Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is a system of primary health care which spans a period of over 3000 years. It includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese message or Tui Na, Qi Gong, dietary advice, cupping, & moxibustion. External or internal pathogens, environmental stress, lifestyles, poor diet, overwork, and weather can cause disharmony and imbalance which lead to a physical, emotional, and/or spiritual dysfunction. In Western medicine this is known as disease. The goal of TCM is to restore good health and harmony to an individual rather than treating a particular medical condition thus bringing about balance and order of energy to the body, mind, and spirit which assists the body to overcome disease.
Chinese herbal medicine is a major aspect of TCM that focuses on a person’s underlying cause of disease which manifests as the main complaints or the patterns of symptoms. The herbs can restore balance to the body and aid in the resolution of infections, breathing disorders, hormonal disturbances, affects of cancer treatments, and ease mental distress. There are more that 3200 herbs consisting of mineral, plant, and animal extracts. Herbs can be taken in the form of teas, powders, pills, tinctures, or syrups and are usually given in formulas which can have combination of two or more herbs.
Cupping is one the oldest methods of TCM. The earliest recorded use of cupping dates back the the early fourth century. Originally, cups were made from hollowed-out animal horns. Today they are typically made of thick glass, plastic, bamboo, iron, and pottery cups. Usually, the cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable substance which is placed inside the cup briefly in order to remove the oxygen and create a vacuum. The cup is then placed over a specific area of treatment and either sustained there or moved slowly around the area which stimulates flow of blood, breaks up obstructions, creates a path for toxins to be released from the body, and balances and realigns the flow of Qi.
Facial Rejuvenation or Cosmetic Acupuncture can help one to look younger and fresher, filling fine lines and plumping the skin by increasing collagen. It can also delay the onset of wrinkles before they start, beat blemishes, and keep the skin tone fresh and even. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture uses very fine needles on specific points of the face, head, and body to enhance beauty and preserve a youthful, healthy appearance. It is not a surgical face lift and as such the results are not altering the facial appearance in an unnatural way. The outcome is a wholesome look ofhealth which affects the color and texture of the skin that brightens and smoothes and lifts sagging. The treatment addresses one’s overall health with a “mini constitutional” treatment while receiving the facial acupuncture. Many people find this an added bonus with the increased sense of well-being.
Moxibustion involves the burning of mugwort, a fragrant herb, to facilitate healing and maintain general health. It is placed near the skin or on a carrier substance such as garlic, ginger, salt, or several other substances and placed on acupuncture points on the body to enhance and insure specific desired effects. Moxa helps to alleviate a cold or stagnant condition by warming the meridians or channels thus improving the flow of blood and Qi energy and strengthening organ and body function.
Tuina Body Work
Tuina is a form of Asian bodywork. It is one of the original types of TCM treatment. Tuina is a combination of massage, acupressure, and body manipulation which works by applying pressure to accupoints, meridians, and groups of muscles or nerves to remove blockages that prevent the free flow of Qi. Clients usually stay clothed in loose, comfortable attire.
Shonishin (pediatric acupuncture)
Shonishin or pediatric acupuncture can be traced back to 17th century Osaka, Japan. It was developed specifically for infants and children up to the age of 7 years old. It is gentle and generally non-invasive. It involves a rhythmical stroking, tapping, rubbing, and pressing of the skin. Rounded tools made from stainless steel, silver, gold, copper or bone are used to to produce a variety of gentle stimulations. Needles are generally not inserted into the skin. It has been used with some success in the treatment of colic, ADHD, allergies, asthma, eczema, hives, bedwetting, and stuttering. Children can be treated as young as one month old.