Treatments and Services
CHINESE MEDICINE is a system of healing used to treat a variety of ailments. It is based on the belief that our bodies are in a dynamic state of balance, internally and externally, and that when our equilibrium is disturbed, we suffer discomfort, pain and illness.
Chinese Medicine is divided into The Four Pillars:
- Acupuncture & Moxibustion
- Herbs & Nutrition
- Tui Na
- Qi Gong
These pillars work together synergistically to correct, restore and increase the flow of energy (Qi).
1. Acupuncture & Moxibustion
ACUPUNCTURE has been used for over 2000 years to effectively unblock, direct and restore the flow of energy through the body. Thin, sterile needles are inserted into precise points along the body’s pathways, opening up a free flow of energy through the channels. Acupuncture works by increasing Qi in areas that are depleted, and by dispersing and redirecting Qi in areas with an excess of energy. The flow of Qi improves the circulation of blood and fluids and the functioning of the nervous system.
MOXIBUSTION, often combined with acupuncture, uses the herb moxa (mugwort or Artemisia vulgaris). Moxa is burned and allowed to smolder like an incense stick held above the skin, or positioned on the inserted needle. The conduction of heat warms and stimulates circulation for a smoother flow of Qi and blood. This therapy has been used to raise white blood cell counts in severely debilitated patients and has helped reposition breech babies.
2. Herbal Remedies, Dietary Therapy and Nutrition
Chinese medicinal HERBAL REMEDIES combine active ingredients in plant form that are specific to a patient’s constitution. Remedies may include plant roots, bark, leaves, branches, flowers, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables and minerals, and are processed in a variety of ways—as tea decoctions, granule powders, pills and tablets. The proper herbal formula can have a potent therapeutic effect, without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.
The Chinese Medical approach includes attention to DIET and NUTRITION. Eating is, after all, an integral part of our lives. The right combination of food can strengthen the immune system, ease chronic inflammation and digestive conditions, help restore the skin, and aid in weight reduction. Dietary recommendations need not be restrictive. They are based on the concerns, preferences, and needs of each patient.
3. