The body’s qi flows like rivers, streams and tributaries, encompassing and interconnecting every aspect of our being. Acupuncture points are areas within and on the surface of the body where qi emerges, rising from deeper energetic levels. Every acupuncture point is associated with a meridian, each one having a different function. The appropriate acupuncture points are chosen by assessing the meridian, organ and constitution through the use of traditional Chinese medical diagnostic skills which include: Palpating the meridian channels, palpating the radial pulse, analysis of the tongue, deep listening, and observation.
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points in order to harmonize stuck qi in any level of one’s energetic physiology
Moxibustion is the burning of moxa (dried mugwort) above acupuncture points. Moxa is burned in cones, sticks and on the top of the needle handle. Moxa is used to warm and nourish qi in specific areas of the body and to also expel cold that is creating stagnation in the meridians.
Cupping therapy is the use of glass cups that stick to the skin using suction. This suction releases stagnant qi through the pores of the skin.
Gua Sha therapy is the gentle scraping of the skin with a gua sha tool to release stagnation of qi in the muscles.