease with or without radicular pain, pain following surgical intervention (both musculoskeletal and visceral), postherpetic neuralgia, peripheral neuropathic pain and miscellaneous headaches.
Stress Relief Acupuncture
Stress (along with anxiety, and depression) is one of the most common issues that patients come in. Their chronic stress manifests as a wide range of emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms. In many cases, they are able to find relief through acupuncture treatment, reporting:
More stable mood, calmness and centeredness
Happier, more consistent sense of ease
Feeling more in control & able to perform work
Usual anxiety triggers no longer affect them
Higher / more stable energy
Ease of digestion
Free of aches & pains
Higher adaptability & ability to solve problems
More ease integrating learning experiences
Clearer thinking & decision-making
Better ability to take on work and tasks
How to explain the above results? While Traditional Chinese Medicine has its unique framework for explaining them, here we will discuss acupuncture and mental/emotional health from a physiological perspective. The key seems to be that acupuncture acts like physical therapy for the nervous system. It entrains the nervous system and brain to behave in ways that correspond to desired effects (like those described above).
(Note: while acupuncture uses a physical mechanism to positively influence stress symptoms, we are also great proponents of using non-physical mechanisms to prevent and address them, such as meditation and mindfulness practices–popular topics.)
More specifically, studies show that acupuncture appears to have a positive effect on Heart Rate Variability, which in turn promotes a healthy Central Autonomic Network (or the brain’s “executive function”). In this article, we will explore:
what Heart Rate Variability and the Central Autonomic Network are,
how acupuncture keeps these body systems in balance
how keeping them in balance prevents and diminishes all manner of stress-related symptoms.
Stress at the root of mental, emotional and physical symptoms
First of all, it’s helpful to understand how central stress is to our health. Chinese medicine, as well as many traditional medical systems that see the mind and body as inextricably interconnected, see thoughts and emotions as the primary drivers of physical health issues. This acknowledgment of the mind-body connection is becoming increasingly mainstream. For example, the list of stress symptoms span the emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioral realms. Scanning its list, it’s easy to see how the mind, emotions, body, and behaviors are intimately interconnected:
Emotional symptoms of stress include:
Becoming easily frustrated, agitated, and moody
Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
Having trouble relaxing and quieting your mind
Feeling badly about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
Avoiding others / social situations
Physical symptoms of stress include:
Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
Aches, pains, and tense muscles
Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
Frequent colds and infections
Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
Nervousness and shaking
Cold or sweaty hands and feet
Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
Cognitive symptoms of stress include:
Forgetfulness and disorganization
Inability to focus
Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
Behavioral symptoms of stress include:
Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing
Western medicine has shown that acupuncture releases endorphins and activates natural pain killers. Now we see that it affects other biological functions as well. Chinese medicine sees acupuncture as improving functioning by correcting blockages or imbalances in the organs.
Although some doctors think acupuncture obviously can’t always treat moderate or severe depression alone and you should consult your doctor before going off or reducing any medication. But, the evidence is clear: acupuncture can improve depression, anxiety, and stress.
The experience of acupuncture is, for most of patients, quite pleasant and relaxing. Once the needles are in, the patient lies quietly on the table with low lighting, lovely music playing and often with aromatherapy incorporated into the process. The patients leave feeling “blissed out” .
Weight loss program
Weight loss has become a common goal for many people in recent years and it can definitely be attributed to the prevalence of less nutritive rich foods, busy lifestyles, and higher stress levels which seem to dominate day to day lives. Natural methods of weight loss have become very popular, but unfortunately some fail to deliver lasting results.
Acupuncture is a needle-based alternative therapy sometimes used for weight loss. Long practiced in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is thought to stimulate the body's flow of vital energy and, in turn, improve several factors known to contribute to obesity.
In a research review published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2009, scientists analyzed 31 studies (with a total of 3,013 participants) and found that acupuncture was associated with a significant reduction in average body weight.
In a study published in Acupuncture in Medicine in 2012, researchers gave women either acupuncture or sham acupuncture (non-penetrating acupuncture at the same points). After two 20-minute sessions per week for five weeks, hormone levels were measured. Women who received acupuncture had decreased insulin and leptin levels and a decrease in body mass index (BMI) compared to the women who received sham acupuncture.
Advantages of the program:
Individuals involved in the program on average can lose 10-20% of their weight. Results are quick as people can see a difference in only 3-5 treatments and even after the first treatment changes are known to have been felt.
The program integrates 16 different treatments including acupuncture, ear seeds, Chinese herbs, infra-red, ultra-sound, electrical needles which are all natural ways of regulating the body and boosting the immune system to help the body naturally adjust itself to its intended weight.
Only one treatment a weeks is needed where as comparable treatment may require multiple treatments a week.
A major benefit of the integrated treatment is that its results are continuous, unlike using only acupuncture, dieting, or herb individually. The treatment substantially helps to keep the weight off providing lasting result.
