The theory behind acupuncture as a medical treatment is very different from that of Western medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine, imbalances in the basic energetic flow of life — known as 'qi' or chi (pronounced 'chee') — are thought to cause illness. 'Qi' is believed to flow through 20 major pathways (meridians) in your body. These meridians and the energy flow are accessible through approximately 400 different acupuncture points. By inserting extremely fine needles into these acupuncture points in various combinations, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will rebalance. This allows your body's natural healing mechanisms to take over.
Cupping is a therapeutic procedure that promotes blood circulation and Qi flow and activates the lymphatic system, thus alleviates swelling and pain. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available. A glass, bamboo, ceramic or metal cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced by briefly heating or suctioning out the air. Because of the low pressure inside the cup, the skin and the superficial muscle layer is drawn into the cup and held in it. Cupping creates suction that brings fresh blood to the area in order to improve circulation throughout the body. It also generates a negative energy flow, which can work against the patient’s current state of stagnation. Cupping is most commonly used for aches and pains of various types as well as respiratory problems such as coughing and wheezing.
Moxibustion is the application of heat to acupuncture points and is one of the oldest and most effective forms of oriental therapy. The treatment procedure involves burning a small moxa herb on the skin in order to stimulate specific acupuncture points on the body to ultimately treat diseases or to produce analgesia. The Chinese word for acupuncture is “Zhenjju”, which literally means “needling and Moxibustion.” So Moxibustion is actually considered a part of an acupuncture treatment. It is administered through the burning of small cone of Moxa herb directly on the acupuncture point. The term Moxibustion is derived from the Japanese word "mogusa", which means herb combined with the Latin root "bustion", which means burning.
Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. It is based on the principle that there are small and specific areas of innervation in the hands and feet that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs of the body. In this system, the nerve endings in the extremities provide a "map" of the rest of the body. Examples are the base of the little toe representing the ear, or the ball of the foot representing the lung. Through the application of pressure on particular areas of the hands or feet, reflexology is generally relaxing, improves circulation, and
alleviates stress. This therapy may be an especially useful complementary treatment for neuropathy of the legs, feet and toes. It can also be useful for sore hands and feet after a workout, running or taking a long walk.