Acupuncture and Chinese herbs together with the Tuina massage are the 3 most important pillars of the TCM.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), illness is seen as a disturbance of the energy balance in the body. The energy can then no longer flow properly through the body. In our body the energy flows through a network of meridians (= energy paths). There are acupuncture points on these meridians. The acupuncturist stimulates certain points (depending on the complaint or condition) with sterile disposable needles. In this way the energy balance can be restored. In the West there is also a lot of research done and changes have been observed of different hormone values, amount of white blood cells, serotine, higher endorphin levels ect.
the World Health Organization has drawn up a list with indications for acupuncture http://www.acupunctuur.nl/pages/indicatielijst-who if your complaint is not listed here please contact us.
In addition to needle punching, the acupuncturist can also use some other techniques to influence the energy balance:
These can be used instead of acupuncture or to support the acupuncture treatment. We usually work with herbs in powder form from which you make a tea (it is also possible to get them in tablets or in case of skin conditions as a cream or ointment)
Moxa is mugwort. The acupuncturist uses moxa to heat acupuncture points. The acupuncturist first pricks a needle in a certain point. Then places a piece of moxa on the needle and lights it. Another option is to keep a smoldering moxa stick (it looks like a cigar) at a certain point. A moxa stick can also be used at home by the client.
With cupping, the acupuncturist places glass or plastic cups that are sucked vacuum at certain points on the body. The acupuncturist uses cupping to stimulate acupuncture points, meridians or muscles. Cupping ensures a better flow of energy and for relaxation (eg of muscles) and can be used for both physical and emotional problems.
The acupuncturist can also choose to massage an acupuncture point or meridian.
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