Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that originated in China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of "Qi" (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the Qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the surface of the skin.
Acupuncture actually describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques, the most common, in addition to "general acupuncture" are: electroacupuncture, moxibustion, ear acupuncture and cupping.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is a major aspect of traditional Chinese medicine, which focuses on restoring a balance of energy, body, and spirit to maintain health rather than treating a particular disease or medical condition. Herbal medicine is itself a powerful method of healing; western drugs often control symptoms, but do not alter the disease process. Chinese herbs treat the underlying condition as defined by traditional diagnosis, and rarely cause unwanted side-effects.
It is an acupuncture technique that applies small electrical currents to needles that have been inserted at specific points on the body.
Cupping uses suction to pull up the tissue and stimulate Qi in the area. The cup may be moved along the line of a meridian or muscle tension. It is particularly good on the back and shoulder.
Moxibustion ( Moxa)
This is only used where the body or part of it has become cold. Often this coldness is just felt as pain but when the area is warmed, it is both comforting and eases the pain. It can be combined with acupuncture treatment to stimulate points which will restore the natural warming yang energies of the body.