Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. An acupuncturist inserts thin, single use sterile needles into the skin at multiple acupuncture points. These needles rebalance the body’s energy, or qi, and prompt the body to release natural chemicals to fight the illness or symptom.
Cupping is typically done with a plastic or glass cup placed on the skin, then the air inside the cup is suctioned or vacuumed out. The cups can be used at rest or with movement along the skin to increase blood circulation, reduce tension and spasms, as well as promote cell repair through improved blood flow.
Herbal medicine has long been used as a part of traditional Chinese medicine. These herbs are prescribed to be used both internally and externally based on one’s acute or chronic conditions. Chinese herbal formulas are made from natural substance which are mainly plant based but can include minerals or animal products.