What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting hair-thin needles into specific acupuncture points. Practiced for over 2500 years in China, acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which views health as a constantly flow of energy. Acupuncture helps to regulate imbalances in this natural flow of energy, which result in disease.

How it work
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to nourish the tissues, structures and organs. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. Any obstruction and blockages or deficiencies of energy would eventually lead to disease.

The acupuncture needles can unblock the obstruction at the dams, and re-establish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatment can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in digestion, absorption, energy production activities and the circulation of energy through the meridians.


Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means “acupuncture-moxibustion.” The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.

How does moxibustion work? Does it hurt?
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned. This type of moxibustion is further categorized into two types: scarring and non-scarring. With scarring moxibustion, the moxa is placed on a point, ignited, and allowed to remain onto the point until it burns out completely. This may lead to localized scarring, blisters and scarring after healing. With non-scarring moxibustion, the moxa is placed on the point and lit, but is extinguished or removed before it burns the skin. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring unless the moxa is left in place for too long.



What is Tui Na?
Tui Na (pronounced tway na) is the name used for a wide variety of massage techniques. It has been used in China for 2,000 years. It can be traced back to 1700 BC. Oracle bones show that Tui Na massage was used to treat children’s diseases and digestive complains in adults. Tui Na is spreading throughout the world as a powerful therapeutic method now.

Tui Na is a professional branch of Chinese medicine that uses hand manipulations (massage) for therapeutic reasons. It utilizes the same theories and principles of health and disease as acupuncture and herbology, which are other two major elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine. While sharing the same basic energetic theory, each area uses different means for influencing the energy of a person toward health and away from disease. All three therapies attempt to achieve the same results.

How does Tui Na work?
Tui Na therapy utilizes hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of qi, and manipulation techniques to realign the muscular-skeletal and ligaments relationships (bone setting). It treats various energetic imbalances that may result in disease. This is achieved by:


a brief introduction to reflexology

What is Reflexology
Reflexology is an ancient healing art which has been known to mankind for many thousands of years. It was first practiced by the early Indian, Chinese and Egyptian people. Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American surgeon, introduced it to west in 1913. Reflexology is also known as Zone therapy, Reflex Therapy and Compression Massage. It is an natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands, feet and ears which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through the application of pressure on these reflexes, Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and promotes the natural function of the body.

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