Traditional Acupuncture is a healing art and science which teaches us to see the entire human being in body, mind and spirit, how to recognize the process of health and illness, and how to restore the body to health. Chinese medicine believes there is a life force called Qi (energy), and that this life force flows within us in a harmonious, balanced way. This harmony and balance is health. If the life force is not flowing properly, then there is disharmony and imbalance. This is illness.
Observing the cosmos and the rhythms of nature allowed ancient Chinese healers to gain insight into the energy flow of the body, the vital life force that flows through all living things. Known as qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this vital energy courses through the body along acupuncture meridians. Just as a river can become blocked by debris, however, so, too, can our vital energy.
Cupping is an ancient method of treatment that has been used in dealing with a broad range of physical and mental conditions. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. The aim of Cupping is to move and purify stagnant blood.
How do herbs work?
Recently, the World Health Organization estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care. In Germany, about 600 - 700 plant based medicines are available and are prescribed by some 70% of German physicians. In the past 20 years in the United States, public dissatisfaction with the cost of prescription medications, combined with an interest in returning to natural or organic remedies, has led to an increase in herbal medicine use.