Descriptions of Treatment Methods of Chinese Medicine
This is what most people associate with acupuncture. The sensation of needle insertion varies from person to person. Some people experience a small pinch at the moment of insertion, while others experience nothing at all. At the site of the needle, you might notice a feeling of heaviness or tingling. This “Qi sensation” is a sign that the treatment is working, the immune system and blood flow is being influenced by the needle.
Cupping is a therapy often used for muscle tension and the common cold. Small glass cups are held in place on the body through the use of a mild suction. The practitioner is able to adjust the sensation according to the sensitivity and needs of each patient. This therapy will often leave a red mark on the body that will dissipate within a few days.
Gua Sha is a deep massage technique used to release muscle tension and to address the common cold. Your acupuncturist will use a smooth-edged tool to scrape the skin over the area of concern. This technique might also leave behind a temporary mark or redness on the body.
Tui Na literally translated, as “Push Grasp” is a traditional form of Asian bodywork. It is essentially a massage technique that is employed by your acupuncturist to address specific muscular-skeletal concerns.
Moxabustion is a form of heat therapy applied to specific acupuncture points. Your acupuncturist will burn a small quantity of mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) either on the handle of the needle or indirectly over the skin. As a patient, you will experience a pleasant warming sensation. This technique is often utilized in winter time or with cold type symptoms to warm the body.
Description of Treatments with Ayurveda
Treatment depends on your unique prakriti, your primary dosha, and the balance between all three of them.
A main goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to cleanse your body of undigested food called ama, which can stick to the inside of your body and make imbalance. This cleansing process is called panchakarma. It is used to reduce any symptoms and reestablish harmony and balance.
Panchakarma may include: