Needle-Free Alternatives

Chinese Nutritional Therapy

Nutrition is an important element of the Chinese Medicine system. It is one of both healing and disease prevention. Many diseases and symptoms can be treated with dietary changes; however it often takes longer and requires the utmost compliance and dedication on the patient’s behalf.

Unfortunately, today’s population has a poor concept of what constitutes a good diet. Our fast paced lifestyle often gives nutritious eating a low priority. At the same time, controversial dietary regimes and a vast array of fad diets add even more confusion to modern day eating habits.

As a result, we see rapid deterioration in the quality of people’s lives in the form of obesity, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and other avoidable conditions of modern life.

Chinese nutritio differs from modern Western nutrition in that it determines the therapeutic properties of foods instead of analyzing the chemical constituents. The advantage of this approach lies in its ability to customize to every individual’s needs. Furthermore, Chinese nutrition takes into consideration such factors as method of preparation, body type, season, and one’s geographical location in determining the appropriate diet.

Auricular (EAR) Therapy

Auricular acupuncture is most used for addiction, smoking cessation, and weight loss. It involves the stimulation of points located on the ear with tiny seeds or pellets.

The seeds are no larger than the tip of a pencil, do not pierce the skin, and are painless when affixed. The patient will leave these seeds in for up to one week and re-stimulate the points by pressing the ear a number of times each day.

There are over 200 points on the ear that represent the anatomical parts and functions of the human body. By observing points of tenderness, coloration changes, protrusions or depressions, and skin variations, a practitioner can not only treat a wide range of diseases using only the ear, but diagnose them as well.

When we stimulate these points we access the central nervous system through the cranial nerves on the auricle of the ear. This sends a direct message to the brain that results in a rapid healing response.

Cupping

In addition to acupuncture and herbal medicine, cupping therapy has been part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years. Originally, animal horn was used for cupping, later on brass, ceramic, and bamboo cups were used. Today, we use glass cups in a variety of different sizes.

Cupping is like a very deep tissue massage. The practitioner applies heat in a cup and then applies that cup to the body. The heat creates a vacuum effect and draws the skin up into the cup. The result is a movement of fresh blood to the area, increased circulation of blood and lymph, relaxation of tight muscles, and reduced inflammation.

Cupping does leave noticeable marks similar to a bruise. Although they can look alarming, they are not painful and will disappear on their own within 7 days.

Most commonly, cupping is used for aches and pains of various types including low back and leg pain, neck and shoulder tension, and fibromyalgia. It also helps open up the chest and benefits the lungs to treat respiratory problems such as cough, bronchitis and asthma.

Acupressure

Acupressure is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine which involves stimulation of acupuncture points with pressure using the sensitivity of human touch, rather than needles. This form of healing is non-invasive and gentle.

The indications include the vast array of conditions that Chinese medicine has proven to treat effectively. Because acupressure stimulates the body’s natural self-healing ability, it works as a great preventative therapy. Generally, the effects of acupressure are less potent than those of acupuncture, and as a result more treatments are needed to get the same results.

Acupressure is ideal for children. It is gentle, safe, and effective for many conditions. Acupressure is also suitable for the elderly, who commonly suffer from conditions such as arthritis, mobility problems, constipation, and poor circulation.

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