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Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originated from China over 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available everywhere.
According to Traditional eastern Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
- Pain reduction
- Stress and tension relief
- Increased energy levels
- Stronger digestion
- Relief from bad habits and addictions
- Greater sense of overall health and well-being
Eastern herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using natural substances — including herbs — to enhance one's health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities, rather than trying merely to diminish the discomfort and not provide a more effective solution.
Since each patient has different needs, our herbology specialist carefully selects and combines a variety of herbs that will synergistically blend together to achieve optimal results for your unique situation. Our clinical expert will then prescribe high-quality, professional-grade herbal medicines that are available only to qualified licensed professionals.
How it Works
Many people are aware of how herbs and natural medicine are effective and good for the body, but are hesitant to actually start drinking herbal teas. Most of these people, however, are just not truly accustomed to the science behind Eastern medicine.
I once had a patient who was adamant on not getting herbal medicine due to the fear that medicines cause weight gain. However, herbal teas do not impact one’s weight directly, and only increase one’s appetite during the bodily healing process. Once only has to be mindful of consumption during this time.
The “right” medicine is different for everyone, depending on purpose, body type, symptoms, et cetera.
Teas for energy restoration, for instance, can help in weight loss by energizing the body and getting rid of excess weight by speeding up the metabolism process and aide in flushing out water weight.
On the other hand, underweight people are able to restore their health using a different type of medicine for making the blood healthier so that the body can have essential nutrients to properly function and fuel the body again.
For patients who have too much cold energy in their bodies, a medicine to bring back “Yang” energy can help strengthen the lower body including helping to stop diarrhea and frequent urination (both of which are symptoms of a cold body).
Herbal medicine can also be used to restore one’s “Yin” energy, if the patient lacks essence in their body (moisture, in simpler ways of explanation) and is constantly dehydrated. Medicines to treat such patients can help in getting rid of symptoms commonly found in dehydrated individuals, such as a dry mouth and cold sweats.
As demonstrated, herbal medicine is quite effective in creating bodily balance, by boosting “weak points” on one’s body. Not only does it generally regulate bodily functions, it also helps strengthen the immune system. Because of this, herbal medicine is centered around creating more energy to fight off repetitive colds and seasonal illnesses by making the immune system stronger.
When paired with proper sleep, a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, herbal medicine can do wonders in improving one’s body.
Cupping has been a part of Eastern Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. A specialized 'cup' is set on certain points of discomfort on the body as a form of respiratory therapy. The process causes no pain to the individual-it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi(energy)as it flows through the body. The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
The Story of Cupping
The concept of cupping is to clear the blood within the body and prompt metabolism through a philosophy comparable to that of a flowing stream. In the beginning of the stream, the water starts off clear and fresh, but picks up trash along the way as it flows down and becomes polluted. The concept of cupping is essentially that of cleaning up the polluted waters to ensure better overall health in the body.
Acupuncture itself is used as a means to control and balance the flow of the river by “clearing the way” for the water. Herbal medicine “melts away” the pollution. Cupping essentially picks up the trash and discards of it through the release of blood and bad qi. All three are unique approaches to health conditions, and the means to treat a patient all depends on each individual symptoms and concerns. When blood is stagnated in the body due to circulation failure, wet cupping is able to suck out the bad blood from the outside, allowing for proper circulation and ultimately relieving the area of pain.
Cupping is a very popular method of pain treatment in Asia due to its effectiveness in treating both internal (e.g. high blood pressure, indigestion, etc) and external (e.g. sprains, muscular tension, etc) troubles. Cupping is also a quite safe and easy method, making it an option even for everyday home use.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the healthy position inside the womb after receiving moxibustion at an acupoint on the bladder meridian.
One of the most common questions that patients ask about Chinese acupuncture therapy is: "Why does my practitioner check my pulse?" Pulse diagnosis is actually one of the most complex and important diagnostic techniques we use in Chinese Medicine. Through feeling and evaluating an individual's pulse, the acupuncturist is able to obtain an accurate diagnosis of your overall state and condition, Qi (energy) flow, and internal organ health, among other things, such as rate of heartbeat. The practitioner then synthesizes all of this information into a highly effective and individualized treatment plan for your specific needs.
Electroacupuncture is a highly effective holistic treatment for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture. Using the exact same system of Chinese Medicine, the acupuncturist inserts very thin and sterile needles into specific points along the meridians of your body. They then attach the needles to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points. This helps to restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.
Tui Na is an ancient form of bodywork that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I use a variety of pressures and strokes along the meridians (energy pathways) of your body to both relax your muscles and also stimulate the flow of energy throughout your body. By treating both the physical (musculature) and energetic (Qi) levels of your body at the same time, I can achieve results far beyond what you’d receive from a conventional massage therapy session.