The ancient Chinese people, in their quest for health and vitality, were fascinated with the processes of the body and developed the idea of a Qi, the functional energy that guides these processes. The meridian or channel system is the conduit through which Qi flows, connecting the body from top to bottom, inside and out. The therapies of Chinese Medicine are ultimately utilized to balance and harmonize this flow, improving circulation and communication throughout the body, to help with overall function and improve health.
This is the insertion of very thin needles into specific points along the meridian system. Points are selected based on the presenting disharmony. Points can be chosen to balance the body to alleviate pain, or are chosen based on functional property of the point to balance the flow of Qi through the body.
Ai Ye, or Artemisia, or Mugwart leaf, is the main component of moxabustion. It is pocessed into either a rolled stick or remains loose. Similar to acupuncture, it is often used on specific points or channels; it's effect is to warm the channels to expel cold, strengthen the Yang-Qi of the body, and to remove stasis and improve proper flow of Qi in the channels.
This technique involves the creation of local suction on the skin using glass cups. When applied, this mobilizes the flow of Qi and blood providing for better circulation into an injured or overworked area to improve healing. Cups may be applied stationary, with sliding, or a third technique which is called flash cupping.
This therapy has a similar goal of mobilizing Qi and blood flow and is a little more aggresive at breaking up stagnation that occurs iwhtin the body. Using a smoothed edge tool (traditionally a smoothed horn, today, a ceramic soup spoon is common), increasing pressure is used to the affected/injured area, breaking up stagnation and allowing for improved Qi and blood flow.
It has to start somewhere, and the therapies of Chinese Medicine began with massage. The techniques of Tui Na were developed to be performed through the clothes and create oscillations in the body to help increase circulation and relaxation. It is often performed to prepare the body for an acupuncture treatment, or smooth Qi flow after a treatment.
The use of chinese herbs goes back to the mythical sage emporer Shennong. The legends says he had a glass stomach, allowing him to see how his body was effected by the plants and minerals he ate. Over the next several centuries, and still through today, the knowledge of chinese herbs was refined and combined to create formulas to help restore balance to the body.
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