Traditional Medicine in Western Pacific

Traditional Medicine in Western Pacific


Cosmetic Acupuncture 



Cosmetic acupuncture promotes circulation and collagen production over a course of treatments. Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective non surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. Acupuncture is performed on the face and body to increase local circulation, stimulate collagen and elastin, which helps to fill out lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy glowing complexion. Cosmetic Acupuncture is an all natural procedure without danger of side effects such as swelling, scarring or a lengthy recovery time.


Auricular Acupuncture

The ear acupuncture method application in some regions of the ear for diagnosis and treatment of disease, originated in ancient China. The Auricular is a way to achieve the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of observation and stimulate a specific area of auricular (ear). In the thorn moxibustion acupuncture, ear acupuncture is a unique therapy. The ear acupuncture method the stimulus District, concentrated in small auricle auricular of their number, after the body points. In particular, it also has the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, care of the advantages of four-in-one.


Scalp Acupuncture

Chinese scalp acupuncture (CSA) is a amazing tool for patients who suffer from seriously debilitating conditions such as the sequelae of stroke, phantom limb pain, PTSD, Meniere’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, herpes zoster, seizures, essential tremor, and Parkinson’s Disease. This is technique combining Chinese acupuncture needling with western biomedical understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the cerebral cortex. It can be used effectively to manage neurological problems that are not satisfactorily responsive to needling body or auricular patterns alone and can produce convincing responses quickly with only biweekly treatments, even in old and difficult problems.


Electro Acupuncture



After the  acupuncture needle into the acupoints, pass on the needle (induction) the trace current wave of the human bioelectrical wave, divided into: continuous wave, intermittent wave to stimulate acupuncture points, and the treatment of diseases of a therapy. Adjust the body, strengthening and pain relief, analgesic, and promote blood circulation, adjust the tension of the muscle
Where an effective disease treatment with acupuncture the available electricity needle treatment. The treatment of epilepsy, neurosis, neuralgia, nerve palsy, cerebrovascular accident sequelae of polio sequelae, gastrointestinal disease, angina, high blood pressure and other better. Acupuncture anesthesia surgery, electro-acupuncture more unique advantages.



The application of mild heat to the body, again at particular points with glowing moxa wool (a finely chopped herb-folium Artemisia), entirely painless and comfortable. It helps blood and lymph circulation and maintains good health.

Efficacy of moxibustion is quite amazing to adapt to a very wide range. In ancient China is the main means of treating disease. Needles and moxibustion is generally considered to be the same kind of therapy. In fact, not so.. Although they are based on the above understanding of the human body meridian points, needle therapy, physical role, And moxibustion is a composite effect of the drug and physical. And the treatment of both range are not the same,  it had Warming yang qi, relieving pain, tonic solid off, warm the meridians’ Etc.  Can be widely used in medicine, surgery, gynecology, paediatrics, ENT diseases, Utah mastitis, prostatitis, frozen shoulder, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical spondylosis, diabetes and other effects.




Cupping Is a treasure of the Chinese nation for thousands of years to the medical. Cupping therapy is a different cup as a tool by combustion, suction, extrusion and other methods to exclude cup air, caused by negative pressure, the cup adsorption specific parts of the body surface (surface of the skin, acupuncture points) to produce a wide range of stimulation, the formation of a local congestion or congestion phenomenon, preventing and curing diseases, strong body for the purpose of a treatment method. Cupping and acupuncture, but also a kind of physical therapy, and cupping is one of the best physical therapy treatments. The same applies of children
This therapy can be by cold and dampness, dredge the meridians, dispel stasis, qi and blood circulation, swelling and pain, Sida diarrhea fever, have to adjust the body’s yin and yang.



