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Health and Wellness Therapies

Shiatsu, acupuncture and moxabustion are therapies in Oriental Medicine. Oriental medicine looks at the body from a different view. We often think that conventional Western medicine has all the answers. Western medicine has a very good understanding of certain aspects of the body and very good treatments for certain conditions. But there are still many illnesses and conditions for which it has no answers. Many people still suffer from pain without effective treatment. When you have a problem that Western medicine has not helped, it may be time to look at the body from a different angle and search there for answers. Oriental medicine offers a complete system that explains how the body functions in health and disease and offers effective treatment for many conditions.

How therapies in Oriental Medicine affect the body:

  1. Helps to improve function of unhealthy organs
  2. Helps to improve the function of the immune system by increasing the production of blood cells such as white blood cell, red blood cells, and lymphatic fluids
  3. Helps to improve circulation in the body
  4. Helps to normalize secretion of hormones
  5. Helps to relieve pain

Shiatsu Therapy

Shiatsu is the Japanese art of finger pressure. Most people associate shiatsu with massage, but actually it is quite different. Shiatsu consists of rhythmic, single point finger pressure applied along the "qi" energy channels or meridians of the body. Shiatsu is simple, safe, non-invasive and at the same time, very effective in the treatment of many acute and chronic disorders.

Based on research in Japan, it has been documented that shiatsu is very effective in calming the sympathetic nervous system and improving the tone and function of the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, lymph nodes, endocrine glands and internal organs. In addition, it has been shown that shiatsu assists the body in eliminating toxins and metabolic waste. As a result, shiatsu is effective for a wide range of problems, including hypertension, headaches, dizziness, irritable bowel syndrome, muscular or skeletal pain, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea and other gastro-intestinal disorders.

After a shiatsu treatment, one feels lightness in the limbs, renewed energy, and an overall sense of well being. In addition, most people experience improved digestion and deeper sleep. This is why I recommend routine shiatsu treatments as the basis of a health maintenance program.

 

Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture originated in China 4700 years ago. Fine needles are inserted into the body to promote the free flow of Qi, or the energy of the body. Qi flows throughout the body like a water flowing in a river, nourishing the cells, tissues and organs. If this flow is disrupted or obstructed like a dam, discomfort, pain and disease can result.

Acupuncture treatment is not painful. The needles are inserted shallowly. You may feel a tingling or sensation of heaviness – this is normal.

The World Health Organization recognizes that “Acupuncture has been proven effective in relieving postoperative pain, nausea during pregnancy, nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy, and dental pain with extremely low side effects. It can also alleviate anxiety, panic disorders and insomnia.” (Reference: www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs134/en/).

Western scientific research has come up with a number of explanations of the effect of acupuncture on the body. It is believed that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins (to reduce pain), cells of the immune system (to promote immune function), neurotransmitters (to reduce inflammation) and neurohormones (regulating body functions).



Moxibustion Therapy

Moxibustion is the application of heat to specific points on the body using moxa ‘wool’, which is derived from the dried leaves of the mugwort plant, Artemesia vulgaris. Moxa treatment is particularly effective for pain and stiffness and to promote blood circulation.


Cupping Therapy

Cupping is an ancient technique of Chinese medicine in which glass cups are applied to the skin; the air is then suctioned off to draw up the skin and muscle. This causes a local stagnation of blood that promotes healing. There is no pain though you may feel a pulling on your skin and the skin may remain red for a day or two afterwards. Cupping is particularly effective for pain and stiffness.


Stretching Therapy

In Japan, shiatsu is often called "shiatsu seitai" - "seitai" means to balance and regulate the body, or "to stretch". Thorough, gentle stretching normalizes muscle distortions and the alignment of the body immediately resulting in more effective, longer lasting treatment.