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Acupuncture

The ancient beliefs on which TCM is based include the following:

• The human body is a miniature version of the larger, surrounding universe.

• Harmony between two opposing yet complementary forces, called yin and yang, supports health, and disease   results from an imbalance between these forces.

• Five elements—fire, earth, wood, metal, and water—symbolically represent all phenomena, including the stages of human life, and explain the functioning of the body and how it changes during disease.

• Qi, a vital energy that flows through the body, performs multiple functions in maintaining health.

Acupuncture, from the Latin acus, meaning needle and punctura, meaning to pierce, is part of a holistic system of healing, developed and refined in China over a period of more than 2500 years to restore and maintain good health.  The first known medical account of acupuncture is found in The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, which dates from the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 ACE).

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (TCM)  is a comprehensive health care system that uses acupuncture and Chinese Herbs to balance the body and foster an ultimate state of health. In TCM philosophy, our bodies mainly consist of life essence and energy.  Our body's life energy named as “qi" (pronounced "chee") in TCM , flowing in a smooth and balanced way through the network of meridians (channels) connecting all major organs. Meridians, which are like the messenger pathways of our nervous and circulatory systems, act as conduits for energetic passage in TCM. There are twelve regular meridians and eight extraordinary meridians in human body which connect all the parts of body (and) There are 361 acupoints allocated in the meridians, which are regarded  as vital points of the energy pathway (meridian).

The balance of body essence and flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of factors, such as anxiety, stress, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary, infections, toxins and trauma, resulting in illness.

With the use of hair thin acupuncture needles on specific anatomical acupoints, a Chinese Medicine doctor and acupuncturist can stimulate the different acupoints in order to make subtle adjustments to the flow of these meridians and alter the imbalances to promote a state of health.  When there is proper flow of qi and blood in the body the natural state of health can flourish.

Generally, the acupuncture treatment restores the qi's balance by treat the acupoints in the channels of energy, stimulating the body's own natural healing mechanisms. As a holistic method, the principal aim of acupuncture is to restore equilibrium between a person's physical, emotional and spiritual aspects.

The skill of the acupuncturist lies in his/her ability to make a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony. The nature of the disharmony is unique to each individual, and with traditional acupuncture, is treated as such with a personalized treatment plan.

 

 

Cupping

Cupping has become popularized in the media due to the marks seen on several celebrities. Much like all of Chinese Medicine, it has been around for thousands of years and has played a role in many medical histories of different cultural origins. It has remained due to its ability to address several key ailments. Commonly it is used for pain management and respiratory disorders. Cupping is the placement of specially designed glass cups in an inverted position over certain areas of the body with the use of vacuum pressure. While this procedure does leave marks for several days, it can often provide immediate relief for many conditions and is a great and often under-utilized component of Eastern Medicine.

 

 

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is another way of breaking up blockages in the body by the use of a 'scraping' technique that has its roots in Chinese Medicine. It's benefits are many; it is often used for painful muscular spasms. Additionally, it is used to surface impurities that may be dormant in the body.  Commonly a soft edged implement is used and is gently rubbed against the skin. Areas of concern are quickly seen by the practitioner. Results can often be immediate. It is a bodywork or massage technique that can work superficially while having strong effects on the deeper tissue layers providing lasting results. This technique will also cause a short term reddening or bruising to the skin. While it is not painful, it is not pretty! We suggest that you consider gua sha as long as the skin will not be exposed for special events etc. within a week's time.

 

Electro-acupuncture

A very low frequency electrical current (1Hz - 50hz) is applied to the needle to increase blood flow, relax muscle tissue and clear stagnant qi.

 

Auricular acupuncture

Acupuncture points located on the ear. Often used with other styles of acupuncture or on its own to treat pain or addiction.

 

Facial  acupuncture

Aims to help restore muscle tone and improve circulation in the face and neck to delay the signs of aging.

 

Moxibustion

Application of indirect heat using moxa (therapeutic herbs) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles and energy meridians.

 

 

Tuina | Acupressure | Massage | Bodywork

These manual hand techniques also release blockages and tension in the body. This improves circulation and muscle tone offering great therapeutic value. Both invigorating and relaxing, these non-invasive techniques can alleviate stress and reduce pain and stiffness.

 

 

Procedure

Initial Consultation | 1 Hour |

 

• Consists of a comprehensive intake covering all aspects of your physical, emotional and mental health

• Meridian palpation

• Tongue Evaluation

• Pulse Diagnostics

• Acupuncture treatment

• Herbal Recommendations as appropriate*

• Cupping or Gua Sha as needed

• Dietary and Lifestyle suggestions based on Eastern principles

• Plan for course of treatment

• Educational materials

Follow-Up Consultations | 45min

• Follow-up intake addressing key aspects of health status

• Tongue Evaluation

• Pulse Diagnostics

• Acupuncture treatment

• Herbal Recommendations as appropriate*

• Cupping or Gua Sha as needed

• Dietary and Lifestyle suggestions based on Eastern principles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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