The beauty of acupuncture, and herbal / nutritional therapies, is the correction of underlying imbalances in the body's physiological and energetic systems. Rather than just managing symptoms, acupuncture and herbs are particularly good at easing chronic conditions. In some cases, and usually over time, they can eradicate disease-states. These healing modalities function on a more subtle level by correcting the imbalances that cause pathological states or disease.
There are many benefits to using these alternative therapies either in conjunction with, or without, conventional medical treatments. For one example, there are rarely any side-effects with acupuncture and herbal / nutritional therapies. Actually, acupuncture can be used to ease the side-effects of prescription drugs. Also, the cost is significantly less than the price of pharmaceuticals and the more recently-discovered medical treatments. This is evidenced by some insurance companies who cover acupuncture in their policies.
Acupuncture works by gently inserting thin needles into the skin at specific points to manipulate and direct healing energies inherent in the body.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris - a small, spongy herb) over acupuncture points and channels to facilitate healing.
Herbs are simply plants that have proven, scientifically or by human use over the ages, to have a therapeutic effect. They work internally and externally on a physiological level to facilitate healing and boost the immune system. Herbs can be administered in a variety of forms. As a food; teas, tinctures / alcohol extracts, glycerites / glycerin extracts, capsules, pills. As a topical: oils, salves, lotions / creams, poultices. Essential oils; in aromatherapy they are simply evaporated and inhaled during normal breathing.