Combined Treatment Modalties
Acupuncture is the main treatment strategy which comes from the Traditional Chinese Medical system. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is used around the world as a complete medical system. TCM has been applied and used to diagnose and help millions of people get well. An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles throughout the body in an attempt to stimulate the body's Qi (pronounced "Chee"); which is our body's bio-electricity. Acupuncture promotes natural healing through stimulation of organ function, improving Qi and blood circulation, activating metabolism and immune function; these goals are all parts of an Acupuncture protocol which together help to promote ideal physical, mental, and emotional health. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a safe and highly effective system to promote wellness in the body and can be used to ultimately maintain a healthier and stronger body.
Cupping is a therapy designed to stimulate the movement of blood and Qi within the muscle layers of the body. It is used for many ailments including sore muscles, tension, asthma, pain, and the common cold. In this therapy, your acupuncturist will place small glass cups over the large muscles of the back. A vacuum is created under the cup using heat or suction and the skin is stlightly stretched and pulled up into the cup and blood is then pulled to the surface layers of the body. After a cupping treatment, it may look like an octopus gave you a big hug; but there is no need to be alarmed. The slight redness quickly dissipates as the body circulates the blood that was brought to the surface. This treatment is an effective way to treat the many types of pain that may set into the body.
TUI NA MASSAGE
Tui Na Massage is a technique that also helps to move Qi and Blood throughout the body. Tuina translates to "push and grasp". It is used to relieve muscle pain, tension, and inflammation by manipulating and stimulating the acupuncture points and the muscle's connective tissues. The hands on manipulation of acu-points is called acupressure and is considered to be acupuncutre without needles.
Gua Sha is a technique used to release muscle tensions, tightness, and restriction. A specialized tool is used to gently scrape and rub the skin over a problem area. The scraping creates a slight irritation on the skin but placing small micro-tears into the effective area. The body is then stimulated to heal and recover the area. This is rooted in the classic exercise idea of tearing muscle down to re-build it!
Moxibustion is another ancient technique which uses the herbal plant Mugwort. A blend of herbs are wrapped like a cigar and then lit and held over certain acupuncture points. It can also be placed on the ends of acupuncture needles to enhance a treatment. Moxibustion is a effective way to warm and stimulate acupuncture points and is phenomeanal in quickening the healing process. It was developed in the cold mountainous parts of Asia and was used to endure the cold winter months. Traditional Chinese Medicine is thousands of years old and it is thought that Moxibustion treatments pre-dated the use of acupuncture needles.
Herbal Pharmacology is used in Traditonal Chinese Medicine to target specific symptoms which may arise with any disharmony or disease within the body. Unlike Western Pharmacology which looks to mask certain symptoms; Chinese herbal medicine aims to renourish deficiencies and dispell excesses within the body. This form of treatment targets the root cause of disease and improves our body's own ability to effectivly fight disease and regenerate body tissues and essential fluids.
CHINESE FOOD THERAPY
Chinese Food Therapy also called nutrition therapy and dietary therapy, is a mode of dieting rooted in the Chinese understandings of the effects of foods upon the human organism, and centred on concepts such as eating balanced meals in moderation. It now qualifies as an alternative medical practice. The earliest account of Chinese dietary text is a chapter of a book called: Prescriptions Worth a Thousand Gold, which was written by a man named Sun Simiao in the 650 A.D. during the Tang Dynasty. Sun's work contains the earliest known use of the term "food" (or dietary) therapy". Sun stated that he wanted to present current knowledge about food so that people would first turn to food rather than drugs when suffering from an ailment.