Traditional Chinese medicine has used Acupuncture as a complete medical system for thousands of years. Very small needles, almost as thin as a strand of hair (as seen on the right), are inserted into very specific points of the body to stimulate the points. This stimulation of the acupuncture points is believed to treat and prevent illness and pain as the body "relaxes" with the.
stimulation of these points, allowing the life energy of the body to flow freely through the body's "meridians" or pathways.
Once the acupuncture needles have been placed in the appropriate points of the body for the medical condition needing treament or preventive treatment, the needles are connected to wires which provide mild electrical pulses to further stimulate the acupuncture points and maximize the benefits of the needles' stimulation of the acupuncture points. Many patients report that this produces a soothing "tingling" feeling and find it very relaxing. And many patients say that they felt like they had a little nap during the acupuncture treatment and felt refreshed afterwards.
Following the needle stimulation of the acupuncture points, a procedure called "cupping" is often done. Dr. Qiu places bamboo cups on the body in the appropriate places for the treatment.
The inside of the cups is first heated quickly in order to create a vacuum. Then the cups are placed on the skin and the vacuum creates a suction of the tissue and muscle of the area. This helps blood flow to the area for additional healing.
Auricular Therapy, or ear acupuncture, is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem with the entire body represented on the "auricle", or outer portion of the ear.
There are over 100 points on the ear which may be used to treat medical problems. Almost all health conditions can be affected to some degree by stimulated ear points. The most common reported uses have been for control of chronic pain, detoxification from addictions, (smoking and heroin and cocaine), relief from nausea, and high blood pressure