Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine. 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.
Moxibustion is a TCM technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate the healing process. The purpose of moxibustion is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, and enhance your overall vitality and health.
As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities. Since each patient has different needs, we carefully select and combine a variety of herbs that will synergistically blend together to achieve optimal results for your unique situation. Depending on your conditions and compliance, we will prescribe you GMP grade extract granules, raw loose herbs, or tea pills.
Cupping generally relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. This method is used as needed depending on your health condition. It feels like a deep tissue, reversed massage and it facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi. The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Depending on your condition, needles are sometimes attached to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two acupuncture points with stronger stimulation. This helps restore the healthy flow of Qi through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.
Many of the Chinese herbs are food that has powerful therapeutic value. Recommendations are given to you to strengthen your overall health and/or support your treatment protocols. In the classical text Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon, it says, "the sages did not treat those already ill, but treated those not yet ill." (Suwen Ch.2) Having a good nutritional diet is a good start to achieve this approach. It can not only help with digestive complaints, but also other issues such as immune support, chronic fatigue syndrome, skin conditions, etc.