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Yin & Yan Back to Top
Yin and Yang are opposite forces, and when in balance work together any upset in the balance causes chaos. Yin is negative, female-passive, dark, moist, cold. Yang is positive, male- light, warm, dry, active. Nothing it completely yin or yang even humans are a bit of both a part of yin the mother and yang the father. Too much yang causes over activity and heat not enough yang causes tiredness, chilliness, poor circulation. Too much yin causes coldness, dampness, not enough yin causes excitability, insomnia.
One of the main aims of the acupuncturist is to maintain a balance of yin and yang within the whole person to prevent illness occurring and to restore existing health. Acupuncture is a yang therapy because it moves from the exterior to the interior. Herbal and nutritional therapies, on the other hand, are yin therapies, as they move from the interior throughout the body. Many of the major organs of the body are classified as yin-yang pairs that exchange healthy and unhealthy influences
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The yin and yang philosophy was further refined into the system of the five
elements to gain a deeper understanding of how the body, mind and spirit
work and acupuncture.
Chinese philosophy recognizes five distinct elements of cyclical change
called water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. These five elements can be
related to our four seasons (with a fifth late summer season) as shown in
the table below. The elements can also be related to different colors,
emotion, taste, voice and various organs. These can also be related to the
selection of food and herbs. Notice the correspondence between the Chinese
philosophy and the underlying Indian philosophy, which also classifies
everything in the universe under earth, water, fire, air, and ether.
The Meridians Back to Top
The meridians are channels which the Qi flows through the body, there are 12 well known meridians, all 12 meridians are bilateral making 24 in total. Each meridian is associated with an organ or function. When you press on a point on a meridian you are stimulating the nerves, tissue and flow of Qi through the meridians. Dotted along these meridians are more than 400 acupuncture points. The acupuncture points have been proven to have a lower electrical resistance , many of these points are trigger points which cause the muscle to contract or relax.
When Chi flows freely through the meridians, the body is balanced
and healthy, but if the energy becomes blocked, stagnated or weakened, it can
result in physical, mental or emotional ill health. An imbalance in a person's
body can result from inappropriate emotional responses such as: excess anger,
over-excitement, self-pity, deep grief and fear. Environmental factors such as
cold, damp/humidity, wind, dryness, and heat can also cause imbalance so as
factors such as wrong diet, too much sex, overwork and too much exercise.
What is QI
chi it is the invisible vital
energy that runs through our bodies along the meridian channels, there are
5 main forms of Qi below.
Matter,energy: vital energy of all living things, movement and change in the universe
XUE Blood : our blood, vitalizes the Qi and
aids the flow.
JING Essence: the energy we inherit and obtain
from air and food
Spirit: our emotions that are stored in our heart
Body fluids: our body
fluids, tears ,sweat, saliva, milk, mucus, ect
QI Matter,energy: vital energy of all living things, movement and change in the universe
XUE Blood : our blood, vitalizes the Qi and aids the flow.
JING Essence: the energy we inherit and obtain from air and food
SHEN Spirit: our emotions that are stored in our heart
JIN-YE Body fluids: our body fluids, tears ,sweat, saliva, milk, mucus, ect
Acupuncture Points Charts Back to Top
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The Consultation Back to Top
When a acupuncture therapist examines you they use a though system called the four examinations: looking, inquiring, listening, smelling, touching, included in that are the following stages:
The Acupuncture Treatment
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Acupuncturist use 6-9 different needles, there
are several methods of insertion at different angles, you will feel a sensation
when a needle is inserted called dequi which is not considered painful.
After the needle is inserted the following techniques may be used on the needle:
raising and thrusting, twirling, plucking, scraping or trembling (vibration).
Acupuncturist use 6-9 different needles, there are several methods of insertion at different angles, you will feel a sensation when a needle is inserted called dequi which is not considered painful. After the needle is inserted the following techniques may be used on the needle: raising and thrusting, twirling, plucking, scraping or trembling (vibration).
There are also several other applications, electro-acupuncture which uses very small electrical impulses through the needles this method is used for pain relief and in China actually used during surgery, there are small battery operated electro-acupuncture devices without the use of needles available. Lasers, heat and sonopuncture (sound waves) are also used. Auriculotherapy acupuncture points. Vacuum suction using a small glass or wooden cups over points is another method and is a good way of reducing fluid in an area and improving blood circulation.
The Acupuncture Facial Back to Top
Have you read the treatment menu at your spa lately? you may have noticed a new and intriguing addition-
Cosmetic acupuncture – also known as acupuncture facial rejuvenation or
acupuncture facelift - is finding its way into an increasing number of
full-service spas, and for good reason. This new modality can enhance not only
your physical appearance but also your overall health, giving you a glow that
radiates from deep within. While cosmetic acupuncture as a spa feature is a
somewhat new phenomenon, there are nevertheless centuries-old records of it
being used in the service of beauty. What’s more, acupuncture’s ability to
improve a variety of skin conditions has now been documented in legitimate
clinical studies. Its effectiveness is no longer a question of hearsay or
testimonials. Before signing up for a course of facial acupuncture treatments,
however, there are a few things you should consider.
Learn Acupuncture at College Back to Top
The British Acupuncture Council is the UK's main regulatory body for the practice of acupuncture by over 2500 professionally qualified acupuncturists.
Further information about the work of the BAAB, can be obtained
College of Acupuncture
of Traditional Acupuncture (UK)
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