Acupuncture is synonymous with such treatments as reflexology, needle therapy, and Zhen-chiu therapy. During acupuncture the doctor treats patients by manipulating thin, solid needles that have been inserted into well-defined points on the surface of the body.
On the body 664 points are known and acupuncture specialist chooses one or other of them, depending on the nature of the disease. These "active" points differ from adjacent skin areas in a number of features: higher pain sensitivity, a high level of metabolism, higher electric potential and low electro-resistance.
Acupuncture needles are made of metal, with length from 1 to 12 cm and a thickness of 0.3-0.45 mm. With the introduction of needles into these points there are aches, bloating, a feeling of the current flow, which provides a measure of the accuracy of therapy. Needles are inserted either slow rotation or rapid puncture, or after a quick prick of the needle into the fabric deepen slow rotation. Acupuncture needles are left in the body for 15-30 minutes.
The therapy of acupuncture consists of 5-20 such sessions, conducted every other day or every day, then a 10-20 days long break is needed, after which the course may be repeated. Effect of acupuncture is due to moderate irritation of the sensory nerve branches of the skin, muscles and blood vessels.
Acupuncture stimulates and regulates the activities of the nervous system, improves reflex nervous control and power of organs and tissues, changes production of hormones and bioactive substances.
This method has a curative effect in many diseases:
- of peripheral nervous system (neuralgia, neuritis, including facial nerve neuritis, radiculitis)
- in certain diseases of the central nervous system (chorea, epilepsy, residual effects of polio)
- diseases of the autonomic nervous and vascular system
- trophic and secretory disorders in functional diseases of the nervous system (neurasthenia, psychasthenia)
- a number of internal diseases (gastroenteritis, peptic ulcer, colitis, asthma, etc.)
- in rheumatoid arthritis, allergic conditions, menstrual irregularities
- there is treatment of certain acute infectious diseases
Acupuncture is contraindicated in diseases that require urgent surgical intervention: appendicitis, bleeding from internal organs, abnormal births, cancer, etc.
Chinese medical massage
Effects on the skin
Under the influence of massage the outflow of venous blood and lymph circulation increases, this, in turn, reduces swelling and stagnation, not only in the massaged area, but also on the peripheral. Improved skin respiration and increased secretion of skin glands help remove the metabolic waste products of the body.
The impact on the joints, ligaments
Ligaments and joints become more mobile. Massage removes the contraction joint capsules produced by injury or disease, reduces periarticular swelling, accelerates the removal of decay products, and prevents the effects of joint microtrauma. Due to warming of the massaged area, the positive effect of massage on the ligaments and joints is the increasing blood and lymph circulation.
Effects on the cardiovascular system
Under the influence of massage the number of functioning capillaries increases, that determines the increasing arterial blood flow, that helps to activate blood circulation in general, the redistribution of blood from the body to the muscles and skin. The massage is the elimination of stagnation (and not only on the massaged area, but also to the nearby tissues and organs), and absorption of enemata.
Effects on the nervous system
Using massage techniques, especially vibration can activate nerves that regulate the activity of the endocrine glands. Thus, the vibration in the stomach increase the secretion of gastric juice in the liver - a branch of the bile, and so recognized the value of massage to relieve fatigue and improve physical and mental performance. It is known that massage helps on tired muscles, fatigue, and gives a feeling of vitality and lightness.
Effects on internal organs and metabolism
Effect of massage on the respiratory system is manifested in the fact that due to reflex relations breathing becomes deeper, calmer and less. Chest compressions, especially intercostals spaces, improve the function of the respiratory muscles, which, in turn, contributes to a better saturation of oxygen, the removal of metabolic products, decrease fatigue.
Full body massage has a regulating effect on all vegetative functions: respiration, circulation, digestion, etc. Thus, the massage reduced blood pressure in hypertensive patients.
Relation to abdominal massage reflex increases peristalsis of smooth muscle fibers, thus improving the work of the stomach and intestine, increases bile flow, regulates the activity of the endocrine glands. Under the effect of the massage urination increases and excretion of nitrogen can last for days after the massage.
Abdominal massage techniques like Qigong therapy, achieve good results in weight loss, and in the treatment of diseases such as gastritis, colitis, a metabolic disorder. Abdominal massage tightens flabby abdomen, helps to get rid of body fat in the abdominal area, and stimulates the body's energy.
Thus, massage has a local and general effect on the body. The mechanism of action is complex: neural, humoral, endocrine processes regulated by the central nervous system, especially stimulation of receptors massaged area.
Chinese acupressure massage (Jing Luo)
Acupressure massage originated in ancient China, has much in common with the classic massage. But there are a number of distinctive features: in particular, the massaging effect is directed to the special line, the so-called "meridians", which focused acupressure points of the body. This so-called acupressure, gives a good effect in the treatment of many diseases. Treats hypertensive disease, ischemic heart disease, stomach ulcer, acute respiratory infections, sleep disorders, low back pain, cervical spine, low back pain in the lumbar - sacral spine, decrease fatigue and fainting.
