NORTH SHORE KAUAI ACUPUNCTURE
CHINESE CUPPING THERAPY
CHRISTINE WALINCH DIPL. AC.
Chinese Cupping Therapist
National Diplomate of Acupuncture
E KOMO MAI
How can I prepare for my session?
It is best to eat a light meal an hour or two before your
appointment so your body has energy to work with.
Please wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms and legs
below the elbows and knees, as well as the abdomen, are accessible. Plan to rest after the treatment if possible.
Take it easy and try not to plan any strenuous activities after your treatment. It is recommended to refrain from swimming, bathing, or showering immediately following acupuncture and Chinese cupping therapy.
What are the Acupuncture points?
The acupuncture points are the areas along a meridian where the energy comes together and rises to the surface of the body.
It can therefore be more easily accessed and redirected with the use of a needle.
In Chinese medicine, disease is seen as imbalances in the organ system or qi (chi) meridians, and the goal of any remedy or treatment is to assist the body in re-establishing it's innate harmony.
In Chinese medicine, no two illnesses are ever the same, as each body has its own characteristics of symptoms and balance.
Acupuncture is used to open or adjust the flow of qi (chi) throughout the organ system, which will strengthen the body and prompt it to heal itself.
Are the needles sterile or are they re-used?
Needles are individually wrapped and sterilized by the manufacturer. They are opened only when they are ready to be used, and afterwards, each needle is disposed of in a medical waste container.
What can I expect during a treatment?
During your first consultation, I will collect a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition.
I will then take your pulse, examine your tongue,
and sometimes, palpate your abdomen or check for tender areas along the meridians.
The initial visit usually lasts 1 to 1 1/2 hours including the treatment.
Can I receive Acupuncture if I am pregnant?
There are some points that are contraindicated during pregnancy. It is important to inform me if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.
ACUPUNCTURE and CHINESE CUPPING THERAPY
Frequently applied after acupuncture, cupping is used for treatment of sprains, muscle tightness and pain, soft tissue injuries, sciatica, neck, shoulder, back, knee, and foot pain, edema, fluid retention in the lungs, bronchitis, congestion, asthma, chronic cough and fevers.
Cupping is also recommended for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Alleviating swelling and pain, cupping therapy addresses a variety of acute ailments by removing stasis, or energy blockages.
Cupping often follows the acu-point selection pattern used in acupuncture therapy; back points in fleshy areas of the body are preferred sites.
Increased blood flow into the cupping areas allows the body to heal more quickly and brings toxins to the surface, which can be released through the pores.
By causing tissues to release toxins, cupping clears energy blockages and activates the lymphatic system. Several cups may be placed on the body simultaneously and left in place for up to 15 minutes.
Acute and/or chronic deep tissue pain can affect specific regions of the body. In certain instances, fixed position cupping is combined with a technique called gliding cupping or "Chinese Cupping Massage" in which the cups may be moved to other acu-point locations along different energy channels or meridians during a treatment session. It is important to stay warm, and covered after treatment because the pores are open and susceptible to external pathogens (ie: wind and cold) directly after a cupping therapy session.
In addition, there are several instances where cupping should not be performed. Patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; and patients who bleed easily, are not suitable candidates for cupping.
Pregnant women should not have cupping on their stomach or lower back.
ELECTRO - ACUPUNCTURE
Electro-acupuncture (EA), or electrical stimulation (E-stim) is the application of a small,
electrical current to the acupuncture needles.
E-stim is a way to provide reliable, consistent stimulation to acupuncture points without
prolonged manipulation of the needles by hand.
E-stim generally enhances the effect of acupuncture
therapy by raising the level of analgesia and extending the treatment’s effectiveness.
The additional stimulation of the acupuncture needles helps to promote tissue repair, as well as healing and regenerating nerve fibers
essential to the treatment of many chronic conditions. Because of its pain-relieving abilities, electro-acupuncture is often used in cases of
acute and chronic musculo-skeletal pain.
EA can be used to treat a variety of disorders including pain, muscle spasms, numbness,
nerve dysfunction, paralysis and atrophy.
Electro-acupuncture involves a process of electrical stimulation of acupuncture points. During electro-acupuncture, low levels of
electricity (milliamps) are connected to the needles.
In this case, the needles are used as transmitters or conductors. The current does not run through the body.
Instead, the current is localized to the
place of the needle attachment. By electrically stimulating the needles, energy pathways throughout the body may be opened up.
This is a very safe, effective and comfortable treatment that is used to treat
many different conditions, including chronic pain.
E-Stim with Moxibustion Box
Moxibustion (Moxa) is a Traditional ChineseMedicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, also known as Artemesia Vulgaris, to facilitate healing and health.
Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years.
The purpose of Moxibustion, as with most forms
of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, digestion, and immunity.
Moxa stimulates the flow of Qi (energy) and blood movement, warms the channels, and enhances your overall health and vitality.
"Acupuncture & Moxibustion"
Acupuncture and Moxibustion come as a pair in Oriental Medicine. They are in fact two characters in Chinese or Japanese writing which make one word. Acupuncture and Moxibustion complement each other to form one mode of therapy. The therapeutic effect is boosted or complimented when both forms of treatment are used together.
There are many benefits to Moxibustion. Clinically it increases blood cell counts, especially that of white blood cells, which strengthens the immune system.
The heat produced from the burning moxa penetrates deeply into underlying tissues, improving circulation, and helping to reduce both pain and inflammation.
If done properly, the heat of the Moxibustion can penetrate into the core of the pain location, and has results far surpassing that of pain medication.
With long term application of Moxibustion, it is possible to revitalize tissue that has had almost irreversible damage.
The Parasympathetic nervous system (rest and relax mode) is stimulated with Moxibustion therapy leading to an increase in appetite, digestion, and bowel function.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998, found
that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving Moxibustion (at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian).