Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest complete systems of medicine in history, dating as far back as two thousand years B.C. It includes acupuncture, moxibustion, manual tissue manipulation, Chinese herbal medicine, lifestyle coaching, meditation and qi-gong.
In TCM the emphasis is on the individual as a whole being - one part of the body affects every other part of the body and mind and body are seen as an energetic whole. Mental, emotional, physical and environmental conditions are closely examined so that the practitioner can determine how these are contributing to dis-ease. By examining the symptoms of illness, the development of the condition as well as the current presentation, the practitioner is able to establish a treatment plan that is specific to the individual’s needs.
At it’s most fundamental level, all aspects of TCM work to augment the body’s inherent ability to heal itself by enhancing the immune system and strengthening organ functions; all without the common side-effects of conventional medicine.
• Acupuncture •
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. Acupuncture is a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — that flows through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncturist help re-balance your body’s energy flow.
• Acupuncture with Electrical Stimulation (E-Stim) •
E-Stim is the use of micro-electrical currents by attaching them to the inserted needles. These currents amplify the effects of acupuncture on particular points on the body. This is typically effective for treating pain and promoting metabolic function.
• Auricular Acupuncture •
In the same way hands and feet are micro-systems of the entire body, so are the ears. By stimulating specific points on the auricle with acupuncture needles or ear seeds, the body receives an acupuncture treatment.
• Gua Sha •
Gua Sha means to “scrape or extract sand or toxins.” Gua Sha involves scraping skin in strokes, by a round-edged instrument, which results in the appearance of small red petechiae called “sha.” The surfacing of sha is literally removing disease from deep within the system. The redness will fade in 2 to 3 days.
• Tui Na •
Tui Na translates as “push grasp”, and is considered Chinese Medical Massage. Tui Na is a massage technique that moves Qi in various parts of the body. It is generally used to relieve muscle pain, tension and inflammation.
• Moxibustion •
Moxibustion is a TCM therapy that incorporates Artemisia in acupuncture treatments. It may be burned on the handle of the needle, above the skin, on salt or on a slice of ginger or other herbs. This is used to “warm” acupuncture points or areas in order to accelerate the healing process.
• Cupping •
Cupping is an ancient form of promoting blood and qi circulation to a specific area. The practitioner creates suction in a cup and then applies that cup to the body, which then draws the skin into the cup. This therapy is warming and causes a local increase in the flow of Qi and blood through the meridians.
• Chinese Herbal Medicine •
Herbs can be a powerful addition to acupuncture therapy. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body or to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever or acute pain. At time, your practitioner may even suggest taking herbals and then starting afterwards acupuncture. This is suggested to build up your internal strength so you can receive the full benefits acupuncture has to offer.
• Acupoint Injection Therapy (AIT)•
Acupoint Injection Therapy (AIT) also known as "biopuncture", is an integrative therapy that combines TCM with conventional and homeopathic medicine. AIT certified Acupuncture Physicians inject natural therapeutic substances, such as homeopathic remedies, or vitamins like B-12, in the form of sterile substances into acupuncture points to promote, restore and retain health, for pain management and palliative care, for acupuncture anesthesia and to prevent disease. It is not a substitute for traditional needle acupuncture, but rather an adjunctive treatment that may be beneficial in attaining healing for the patient.