Chinese traditional massage is based on the theory of the relationship between the balance of Yin-Yang and teaching of energy channels (meridians) "Jingli" with circulating life energy Qi. If any organ or system is not in order, and that means that they disturbed the balance of Yin and Yang, the meridians show. This channel interferes with the normal circulation of Qi energy. Masseur stimulates the points on the corresponding meridians, Qi movement to normal, through the appropriate organ or meridian system restores the balance of Yin and Yang.
Warming Wormwood is as known as in ancient times: sagebrush-grass, God's tree, witch grass, cure against 100 diseases ... Birds use this herb to protect her chicks from the parasites in their nests. In old legends wormwood is miraculous and magical - the smell of the herb is able to kick out of the house almost every evil It has the property to restore our harmony with nature. Wormwood also has a reputation for sanitary facilities. Anciently it was fumigated to infectious patients and facilities during the wars and epidemics, as a disinfectant it was used even in cholera. But the most unusual properties of wormwood have been identified and used by the Chinese and Tibetan healers in their methods, which is now known as the jiu-therapy or moxa therapy - reflex zones of the body are burnt by sagebrush cigars. The essence of the procedure is that the acupressure points on the body surface warmed by the glow tip sagebrush cigars or with smoldering cone of dry sagebrush. There are several methods of moxibustion. The first way is called a non-contact heating. In this case, a smoldering cigar is brought to the desired point by a distance of 1.5-2 cm and each point is heated for 2-3 minutes, a maximum of 5 minutes. With a high efficiency of this method of treatment is practically not damage the body surface, there is only a slight redness* that quickly passes.
The second way when therapist places a medium (a handful of salt, a slice of ginger, a slice of garlic, etc.) between the skin and the lit up moxa cone until the moxa burns out. During direct moxibution practitioner places a small cone-shaped of moxa directly on the skin at the acupuncture point and lights it up and until the moxa cone burns out, more than one cone of moxa may be applied as treatment plan requirs. The method of heating depends on the type of disease.
Regions and acupuncture points are warmed by moxa with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. In addition, the smoke of burning wormwood has antibacterial properties.
Cauterization of points is differing in two types. The first is indicating the disease. They are detected by palpation (palpation) of the patient. When the doctor presses fingers on these points the patient feels pain or opposite a pleasant feeling ("pleasant pain"). These points correspond to the vascular diseases, from which other diseases come. Second comes the points, which are known by only the doctor. These points correspond to dense and hollow organs.
Vacuum therapy or cupping massage is one of the most effective methods which are not medical physiological recovery of the body - acts by mobilizing the body's own resources. Vacuum therapy activates the peripheral circulation, improves skin nutrition, and removes congestion in the tissues, the yield on the surface of the skin and toxic oxidized products. The vacuum causes local blood flow and lymph flow to the skin depth of the underlying tissue, which has a reflex effect on the blood vessels of internal organs. In addition, on the effects produced biologically active substances that stimulate the metabolic and regenerative processes. The skin becomes elastic, increases its resistance to temperature and mechanical factors, improves contractile function of muscles, increasing their tone, elasticity, and mobility of ligaments. It dramatically increases metabolism in the subcutaneous fat. A lymph-draining effect of massage reduces swelling, which is a necessary condition for the treatment of cellulite.
The effect of the vacuum is an allocation of the extract of the sebaceous and sweat glands which include urea, acetone, and bile acids. They are in certain concentrations toxics, but with this therapy it is possible to clean your body from them.
Gua Sha therapy
We can translate the name of Gua Sha as "to scrape away pain". Therapeutic scraping Gua Sha is one method of reflexology, used in Chinese medicine. A small plate of horn or stone is used during this type of massage, which is treated with certain areas (meridians) that include different points on the body, face and head.
Thus, the method is similar in action to the classic point massage and the use of needles. The impact of this massage can be on fairly large therapeutic areas.
Instrumental irritation fields of cutaneous receptors send a strong recovery momentum in the damaged organs and tissues that are in direct projection "irritating" the skin.
Irritation of the skin of back, abdomen, neck and other parts of the body can produce an accurate diagnosis of internal injuries due to the emergence of a specific pattern of cutaneous lesions in the projection room.
This phenomenon can also monitor the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions. Restoration of microcirculation of the suffering member leads in most cases to a complete restoration (or significant improvement) of functions without the use of a specific medication. Gua Sha massage improves metabolic processes in the skin and removes toxins.
It is very effective in osteochondrosis, colds, bronchitis, cholecystitis, has positive effects on the cardiovascular system. It is used to prevent disease, for medical purposes.
* During the session it is better watch your feelings. We all have different sensitivity to warming, and in the case of feeling more burning or discomfort, please report to your doctor.