Niki Juralewicz, LAc.
What is Acupuncture?
Classical Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture are ancient healing arts founded in China over 2,500 years ago. This ancient treasure offers patients a system of healthcare which continues to offer profound healing, wisdom and transformation. Acupuncture is inspired by the essence and rhythms of nature and the recognition that we are a reflection of the natural world. The principles of Yin and Yang, opposites that together create a whole, are the foundation of Chinese Medicine. The true elegance of this enduring system is both a highly sophisticated medical science and a deeply spiritual art form.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to encourage the restoration and maintenance of health and balance. Chinese Medical Theory is based on harmonizing the flow of Qi (pronounced ‘Ch-ee’), the vital life force that circulates throughout the body. Qi is our innate physical, mental and spiritual intelligence. When Qi circulation is disrupted or blocked, acute or chronic illness, disease, or deterioration of health ensue. When Qi moves freely, vitality, balanced health, and wellbeing prosper and the onset of illness can be avoided.
What is Moxabustion?
Moxibustion is an ancient Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of Chinese Mugwort, Artemesiae Vulgaris, on certain designated points of the body, generally the same points as those used in Acupuncture. In modern practice the purpose of moxibustion is to stimulate the flow of blood and qi and maintain general health.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is a method of bringing deep congestion of Qi and/or blood to the surface of the body. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction which draws up the underlying tissues. With cupping, localized healing takes place as well as an effect through the entire body as new movement in Acupuncture Channels are opened.
What is Gua sha?
Gua sha is an important hands-on medical treatment that has been used throughout Asia for centuries. Gua means ‘to rub’ or ‘press stroke. Sha is a term that describes the millet-like blood congestion in surface tissue after rubbing in areas where the patient may experience stiffness and pain, fever, coughing and upper respiratory disharmonies.
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