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Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine dating back over 5,000 years. It is based upon the concept that the body has specific channels (meridians) through which energy (Chi) flows. While this energy or Chi is flowing smoothly there will be no pain or disease; the natural energy is in balance. Once this flow is disrupted by mental stress, excess physical demands, or adverse environmental conditions, pain, fatigue or illness will result. Stimulating appropriate points on the meridians causes blocked energy to be released and the natural balance of energy is then restored.

Research in acupuncture is ongoing in both the western medical world and in China. Although the exact mechanisms explaining how it works are not clear according to western methodology, empirical evidence shows that acupuncture is, in fact, effective in treating many ailments and pain. Acupuncture causes the brain to release natural opiate-like substances called endorphins into the bloodstream. Endorphins have an analgesic effect and are helpful in the treatment of pain. They may also account for the euphoric feeling that many people experience after receiving an acupuncture treatment.

Herbal Therapy
Herbal therapy is a broad term used to refer to any type of healthcare treatment using fresh or dried herbs. The use of herbs may take the form of supplements, fusions or teas, tinctures, topical creams and poultices. Herb therapy may also include the creation of a healing steam that is scented with various combinations of herbs.

Moxibustion is a form of oriental herbal healing. It uses the mugwort herb, called moxa by the Chinese, in heated form, either on an acupuncture needle or directly on or around the skin. It is thought to stimulate blood flow, and make the person more centered. It is often used to treat muscle weakness due to aging, and many believe that moxibustion therapy prolongs life.

Cupping is the modern term for an ancient medical treatment popular in Asian and Arab cultures. In the spectrum of holistic or alternative medicine, cupping is in the same region as acupuncture, bloodletting and acupressure. Many times, these different techniques are used in combination for maximum benefit.

Massage is a wonderful antidote to stress and a powerful way to relax. It allows you to switch off that nagging voice inside your head, to unwind from the overwork, rush and worries that compound, encourages you to breathe deeply and slowly and eases out the tension found in tight muscles. Through the act of relaxation we stimulate a part of the brain (the parasympathetic nervous system) that slows down the heart rate, the rate of breathing, lowers blood pressure and stimulates digestion and immunity.