Moxibustion is a therapeutic method which treats and prevents disease by applying the stimulation of warmth and heat to the acupoints and meridians and network vessels (jingluo).
Moxibustion is a traditonal Chinese medicine therapy using moxa made from dried mugwort (Artemisia argyi).
It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China (including Tibet),Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia. Suppliers usually age the mugwort and grind it up to a fluff; practitioners burn the fluff or process it further into a cigar-shaped stick. They can use it indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or burn it on the patient's skin.
Traditionally, moxibustion was one of the main treatment modalities of traditional Chinese medicine together with acupuncture and herbal medicine, even though it is less used than the other two nowadays. Thus in the Foundation of Medicineit says, “When a disease fails to respond to herbal medicine and acupuncture, moxibustion is suggested”. However, moxibustion is often used together wth acupuncture in many practical conditions and its therapeutic use in Canada is on the rise.
Moxibustions is known to be specifically effective for some conditions such as:
Cupping is a therapy of traditional Chinese medicine in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy, causing local congestion through the negative pressure created by introducing heat in the form of an ignited material, with the aim of treating disease.
Cupping is often used together with acupuncture, as it functions similarly to moxibustion.
At present, over 100 diseases are routinely treated by cupping. Some of the examples are:
- Common cold, fever, cough, bronchial asthma and other lung related diseases
- Gastric and intestinal diseaes such as stomachache, abdominal pain and diarrhea
Guasha is a traditional ancient Chinese healing technique used by tractitioners of traditional Chinese medicine dating back to over two thousand years and involves firmly rubbing a person’s skin with a ceramic panel.
The goal of Guasha is to relieve stagnatoin, or in other words, to clear some illnes from the body via movement. For example, the skin of the upper back, neck, and chest may be rubbed.
Guasha is especially good for respiratory tract diseases.
Guasha treatment will leave some blood stagnation marks on the skin when strongly applied, but these marks will spontaneously go away within one or two weeks without damaging the skin (This is just a part of healing process). Mild form of Guasha is commonly used as a part of cosmetic acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine skin care process.
Guasha is indicated for many conditions as listed below:
- Diseases of external origin: common cold, cough, asthma, stomach flu, etc.
- Pain: back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, sciatica, stomachache, abdominal pain, headaches, etc.
- Acute gastroeneritis
- General health improvement and management (with lighter stimulation without applying oil)
Craniosacral therapy (CST) or cranial-sacral therapy, cranial osteopathy, and cranial therapy are forms of bodywork or alternative therapy using therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. A practitioner of cranial-sacral therapy may also apply light touches to a patient's spine and pelvis.
The therapist lightly palpates the patient's body, and focuses intently on the communicated movements. A practitioner's feeling of being in tune with a patient is described as entrainment. Patients often report feelings of deep relaxation during and after the treatment session, and may feel light-headed. While sometimes thought to be caused by an increase in endorphins, research shows the effects may actually be brought about by the endocannabinoid system.
Primary respiratory mechanism
The Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM), the mechanism originally proposed by Sutherland, has been summarized in five ideas:
1. Inherent motility of the central nervous system
2. Fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid
3. Mobility of the intracranial and intraspinal dural membranes
4. Mobility of the cranial bones
5. Involuntary motion of the sacrum between the ilia
Inherent motility of the central nervous system
The postulated intracranial fluid fluctuation is described by practitioners as an interaction between four main components: arterial blood, capillary blood (brain volume),venous blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).