Treatments

Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Acupuncture is part of a traditional health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. It is based on the theory that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. The meridian system is used to describe the movement of Qi. Disruptions of this flow can cause pain and disease. Acupuncture points are stimulated with sterile needles to correct imbalances of this energy flow.
 
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, is to stimulate the flow of Qi and increase blood circulation. Moxibustion is often used on people who have a cold or blood stagnant condition. 



Chinese Herbs



Herbal remedies have been used all throughout human history. Many modern medications for example Aspirin were dicovered in herbs like the Egyptian Willow Bark. 

 

The Chinese have studied and experimented with plants, animals and mineral remedies for thousand of years and connected it with physical diagnosis based on five elements (Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire) , the 8 principals (hot-cold, deficiency-excess, yin-yang, exterior-interior) and the meridian system. 

Herbal remedies  are typically used in Formulars comprised of 4-12 herbs using the entire plant,  balancing the body so healing can take place.

Cupping

The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and can help with cellulite.

 

Gua Sha

Gua sha is the practice of using a tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin to relieve pain and tension. This action causes light bruising, which often appears as purple or red spots known as petechiae or sha.

The name gua sha — pronounced gwahshah — comes from the Chinese word for scraping. It may also be called skin scraping, spooning, or coining.

Traditional Chinese medicine also views blood stasis or stagnation as a cause of pain and illness. Gua sha aims to move these blockages to relieve aches or stiffness.

 

Initial Consultation: 1-1.5 hours

  • Tongue Evaluation

  • Pulse Diagnostics

  • Acupuncture treatment

  • Herbal Recommendations as appropriate

  • Cupping or Gua Sha as needed

  • Plan for course of treatment

  • Educational materials

Follow-Up Consultations: 1 hour 

  • Pulse Diagnostics & Tongue Evaluation

  • Acupuncture treatment

  • Herbal Recommendations as appropriate

  • Cupping or Gua Sha as needed

  • Tui-Na as needed

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