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    Definition of Eastern Medicine Practices

    Eastern Medicine is based on treating the body as a whole, it means using a variety of different forms of treatment.

    Moxibustion

    Moxa is the root of the mugwort. Eastern medicine utilises many different types of herbs. The moxa therapy involves burning this root. When this is done, it creates a heavy smoke and a strong odour. This is a moxibustion treatment. The purpose of it is to increase the blood flow. Where it then encourages the flow of Qi. Which is needed for the balancing of the negative and positive energy. This treatment is expected to help the kidneys perform better. It is a treatment that is often used in Eastern medicine for menstrual pain.

    Tui Na Massage

    Massage is another important component of eastern medicine. This is a specialised massage that combines different massage techniques. There may be compresses and ointments used during the treatment. It is a common treatment for those that suffer from chronic pain.

    Acupuncture

    This is one of the more well-known forms of eastern medicine treatments. It is carried out with the insertion of finely pointed needles to just below the outer layer of skin. The needles are then manipulated by the professional carrying out the treatment. In total it is believed that there are 2,000 acupuncture points that can be treated. Also, the pressure points are all connected which fits in with the thinking of this form of medicine. This treatment is used to help balance the Yin Yang. Which in turn allows for the optimized flow of Qi.

    Cupping

    This is another technique that is used in massage. It utilises special glasses that have the rims warmed. Techniques are used to remove the oxygen from the cups. They are then strategically placed on the back. As the air cools in the cups, it creates a mild suction or pressure. This help the body release any obstructions and to help eliminate toxins.