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Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of solid filiform acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture. Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body.
As I mentioned in my last post , Steve and I are in the middle of installing our room in the Gilt Home Showhouse . This is what the room looked like when we first saw it. The burlap panels were installed last week. They add some scale to the room. On Monday, our electrician, Sam A.
Other common name(s): cupping, fire cupping, body vacuuming, the horn method Scientific/medical name(s): none Cupping involves warming the air inside a glass, metal, or wooden cup and inverting it over a part of the body to treat various health conditions. Cupping is based on traditional Chinese medicine.
by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle (the technique is called gliding cupping). This treatment has some relation to certain massage techniques, such as the rapid skin pinching along the back that is an important aspect of tuina (12). In that practice, the skin is pinched, sometimes at specific points (e.g., bladder meridian points), until a redness is generated.
Before we attempt to answer the question, let's take a look at what cupping is all about. There's at least a small chance that you are reading this article now in the summer of 2008 because you saw a picture in the newspapers or on television of a Chinese swimmer preparing for the Olympic Games that showed huge, circular blotches all over her back. What is Cupping?
A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place. Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.