Acupuncture is one of the main modalities included within Traditional Chinese Medicine. This healing technique is based on the Taoist philosophy of balancing the flow of Qi (pronounced chee) through a web of energy meridians circulating within the body. Acupuncture is performed by the insertion of very fine needles at specific acupuncture points mapped out along these meridians. These points can affect specific body organs or tissues in order to relieve pain, disease, and dysfunction. Another way to explain the effects of acupuncture would be that these acupuncture points serve as places to stimulate nerves, muscles, and the surrounding connective tissue. When a needle is inserted it activates an immune response from the body, increases blood circulation, all while boosting the body's natural painkilling ability.
Acupuncture can treat:
* Healing Hut Specialities
Cupping – Cupping is a form of ancient Oriental medicine. Its actions are that of a reverse massage. Instead of direct pressure into the muscles and connective tissue performed by a massage therapist’s hands or forearms to provide relief, glass cups are used with heat and suction to gently draw the skin and superficial layers of connective tissue upwards into the cup. The vacuum effect helps to release layers of adhesions in the tissue, reduce pain, and break up muscular knots. Cupping often leaving painless blemishes that will heal in 4-6 days. It is used in the treatment of Pain Syndromes, Digestive Diseases, Respiratory Diseases, and Gynecological Disorders. There are three different techniques that may be used.
- Stationary Cupping – The cups may be placed for 5 to 15 minutes without movement. This technique dispels stagnation of blood and lymphatic fluids thereby relieving pain, toxicity, and improving blood circulation. This technique is great for pulling toxins to the surface of the body.
- Sliding Cupping – With the use of medicinal oils, the practioner places the cups as if to perform stationary cupping, however, the cups are gently slid back and forth or in a circular motion to provide even greater release of the surrounding tissue. This technique is great for Chronic Conditions such as Shoulders, Back, and Knee Pain.
- Flash Cupping – This technique consists of repeated placement and removal of the cups creating a “pop” of suction. Flash cupping is useful for the treatment of early stage Common Colds, Respiratory Infections, Bronchitis, and Asthma.
Moxibustion – Moxibustion, commonly known as “Moxa”, is the burning of dried mugwort in order to facilitate healing. There are several ways to perform moxa. One is using a moxa stick, which is roughly the size and shape of a cigar. It is lit at one end and then held close to the area being treated for several minutes or until the patient can feel warmth in the area. Another type of moxa is Needle moxa. It is performed with the insertion of an acupuncture needle, and then the tip of the needle is wrapped in moxa and ignited. After the desired warmth is achieved, the moxa is extinguished and the needle is removed. Moxibustion's purpose in Oriental medicine is to Strengthen the Blood and the Immune System, Stimulate Circulation and Relieve Tension, Warm the Body, and Maintain Overall Health.
Gua Sha – Gua Sha meaning “To Scrape the Wind”, is an Oriental medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce a sub-cutaneous blemishing which increases surface circulation of blood. It is performed by repeated pressured strokes over skin with a flat shaped tool and medicinal oils, until “sha” or blemishes appear. The blemishes are painless and will usually fade in 2-4 days. Gua sha can Release Unhealthy Elements from Injured Areas of the body, Reduce Fever, Inflammation, and Pain.
Electroacupuncture – Electroacupuncture is similar to Acupuncture in that it uses the same points for treatment, but after the needles have been inserted into acupuncture points, the needles are then attached to a device that generates an electric pulse by small clips. The device is adjusted in frequency and intensity depending on the treatment and effect desired. Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions such as Neurological Disorders, Stroke, Degenerative Diseases, Atrophy, Chronic Pain, and Relief of Muscle Pain.