Learn more about the ancient Chinese technique, acupuncture and why people do it.
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Oliver Roy: Acupuncture derive some basic knowledge of how humans feel. We can find relief from pressure, from suction, from heat and cold applications, wherever we feel pain or discomfort on the body. We use needles to apply a very specific kind of pressure on the points and we use moxa which is a plant to apply heat on the points. Another way to stimulate the points would be to use suction and we can demonstrate that later with the cups. So the needles come in needle boxes like this. They are sterilized with nitrous oxide. You can start by getting comfortable, Angelika, just lay down on your back. Before we insert needles into the skin, we need to clean the area. We use to insert the needles what I called mandarins (ph), it's a small plastic tube that used to direct the needle. So to locate the point, we use - out patient points located between two tendons or in a small valley and meridians are actually described as streams, pathways of energy. So when we find a little increase in the skin that's where usually good point is. The needle will go even up to 2 or 3 cm, but usually the chink is found between half and one centimeter. Did you feel any pain Angelika? Angelika: No. Oliver Roy: No. we're going to apply the moxa stimulation on Angelika's arm. This is a major point to identify immune inefficiencies, allergies and all moxa is applied directly on the skin. We usually wait until the patient feels a little pinch sensation and once the patient feels that, we take the moxa out and we can repeat this process usually from 7-9 times depending on the condition. Basically cupping is just mode of more better way of treatment in acupuncture. Usually we use the cupping on the upper back in the beginning of IVRS, distress, infections of the upper track and in cases of bronchitis or bad call. It draws the blood from the portion between the muscle and the skin to the surface, just below the epidermis. Angelika: So post treatments, I am feeling pretty good. I didn't actually noticed that there was fire involved, I don't feel any heat. Oliver Roy: No, usually we explain to the patient that it will be taking place. Usually people don't feel much except relief and they feel pretty relaxed after the treatment. Once they know that it is for their own good and they are willing to go with it.