Chinese Medicine Involves the use of many THERAPEUTIC modalities
Acupuncture (Full Body) – Acupuncture is just one therapeutic modality that involves the insertion of thin, solid, single-use, sterile needles into the skin. Acupuncture needles may be placed in areas of tenderness or in any of the 360 traditional acupuncture points in order to induce a therapeutic effect. A variety of acupuncture styles are used such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Japanese styles and different microsystems (auricular, abdominal, and scalp). The insertion of these needles elicits a therapeutic response and can improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
Mini Acupuncture (Ear + up to 2 body points) - Ear or auricular acupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture points on the external surface of the ear based on the diagnosis and treatment of various health conditions in other areas of the body. The ear holds a microsystem which correlates to the whole body and is consistent with brain mapping discoveries in recent research.
Acupressure – Acupressure works similarly to acupuncture, but does not include the use of needles to stimulate acupuncture points. Pressure is applied to the body via fingers, palms, and elbows to elicit a therapeutic response. This technique is useful for those who are either needle sensitive or afraid of needles. It is also used in the treatment of infants and young children.
Electro-acupuncture – Electro-acupuncture is an acupuncture technique that adds a small TENS unit for further stimulation of the needles. Small clips attached to the acupuncture needles send electrical pulses through the clips. Frequency and intensity can be adjusted based on the condition and the patient’s comfort. This allows multiple needles to be stimulated simultaneously without the practitioner manually stimulating each needle. Although electroacupuncture is not appropriate for every condition, it may quicken the healing process in some conditions.
Cosmetic Acupuncture - Cosmetic acupuncture is a natural anti-aging treatment involving the insertion of needles into the face to decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds. This service also includes a specialized cupping technique and light facial massage.
Cupping – Cupping uses suction to treat a variety of medical ailments. There are different types, including stationary cupping, slide cupping, flash cupping, and bleed cupping. Stationary cupping occurs when glass cups are simply suctioned onto the skin and retained during the treatment. Slide cupping involves sliding the cups back and forth on lubricated skin. Flash cupping is a dynamic form of cupping where the cup is placed on the skin for a few seconds, moved across the skin, and then removed quickly. It is similar to slide cupping, but the cups are lifted off of the skin more rapidly. Bleed cupping is where the skin is pricked with a small needle before a cup is placed over it. Old and stagnant blood is removed and new blood perfuses the area to facilitate healing.
Moxibustion – sometimes called, “Moxa,” involves burning a Chinese Herb – Artemisiae Argyi (English name: Mugwort) near the skin to provide penetrating warmth.
There are different types of moxibustion: Direct and Indirect
Pictured above is a moxa box in which four small compacted moxa sticks are lit and placed in a box which holds them slightly away from the skin. This provides a penetrating warmth to a larger area of skin. Pictured to the right is pole moxa. This is considered indirect moxa where pin pointed areas may be targeted. Moxa balls may be applied and burned directly on the head of the needle and stick on moxa or moxa cones can be applied directly to the skin - these are removed once a gentle sensation of warmth is achieved.
Gua Sha – Gua sha involves gently scraping lubricated skin to perfuse an area with new and fresh blood. It allows for old and stagnant blood to come to the surface sometimes creating a light bruise.
Micro-Bleeding – Micro-bleeding is an old technique that involves pricking a specific area of the skin with a small needle to therapeutically remove a few drops of old blood. This allows the new blood to perfuse and nourish an area of stagnant injury.
Chinese Herbal Medicine – Chinese herbal medicine involves the use of specific, individualized combinations of plant, mineral, and animal products into a water decoction. This is usually consumed as a tea or in pills to provide additional therapeutic benefits between patient visits.
External Chinese Herbs / Liniments – External Chinese herbs and herbal liniments are applied to the skin to treat a variety of conditions, including pain, joint deformities, and skin conditions. External herbs and liniments may also be used as a medium for cupping or gua sha techniques.
Tui na – Tui na is a form of Chinese medical massage that is performed while a patient is fully clothed or under a sheet. A variety of hand techniques are utilized including grasping, round rubbing, pressing, and rolling.
7 Star/Plum Blossom – This technique involves a single needle with seven small prongs at the end. The practitioner uses a gentle and rapid tapping method to quickly contact the skin and create gentle stimulation of the skin and underlying tissues.
Qi Gong – Qi gong is a type of gentle exercise that involves standing postures, breathing techniques, and focused intention. This may be stationary in specific positions or with slow, focused, and dynamic movements.
Magnets – High-powered magnets are taped directly on the skin at specific acupuncture points to elicit a therapeutic outcome. The magnets have two sides (north and south), and are therefore able to supplement the body or reduce pathogenic influences that may be causing illness. This is another useful technique for those who are afraid of needles.
TDP Heat Lamp – TDP heat lamps use a mineral plate to provide infrared heat to the body to warm and facilitate the body’s ability to heal itself.
Eastern Dietary Therapy – Nutritional advice is given in the paradigm of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) based on both the condition and the individualized body. It takes into account the energetic properties of food and how these properties impact the body. This advice differs from western nutrition because in TCM, there is no single diet that is perfect for everyone.
Lifestyle Advice — By using the fundamental principles of Chinese medicine, lifestyle advice may be given to help improve quality of life and ensure harmony in the body.