Acupuncture is a technique that involves the insertion
of fine metal needles into specific points of the skin.
These points are located along invisible pathways called
meridians, where the bio energy (Qi) flows creating links
between the internal organs.
Unbalance or interruption in this energy is believed to
be cause of diseases, and the aim of the acupuncture
is to restore the normal flow of bio energy through this
It is thought that acupuncture was originally developped
in China over 4000 years ago, although this technique
was developed also in other countries like Japan, Korea
Chinese cupping uses glass cups (previously heated
with a naked flame) applied to the skin, creating a
vacuum effect that keeps these cups attached to the
body and lifting up the skin into the glass.
Is believed that this suction stimulates the flow of blood,
eases aches and pains, and releases stress.
Chinese herbal medicine is a cocktail of ingredients taken from plants, animals and minerals. It is used for correcting the
disharmonic patterns of the body. The practitioner designs the formula with ingredients for targeting the disease, and adds other
ingredients to adjust the patient's condition.
Chinese herbal medicine relies only on the natural components, without the use of synthetic drugs that can be toxic for the body,
and is capable of treating the vast range of conditions.
MASSAGE (TUI NA)
Massage is a technique that acts on the skin and the
muscles in different ways, like pressing, tapping and
kneading, generally by using the fingers and other parts
of the hands (although it can involve other parts of the
Chinese massage is related to acupuncture in its use
of the meridian system, and its purpose is to bring the
body into balance. It is used for treating injuries, joint
and muscle problems and internal disorders.
Massage can be an alternative to the medicine, and can
improve digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems,
as well as blood circulation and metabolism. It can also
be used as a sedative or make people feel refresh.
CHINESE FOOD THERAPHY
Traditionally in Chinese and other Asian cultures, people have considered food as medicine. For thousands of years, the effects of
the food in the human body and mental condition has been observed. Food has been classified in different groups depending of
the observed effects, like those that increase or decreases the body's temperature or the energy. The ideas of ying and yang has a
great influence in this classification, and the ideal diet will be the one that bring both elements into a balance.
TCM practitioner will conduct and examine the patient, including an consultation about food habits and lifestyle, also will design a
diet that includes specific food to balance the body, eliminating the ones that can be harmful for the patient's condition.
Food provides us with the energy and vital nutrients necessary to remain healthy. The insufficiency of certain essential trace elements and vitamins in our organism can produce discomfort or illness. Stress, a wrong diet, unhealthy environment and specific problems or diseases ( like anemy, diahrrea and severe bleeding ) can lead to this situation.
Nutritional Medicine provides essential vitamins and mineral supplements to our body, and is complentary to a proper diet. These suplements, like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron etc. are usually provided in the form of tablets. Vitamins are described with letters from A to E.
Although Nutritional Medicine is normally prescribed to correct deficiency, some times very large doses of vitamins and minerals are used in order to treat specific illnesses.
Sometimes exercise is prescribed for therapeutic reasons. Moderate exercise stimulates the flow of blood and helps to eliminate
toxins from the body. It strengthens the heart and lungs, and releases stress. Too little exercise affects the flow of blood and
energy, leading to the appearance of degenerative diseases like obesity, heart problems or even cancer.
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