Meridian Evaluation and Therapy
Meridian therapy originated from classical Chinese medical theory about the pathway network through which the vital-energy (Qi) flows. The meridians penetrate the internal organs in the deepest level of the body and connect with the skin, muscles, flesh, tendons, and bones, the head and limbs, and the sense organs, linking all the tissues and structures of the body into an integrated whole.
Although meridian therapy is thousands of years old, it has only recently become well known in the Western world. The classic work with the meridian system includes stimulating the meridian points with fingers, fish bones, sharpened bamboo sticks, cups and moxibustion (the burning of herbs). Modern applications of meridian therapy are much wider; these include acupuncture, Tui Na (Chinese remedial massage), Japanese style pediatric massage, cupping, Gua Sha, moxibustion, energy healing, and magnetic therapy.
When working with the meridian system, it is necessary to understand the balance of energy before attempting to change it. Apart from applying traditional diagnostic methods to differentiate the patterns of disorder, we employ advance technology to analyze the meridians and locate the imbalance. This system is called AcuGraph® Digital Meridian Imaging™.
Different forms of Meridian Therapy:
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world, originated in China some 3,500 years ago. It is a therapy that allows the body to restore balance and heal naturally.
Cupping is an ancient form of therapy based on the meridian theory in which special cups are placed on the skin of the body to create suctions. It aims to remove any stagnation in the body and opens up the meridians thereby allowing Qi to flow freely.
Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Gua Sha aims to dispel the “Yang” type pathogens such as Heat, Wind and Fire, from the meridians and encourage blood to flow more easily through the vessels, hence effecting a cleansing action of the body. When Gua Sha is performed effective, often distinctive reddening of the skin, known as “sha”, is observed. This is a positive response and may dispel wind, and in turn reduce heat and inflammation, eliminate coldness, and release pain from the superficial and deeper levels of the body. Gua sha is sometimes called “spooning” or “coining” by English speakers.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy, which consists of burning dried mugwort (moxa) on the skin or near the body. The idea is to stimulate sluggish/ stagnate Qi and tonify the body with therapeutic heat. Moxibustion can be applied directly or indirectly. Direct moxibustion is to place some lit moxa grains on the skin and remove them after just a few seconds. One indirect method is to hold a moxa stick with the burning end very close to the skin to allow heat penetrate to the body. Another indirect method involves lighting a small moxa cone at the end of an acupuncture needle until the moxa is burnt off. Heat is driven down to the body through the needle shaft.