10 treatments equal one course of treatment
Depending on each individual, 1-6 courses may be needed
$63 per treatment for acupuncture
$120 per treatment for infra-red/ultra-sound
Package price: $819 including all treatments/10 times
Facial revitalization program
Acupuncture as a natural healing treatment has more recently been applied to the exciting field of facial cosmetic treatment.
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture, or cosmetic acupuncture, is a non-surgical treatment for facial and skin issues to improve acne, rosacea, wrinkles and elasticity.
In addition to the many and varied health-promoting effects throughout the body that regular acupuncture treats, facial rejuvenation acupuncture aims to correct the signs of aging by both local treatment and by treating the underlying causes of what is specifically manifesting the aging process.
Facial Revitalization works to increase nutrition and oxygen flow to the elastic cell help eliminate toxins, increase collagen production and elastin, improve circulation and keep moisture in the skin. It is a non-surgical method of reducing the signs of aging. It improves neck and facial muscle tone, tones loose sagging skin, reduces wrinkles, improves acne prone skin and lightening body vitality. Besides, acupuncture can profoundly affect the regulation of hormones in the body, it treats the overall health while simultaneously enhancing appearance. In this program, you will receive the package as acupuncture, acupressure, massage Gua Sha, horology, IPL, facial cupping, microcurrent, facial rolling and other modalities.
Full section of facial vitalization:
Ba Gua style acupuncture techniques/ Gua Sha & acupressure or facial massage
3 rounds difference herbal paste (refresh skin, remove toxin, moisten and soften skin)
Diet formula consultation
Cost: $120 per treatment
Half section of facial vitalization:
Ba Gua style acupuncture techniques/ Gua Sha & acupressure or facial massage
1 rounds difference herbal paste
Cost: $85 per treatment
Package price: $782.5/10 times
Traditional Medicine’s Perspective:
The meridians of our body determines the life and death of our body functions. This means that majority of sicknesses could be helped by fixing the Meridians of human body to gain good health.
Bio-electric therapy is a combination based on ancient Chinese Medicinal Principle, modern Western Reflexology, Bio-Electricity Technology. This combination emerged from our patented DDS Machine (CE Certified) transmitting out through the body that generates a low electric current and penetrates into our body to regulate the Meridian back to health so that the DDS Bio-Electric Energy could revive the weak Meridian. This generates good blood circulation, improve our immune system, as a result, healing takes place and thereafter regain good health.
Principle and the Role of DDS Therapy
1. Clearing the Blockages of The Meridians
DDS Therapy can be controlled. It is the use of Electric current flowing in our body to stimulate the gas from within us, rectify and clear the Meridian passage. Once our Body Meridian is cleared with good blood circulation, nerves maintaining well such that illnesses cannot afford to survive and grow in our healthy body. All illnesses will be gone, our good health will stay.
2. Promote Blood Circulation
DDS Bio-Electric energy is able to penetrate deep into our system. By doing so, all our blood vessels will expand, a significant improve in blood flow will be observed, a reduction of blood viscosity, improve in micro-circulation, this greatly increase the storage capacity of oxygen and eliminates carbon dioxide. This therapy is a best solution to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases.
3. Activate Cells
By using DDS Bio-Energy actively, cells are re-activated, increases our body’s life force and energy, improve cell mucosal absorption power, balance our body bio-energy strength, increase in many good body enzymes, as such our metabolism and energy level are both enhanced dramatically.
4. Activate Nerve and Muscle Tissue
After applying Bio-electric energy to stimulate our nerves and muscles; it could excite and revive dying nervous system. As such, muscle is strengthened, repaired and muscle tension removed. Therefore, one would see great improvement in stroke patient, or people suffer from paralysis and muscle atrophy.
5. Regulating the Digestive System
It works in helping and regulating our endocrine glands and systems, all the organs that are controlled and regulated by endocrine systems will improve in their functions.
6. Has Anti-Inflammatory Effect
DDS Bio-Electric Energy can increase the number of white blood cells, strengthen them and enhance the anti-inflammatory and sterilisation effect within our body.
7. Has Analgesic Effect
DDS Bio-Electric Energy once penetrated into our nerves, it could relief all kinds of tension and pain caused by poor nervous system.
8. Eliminate Fatigue
During the process of DDS Bio-Electric Energy penetrating into our body, ENDORPHIN increases in our body. As such, we could feel the sense of excitement and happiness, thus eliminating body fatigue. The effect is the same as after rigorous exercising but in a comfortable and relax way because we use DDS Bio-Electric Energy to achieve this state of increase in Endorphin in our body is definitely a great pleasure as compared to traditional physical exercise routine.
9. Purify and Detoxify our Body
Our blood circulation will increase, metabolism will also increase. This process gets rid of all acidic and harmful substances within us. Our blood becomes more alkaline. As a result, triglycerides and cholesterols are removed, cleansing our body and retaining good health.
10. Beauty, Slimming, Fitness.
DDS Bio-Electric Energy enables electro chemical reaction in us. With the above mentioned points, we could lose weight. DDS Bio-Electric Therapy also allows us to retain youth, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, keep us healthy and fit.