It is a holistic system of medicine – considering the whole person (mind, body and spirit) in the treatment of illness. TCM theories were derived from the observational study of natural phenomena and its physical and pathological relationship to the human body. The interpretations of nature’s laws applied to the field of medicine by TCM physicians have guided clinical work from ancient times to present. Treatments are based on a patient’s history, physical examination, symptomatology, observation and the differentiation of syndromes.
The most well-known and practiced modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine is an effective and natural form of health care used by many people from diverse cultures and social backgrounds. The process involves very fine (hair thin) sterile needles be inserted into specific acupuncture points along the meridian channels of the body to clear blockages, strengthen or relax organ systems, and/or expel pathogens to encourage a return of normal energy flow within the body.
An expanded path of healing concerned with wellness and spirituality that uses tools from Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, sacred geometry, the Hindu Chakra system and the Qabbalistic Tree of Life. The practitioner needles in a specific esoteric pattern that creates an energetic grid of high vibrational frequency to balance and align the vital energy in the chakras. The harmonious frequency created tonifies our root (Inner Heart Center), provides access to expanded fields of consciousness, innate healing and awakens, develops or deepens our spiritual connectedness.
The practice of attaching small electrodes to acupuncture needles to provide a modulated electric current to pass between two acupuncture points. Primarily used for orthopedic conditions such as arthritis, muscle strain, and disc-herniation, electro-acupuncture reduces inflammation, relieves pain and stiffness and promotes tissue repair. It is also effective for treating non-orthopedic conditions such as nerve dysfunction, incontinence, infections and withdrawal symptoms from drugs and/or alcohol.
The application of specialized cups placed on the skin with a suction seal created by heat or pump. This therapy is designed to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi in the superficial muscle layers. It relaxes muscles encourages blood flow which promotes healing and sedates the nervous system. The many uses of cupping include relief of stiff muscles, spasms, migraines, relief of respiratory conditions, anxiety, fatigue, boosts the immune system, improves digestive function and detoxifies the skin and circulatory system.
A natural therapy whereby a lubricating oil is applied to the skin and a specialized tool is then used to gently scrape or rub over a problem area. The technique involves both short or long strokes and is generally applied to the back, neck, and shoulders. Gua Sha is especially effective in reducing fevers, and inflammation from the respiratory system.
(Pronounced ‘twee nah’) – is a type of Chinese Massage that manipulates the soft muscle tissue to relieve pain, tension and inflammation. The strokes and techniques applied in Tui Na are like western type of massage. This therapy helps to alleviate stress and is great for treating arthritic conditions, sciatica and muscle spasms.
A technique of using an herb (Artemisia Vulgaris, a species of Chrysanthemum referred to as Mugwart) burned at a needle site or held over an acupuncture point to warm the area or meridian. Moxibustion also improves circulation, can be used to expel cold and damp pathogens, and boost the immune system.
Are a non-invasive treatment whereby seeds from the Vaccaria plant are affixed to adhesive tape that is placed on an acupuncture point on the ear. The seeds are used as a compliment to or as a stand-alone treatment to help regulate the body’s internal organs, structures and functions.
An art as well as a science that utilizes breathwork, movement, mindfulness and meditation to purify, strengthen and circulate blood and Qi of the body. This gentle form of exercises is comprised of repetitive movements and may be prescribed to regulate and/or strengthen body functions, manage stress and emotions.
Herbs are a type of dietary supplement or medicine. Liniments are a liquid formulation used topically to rub into the skin to reduce pain, inflammation or relieve stiffness.
Highly concentrated portion of a plant’s natural oil derived through a process of water or steam distillation. Many extracted oils provide tremendous health benefits like anesthetic, analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antifungal, relaxant, carminative and digestive to name a few. Application of such oils can be applied to acupuncture points prior to needle insertion as an antiseptic or relaxant or may be a part of a prescribed protocol for your health condition.