Parkdale Chiropractic Clinic introduces Dr Zhang the Best Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Expert in Mordialloc and Parkdale.
Acupuncture works by the insertion of very fine needles (the thickness of a human hair) into the body at specific points. The insertion of these needles stimulates the flow of Qi (the essential life force or energy) around the body. Other techniques such as massage, acupressure, cupping and moxibustion are also used to assist the treatment. Some practitioners also use laser or electrical stimulation at the points to promote more energy flow.
Moxibustion is the burning of an herb known as moxa, and applied or held near the acupuncture point to stimulate the flow of energy. One of the reasons for the use of this particular herb for burning is that the smoke does contain some antibacterial properties.
Cupping is a common technique used in Chinese medicine for promoting the flow of Qi and Blood around the body, in particular over the area being cupped. Cupping works by applying a cup to the affected area with suction. There are several methods for gaining the suction. The traditional method uses a glass (or ceramic, wooden, bamboo) cup and a small flame to burn off the oxygen and create the suction, after which the opening of the cup is applied to the body. Other more modern devices use rubber or silicone cups that are squeezed to create suction then applied to the skin. Another modern version uses a cup with a one way valve on the end, to which a pump is applied to pump the air out of the cup and create suction.
Cupping is used to promote the flow of Qi and Blood around the body. It is also especially useful for myofascial release treatment. The use of cupping is also quite prominent in many European traditions for removal of phlegm during illness.
While patients who have had a cupping treatment may display marks on the skin from the cups, this is only temporary. Cupping itself is a painless treatment.
Gua Sha is a technique used for similar purposes as cupping. This technique involves using an object such as a ceramic spoon, a coin or special Gua Sha implement, to scrape the skin (Usually after the application of massage oil for lubrication). This also helps to move the Qi and Blood. While this treatment also may leave tell-tale marks, it is also usually painless.