Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. 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 available anywhere.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). 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. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
- Pain reduction
- Stress and tension relief
- Increased energy levels
- Stronger digestion
- Relief from bad habits and addictions
- Greater sense of overall health and well-being
Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances — including herbs — to
enhance one's health and vitality. 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. We prescribe high-quality, professional-grade herbal medicines that are available only to qualified licensed professionals.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and
also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. A specialized "cup" is placed onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is
relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.
First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. We then use a smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon or gua sha tool) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called "Sha"), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow if Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. But the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.
Auricular Therapy: offers its own diagnostic system. By observing and palpating the entire ear; we can observe contours, shape, and colors of certain regions of the ear that correspond with the physiological function and
pathological change of internal organs, channels, tissues, limbs and bones.
When disease occurs in an organ or certain tissue, positive spots, which are commonly tender, will appear on the corresponding ear points. For instance there are 3 lines that can occur on the ear lobe that might indicate, depending on their location, that someone has cardiac disease, tinnitus or that they’re missing a tooth. On another part of the helix (the outer border of the ear) there are 2 areas that could indicate the presence of a tumor when it is discolored and painful to palpate. It is also common to use a device that has a detector while performing the diagnosis. This makes Auricular Therapy an important component of diagnosis in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
Stimulation of these tender spots, by using the proper protocol, can eliminate or reduce the pathological effects. The treatment protocol that we use consists of stimulating these so called hot spots by applying seeds of the vacariae plant held onto the ear with tape.
The advantage that seeds offer is that:
1) they can be worn for up to several days, where the patient can massage the points for 20 seconds 3-4 times a day, thus extending the time between treatments
2) the patient can take them out at their own discretion
3) the seeds minimize the risk of infection, albeit small, that can happen with needles
The nerves of the auricle include somatic nerves, which connect with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th segments of the cervical nerves, 3 cranial nerves (trigeminal, vagus and facial nerves) which connect to the brain stem, and sympathetic nerve which connect with the cervical ganglia of the sympathetic trunk. It is therefore very effective for treating various pains (i.e., neck and back pain, headaches, toothaches, nerve pain such as TMJ and sciatica). It’s also effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression, eye problems, and addictions and cravings; just to name a few.