And so, to Acupuncture, the best known of all TCM's group of treatments. TCM acupuncture can rightly be known as classical, because of its adherence to the basic tenets of TCM teachings, principles, causation of illnesses, diagnosis and eventual treatments.
Many people think Acupuncture has only recently been introduced into Europe, but that is further from the truth. It was certainly known about in Europe as far ago as in the 17th century, and as we are aware, it was recommended by some well travelled eminent western doctors, here and in the United States of America at the beginning of the last century. Now a days, almost every country in the world accepts this form of treatment alongside western medicine.
Acupuncture's continuing popularity and development in today's world, says much of the efficancy of this method of treatment, and the grounding of the principles on which it is rooted.
Acupuncture has a romantic story of its own, and literally means 'piercing' the skin. It involves the insertion of very fine filiform needles into specific and Ashi points along the meridians/channels, to elicit a reaction/sensation, and the arrival of Chi. Ashi, Chi, Meridians and Channels are common/technical terms used in acupuncture.
Acupuncture is drug/medicine free, but it should not, however, be considered as a cure all. It cannot and does not effectively treat every illness which afflicts the human body, even when used for conditions in which it is known to be beneficial. At times the apparently impossible may be helped, while the easy may prove extremely stubborn. It does however, have a wide range of applications and these are not confined to painful skeletal conditions.
Variants of Acupuncture
Auricular (EAR) Acupuncture
Auricular Acupuncture is the needling/stimulation of acupuncture points on the ear surface. There is the Wester medicine and a TCM(Chinese) versions, both use the same techniques in their application.
Auricular acupuncture has a long history which can be found in many publications elsewhere. It is used on its own or in conjunction with body acupuncture.
Auricular Acupuncture is unique in that it other materials are used other than the ordinary needles, they are seeds and press needles which are held in position by plaster.
Conditions treated are the same as in whole body acupuncture, but it is particularly useful in the treatment of substance abuse.
True Beauty is from within!!
Look No Further
If you are serious about your beauty, then you must look at it in a 'Holistic' way, where Beauty is promoted from within
Chinese Cosmetology has been around for thousands of years, initially used by the top end of Chinese society. The Empresses, of the Emperor and his Minister's wives.
It has been a quest of the Chinese to find the “Yang Sheng” which literally translates to “Cultivate Life”. It is the external search for longevity. In terms of modern research aging relates to the accumulation of free radicals which cause the body to change, the organs dysfunction, the skin to degenerate producing winkles, lines and loss of elasticity.
In the Chinese system of health, long lasting beauty is derived from within, a healthy body that functions smoothly, and in harmony will express itself with exterior beauty. Therefore, the Chinese cosmetic therapy is an integral part of the holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
The use of a good antioxidant can slow the process of aging, but alongside Acupuncture the skin and complexion can be enhanced and all organ states can be maintained.
Within the holistic approach not only do we not look at the way the body functions and the flow of Qi(Chi) throughout the body, but also the psychological aspects of the individual, for example, a stressed and angry person will find difficulty in looking beautiful. The acupuncturist will seek to solve the stagnation of the Liver (Chi) in order to calm the client, therefore relaxing the facial muscles to enhance beauty. This is an example of an individual approach used within a “Holistic Beauty Treatment.” The individualized look of the body, Health and Beauty is very effective and long lasting.
Shakespeare wrote “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”, if you feel well, are happy and relaxed then beauty will emerge from within!!
How It Works
Stimulation of the acupuncture points of the face and other parts of the body not only promotes the micro circulation of the peripheral blood vessels in the areas, but it also has physiological effects, such as the release of neuro transmitters through the central nervous system, these readjust the hormones that change the bodily state of the person(a scientific view).
Practitioners claim that this stimulation boosts the production of COLLAGEN and encourages he body to hydrate the skin and the subcutaneous muscles ( those just below the delicate skin of the face) itself. Fans of this beauty treatment, claim it is a holistic “face lift” that leaves one looking and feeling younger and healthier. It has no side effects and it is also completely safe to use in pregnancy. It is also useful for stress relief and aims to improve the wellbeing as a whole, something that few facials attempt. Cosmetic acupuncture seems to be a gentler option!
The Procedure / What Happens
In Cosmetic acupuncture specialized very fine needles are inserted in the chosen points-local points and where changes are needed. Body points are invariably used as supplementary ones.
The following is a guide of some of the conditions and problems which can be helped by acupuncture, which shows how versatile and powerful it can be.
Pain and weakness: In the Neck, Shoulders, Arms, Hands – fingers, Legs, Feet, Back, Vertebral discs problems. Muscular cramps, Localized traumatic injuries. Sprains and Strains, Sports and Accidental injuries. Arthritis.
Headaches, Migraine, Neuralgia, Strokes residuals, Parkinson's disease, Facial and Bell's palsy.
Traumas, Insomnia, Depression, Anxiety, Stress related conditions.
Abdominal pain, Colitis, and Digestive disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Sinusitis, Common Cold, Bronchitis, Allergy, Asthma. Circulatory System Blood pressure, Angina, Palpitation.
Painful periods, PMS, Cramps, Menopausal Syndromes, Infertility, Child birth.
Cystitis, Problems with Micturition.
Conditions of Unknown Origin
ME, Lack of Energy, Substance Abuse.