GuaSha(Scrapping) traditional naturopathy, which is based on the theory of Chinese medicine skin-based, using tools such as horns, jade scraping swab, Horns, jade and other tools in the relevant parts of the skin scraping swab, in order to clear the meridians, the purpose of the blood circulation. Scraping can dilate capillaries, increase the secretion of sweat, promote blood circulation, have an immediate effect for high blood pressure, heat stroke, and muscle pain due to cold arthralgia.  Often scraping, adjust the meridian of Qi, relieve fatigue, increase immune function.0




​(Chinese Medical Massage-‘Tui Na’)

It differs from western massage in that finger and palm pressure is applied using a wide range of techniques. Tuina uses techniques and manipulations to stimulate acupuncture points or other parts of the body surface so as to correct physiological imbalances of the body and achieve curative effects. For soft tissue injuries, Tuina relaxes muscles and tendons and promotes smooth passage of the channels. It also promotes blood circulation and removes blood stasis. It is both relaxing and therapeutic.



Reflexology is sometimes known as Zone Therapy as the body is divided into different zones represented by a point in the foot or hand. Nerve endings are imbedded in feet and hands that then travel to the spinal cord and to various parts of the body. Traditional practitioners believe that Stimulating these nerve endings helps to improve circulation, stimulate ‘Qi’ (vital energy) in the body and also promotes relaxation and well-being.






Moxibustion is an important component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is a thermal treatment procedure that involves ignited material (usually moxa) near specific points for treating disease. Moxibustion is used to regulate meridians/channels and visceral organs of the human body.1 In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion treatment is considered effective for regulating the condition of cold-deficiency or qi movement stagnation, but is contraindicated in what is described as ‘excess’ disease and in fever due to Yin deficiency. 2 Clinical trials and systematic reviews have evaluated the effect of moxibustion on such conditions as 3 fetus breech presentation,4 dysmenorrhoea,6 ulcerative colitis,7 pain,8 constipation,9 acute lymphangitis,10 immunomodulation,11 cancer12 and stroke.13 



The duration of treatment and the distance between the moxa burner and acupuncture point for moxibustion are crucial factors influencing moxibustion effectiveness. It has been suggested that the duration of moxibustion at each point should be 3–5 min, but not more than 10–15 min.2 ,3,5 ,11 In 2010, the National Standards of the People’s Republic of China recommended covering the moxa burner with 8–10 layers of gauze while implementing moxibustion, and that the appropriate distance between the moxa burner and skin surface was 2–3 cm.14 The patient should feel comfortable, and not experience any burning sensations.

In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner uses a lit mugwort stick or a can with burning mugwort, to warm the desired points. [China Daily]

San yin jiao (SP6) is the intersection of the three Yin channels of the leg (the spleen, the liver and the kidney channels), which is traditionally considered especially useful as a ‘balancing’ point. It is located on the medial lower leg, about 7.6 cm (3 inches) above the prominence of the medial malleolus.15 It is the acupuncture point of choice in gynaecology and is readily accessible for moxibustion treatment.2

Summary points

  • Moxa has to be used close enough to heat tissues (>37−40°C) without burning (>60°).

  • A preliminary study suggested a distance of 3cm.

  • At 3cm, skin temperature of volunteers reached the required temperature.



  1. World Health Organization Western Pacific Region. WHO international standard terminologies on traditional medicine in the western pacific region. (accessed 21 Oct 2010).
  2. Liu GLiya C Clinical acupuncture and moxibustion. Tiznjin, China: Tiznjin, 1996.
  3. Coyle MESmith CA, Peat B Cephalic version by moxibustion for breech presentation.Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2005;18:CD003928.
  4. Li



Moxibustion is hot 

In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner uses a lit mugwort stick or a can with burning mugwort, to warm the desired points. [China Daily]
In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner uses a lit mugwort stick or a can with burning mugwort, to warm the desired points. [China Daily]

The traditional Chinese medicine therapy using moxa, or mugwort herb, is once again becoming fashionable. Liu Zhihua reports.

No matter how busy she is, a 43-year-old Beijing-based entrepreneur regularly visits Guo Ai Tang, a moxibustion center near her home.


Xi, who declines to give her full name, established the weekly routine early this year when seeking traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy to ease pain caused by a three-year-old mammary gland hyperplasia – a benign, often drastic enlargement of the mammary glands.

Previously, she had turned down an operation suggested by her doctor to remove the apricot-stone-sized lump.

“The idea of an operation was repellant and I recalled that when I was a kid, my grandmother used to have moxibustion when she fell ill,” Xi says.

On her first visit to Guo Ai Tang, which she chose for its location and reputation after an online search, she filled in a questionnaire about common physical irritations, and had a brief conversation with a practitioner.

To her great surprise, the practitioner figured out her illness.

She was directed to go into a private room playing soft music, change into pajamas and lie down.

A moxibustionist lit one end of a moxa stick, or dried mugwort herb, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and held it close to the skin to heat four acupuncture points, one after the other, each for about 15 to 20 minutes.


At the same time, several small cans containing burning moxa were placed on other five acupuncture points to warm up the areas.


When the skin became too hot, the practitioner stroked the area to ease discomfort.

The process lasted about 80 minutes, including a 10-minute massage.

To date, Xi has received two courses of therapy, each of 10 treatments.

“About two months ago I started to undergo moxibustion therapy and TCM and now the lump in my breast is gone,” Xi says.

“I felt so relaxed during treatment that I often fell asleep. I didn’t expect the effect to be so stunningly good,” Xi says.

Moxibustion, although not so popular as acupuncture, is actually older as a practice.

Li Weiheng, president of China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, says moxibustion appeared as soon as Chinese learned to use fire, and gradually became one of the first methods used to fight disease and keep fit in ancient times.

It was believed that moxibustion directly replenishes yang energy in the body to alleviate conditions caused by a deficiency of the yang factor, such as indigestion, shortness of breath, fatigue, menstruation pain and problems with the neck, shoulders, waist and legs.

In the Tang (AD 618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, the popularity of moxibustion reached a peak among people from all walks of life.

However, the therapy declined during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when the emperors’ doctors believed it was indecent for him to expose his body to acupuncture and moxibustion.

After the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, moxibustion was lumped with TCM, and lagged behind acupuncture in terms of global exposure.

Today, it is generally accepted, there are two forms of moxibustion: direct and indirect. In the former, a small amount of mugwort is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned. This form of moxibustion is further defined as scarring and non-scarring.

With scarring moxibustion, the mugwort is placed on a point, ignited and burns out completely, which will lead to blisters and scarring after healing.


With non-scarring moxibustion, the mugwort is extinguished or removed before it burns the skin.

In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner uses a lit mugwort stick or a can with burning mugwort, to warm the desired points, which is the therapy Xi underwent.

Although acupuncture is widely done by both Chinese and foreigners, moxibustion is not so highly regarded, especially in hospitals.

“Most hospitals don’t practice moxibustion,” says Guan Ling, an acupuncture and moxibustion specialist with the 301 Military Hospital in Beijing.

The reasons, she explains, are that moxibustion, which requires one-on-one service, is time- and energy-consuming and therefore not profitable, and people are not willing to tolerate the smoke or scarring.

The recent resurgence of moxibustion is largely due to indirect moxibustion.

Six years ago, Kang Liguo, at that time a sales manager at a major IT company, led such a full working and social life that his health started suffering.

He underwent a course of moxibustion therapy and to his great surprise, found his health much improved.

Inspired and curious, Kang learned all he could about moxibustion and was fascinated by its history. He finally decided to quit his job.

“I saw a great business opportunity, for I believed in the effects of moxibustion,” Kang says.

In 2005, he founded a company selling moxibustion tools and training programs, and in 2007, he opened Guo Ai Tang, in Beijing, which now has three branches.

“Guo Ai Tang is one of the earliest moxibustion centers in Beijing, even in China,” Kang says.

“At first, people knew little about moxibustion and we needed to explain, to encourage people to try it out. Now, dozens of moxibustion centers are emerging and more people are enjoying its benefits.

“I’m encouraged. As a businessman I want to make money first, but I’m also glad the ancient therapy is acquiring new life.”

(China Daily/Agencies June 22, 2011)



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