Acupuncture is a form of healing that uses a variety of healing techniques including the insertion of fine needles into the body. A major part of the Chinese medical system, acupuncture is believed by many historians to have a written history dating back more than three and a half thousand years. Acupuncture today is an accepted part of many mainstream medical practices globally. Here in New Zealand, it has been covered by the ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) insurance system since the 1990s. Acupuncture has also been practiced in Japan and other parts of southeast Asia for more than 1400 years.
Tim Casey, acupuncture specialist, has studied and practiced both TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and has completed numerous postgraduate studies in the practice of Japanese style acupuncture.
Moxibustion is the method of using Moxa Punk (Artimisia Vulgaris), a herb to either put heat into the body, or take it out. Moxa Punk comes in various forms and grades.
Moxibustion methods are: Moxa Pole, where a lighted stick of burning moxa is held above the body; Kyutoshin, where the moxa is rolled into a ball and placed on the head of an acupuncture needle; Okyu, where the moxa is placed directly on the skin via shinko paste and is lit by an incense stick; Chinetsukyu, moxa cones are placed on the skin and heated; and Ibuki, where a small pole of moxa is fixed to cardboard and placed next to the skin.
Cupping, or Kyukaku, suction cups are made of either glass or plastic. These are pressurized by a small hand pump to create a vacuum inside the cup to draw up the surface tissue of the body. The cups' major function is to move blood and aid circulation. The cups may stay in place for just a few seconds, or minutes, dependent on the constitutional type of the patient and the focus of treatment by the therapist.