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Acupuncture (from Lat. acus, "needle", and pungere, "prick") is a technique of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into points on the body with the aim of relieving pain and for therapeutic purposes. Acupuncture is thought to have originated in China and is most commonly associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Different types of acupuncture (Classical Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, and Korean acupuncture) are practiced and taught throughout the world. One can think of acupuncture as a form of tuning up our Chi. Chi is a vital energy believed to circulate around the body in currents. It has a function of an ultimate innate pharmacy which if blocked can lead to different health problems. Acupuncture is a fine method of unblocking Chi channels. 

Auriculotherapy -also known as auricular therapy (ear acupuncture) - is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem, meaning that the entire body is represented on the auricle (or auricula, or pinna - the outer portion of the ear) in a similar fashion to reflexology (zone therapy) and iridology (iridodiagnosis), and that the entire body can be treated by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively.

Bloodletting also known in modern medicine as phlebotomy, was a tremendously popular medical practice from antiquity up to the late 19th century, a time span of almost 2,000 years. Bloodletting involved the withdrawal of often considerable quantities of blood from a patient in the belief that this would cure or prevent many illnesses and diseases. The logic of bloodletting was based in the theory of the four humours. According to this theory, a mystical equilibrium between several bodily fluids maintains human life. Excess blood, thus would disturb the balance and result in illness. In our clinic we use bloodletting to treat severe painful varicose veins, spider veins, shoulder stiffness , back pain , stroke , hand and leg numbness , skin problems , and detox. It drains the accumulation of Chi and/or blood that causes the imbalance in our body. It requires several sessions to complete the treatment.


Moxibustion  is an oriental medicine therapy utilizing moxa, or mugwort herb. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia. Suppliers usually age the mugwort and grind it up to a fluff; practitioners burn the fluff or process it further into a stick that resembles a (non-smokable) cigar. They can use it indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or sometimes burn it over a patient's skin.Practitioners use moxa to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and chi.

Fire cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient's skin.In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) it involves placing glass, plastic, or bamboo cups on the skin with a vacuum. The therapy is used to relieve what is called "stagnation" in TCM terms, and is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Cupping is also used to treat back, neck, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal pain.

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