- Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into points on the body to move qi in the meridians, and promote the body's self healing mechanisms.
- Needles are single use, sterile, disposable, and very thin.
- Does it hurt?: The sensation people feel varies. Most people feel no pain at all, but some feel a slight prick on insertion, which quickly subsides.
- What does it feel like once the needles are in?: The sensation varies from tingling to a dull ache. These are good signs that qi, or energy, is moving in your meridians.
- Cupping is the application of glass cups, using a flame to create a vacuum.
- Cupping warms and moves the qi in the meridians. This stimulates the blood flow in the superficial muscle layers, and draws out stagnation and pathogenic factors. This makes it an ideal treatment for muscle tension, pain, soreness, injuries, and even the common cold.
- How long will the cupping marks remain?: Everyone differs, and it depends on the condition, but anywhere from a few minutes up to a week.
- Moxa also warms and moves the qi in the meridians. It can be used to enhance the activity of needles, to move stagnation, and to warm cold conditions.