Chinese medicine is a comprehensive system that is capable of diagnosing and effectively treating a wide range of conditions. It works with your body to produce true healing.
Chinese medicine includes acupuncture and accessory techniques like cupping, gua sha or moxa; herbs; nutrition; exercise and lifestyle modification.
Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease, acupuncture is now used worldwide as an effective means of overcoming disease and promoting health.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body. The insertion of acupuncture needles at these specific points sends a message through the body to normalize physiological function, reduce pain, and stimulate the immune system. Acupuncture has a profound impact on organ function, the nervous system, hormonal levels, circulation, sleep patterns, and energy levels.
Herbal Medicine is comprised of hundreds of botanicals to tailor powerful remedies for each individual’s specific condition. The knowledge of using plants and other medicinals to maintain health has been refined over thousands of years to create a complex and effective system of medicine used today in licensed traditional medicine clinics throughout the world. The components of each formula is carefully considered based on the person’s constitution, state of energy (“Qi”) and the level of their imbalance. Herbs commonly recommended are provided in the form of teas, powders, pills, tinctures and external plasters. Nutritional recommendations are also provided tailored to the individual and condition.
Cupping, Gua Sha and Moxa are traditional techniques that may be added to any acupuncture treatment, depending on your diagnosis and treatment plan.
Cupping This ancient treatment method involves using glass cups to create suction on the body. This technique alleviates muscle pain and various types of illness and disharmony in the body. Cupping has been used for centuries throughout Europe and Asia as a tried and true remedy.
Cupping, much like Gua Sha, may leave the skin discolored for a few days. It is not at all painful, and the markings will completely disappear in a few days.
Gua Sha is a type of friction massage also referred to as “scraping” or “spooning”. It is traditionally preformed by gently scraping the skin, usually around the neck and back, with a Chinese soup spoon. This action promotes blood flow to the area, increasing white blood cell production, thus, supporting and promoting the body’s immune system. Gua Sha is an excellent treatment for colds and flu-like symptoms.
Gua Sha, much like Cupping, may leave the skin discolored for a few days. It is not at all painful, and the markings will completely disappear in a few days.
Moxibustion is a healing technique where Moxa (also known as Ai Ye, or mugwort) is heated and applied onto or over specific acupuncture points on the body. The burning of moxa warms the body and smooths the flow of blood and Qi alleviating pain throughout the body. This technique has been used for thousands of years throughout Asia to improve the body’s function and promote health. Moxibustion is a very enjoyable adjunct to acupuncture treatments.