Acupuncture, or “inserting needles’, is the most familiar type of therapy in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) known in Europe.
Acupuncture points are especially suitable places on the skin from which the energy flow (Qi) in the channels (meridians) and the associated organs can be easily reached and influenced.
The needles are left in place for about 40 to 60 minutes.
The approach is used to restore balance to the person’s energy flow.
Acupuncture is supported and strengthened by the following supplementary therapies:
Acupuncture points/energy zones are stimulated by burning moxa cigars, by burning moxa herb (mugwort) on needles or ginger slices or with the moxa box.
This method is as old as acupuncture, and a core element of TCM.
The method is mainly used to treat common cold symptoms.
Glass balls (cupping balls) are heated and placed on the body.
A vacuum is created as they cool,
and the resulting strong suction stimulates the blood circulation.
This is used to stimulate the acupuncture points.
Vibrating the needles during acupuncture enhances the effect.
This form of therapy can also be implemented by applying electrodes to the needles.
The effect of the needles is intensified with use of a special heat lamp.
Ear acupuncture is a special subsection within acupuncture, as it is an independent, closed system and can be performed independently of body acupuncture.
The ear has over 100 reflex points that are connected to organs (functional circuits), body sections and special body functions via a neutral reflex (reciprocal connection through neural pathways).
This means that these points can be utilised both diagnostically and therapeutically.