Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine //
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic medical system that has evolved over thousands of years used to treat a broad range of medical conditions. Often, individuals have difficulty adapting to environmental and intrinsic stresses. TCM’s ultimate goal is to stimulate a person’s internal healing resources to adapt by restoring balance and homeostasis to the body.
Integral to this medicine is stimulating the movement of Qi to release physical, emotional, and spiritual blockages. Qi can be translated as one’s vital energy or innate intelligence, which keeps us free from illness, as well as giving us the resources to thrive. Our health is determined by the quantity, quality and flow of Qi through distinctive channels in our body.
In TCM, each person is viewed as a unique individual, with treatment based on a combination of personal constitution, lifestyle and environmental influences. It encompasses many tools and modalities including acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, tui na, qi gong, acutonics and herbal medicine.
Acupuncture uses thin sterile needles to stimulate highly energetic points on the body that can effect the movement and quantity of Qi.
Acupressure applies pressure on these same points without the use of needles.
Acutonics is a vibrational/sound healing therapy utilizing tuning forks, singing bowls, drums, and gongs which are often placed on the body, specific acupuncture points, or around the body. The use of vibration in healing is an ancient and powerful practice to release physical and emotional restrictions.
Cupping generates a suction or pulling force on the body with cups to help break up stagnation in fascia and muscular tissue while facilitating movement of Qi.
Moxibustion applies heat on or around the body through the burning of the herb mugwort. This process facilitates healing through the addition of energy in the form of heat.
Tui na is a form of Chinese bodywork characterized by kneading, pressing, rolling, shaking, and stretching of the body.
Gua sha involves gently rubbing the skin using a specific tool shaped like a ceramic spoon in order to move stagnation in the fascia and muscles, or to release excess heat lodged in the body.
Qi gong is an internal Chinese meditative practice that often uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of Qi within the body, and to enhance one’s overall health.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine has a rich history of eclectic use for many health conditions. Several modern medicines today were isolated from plants. Many popular Chinese and Western herbs also have a strong background of research supporting their use. You may be prescribed herbs in the form of capsules, tinctures, raw herbs or granules to be made into a tea.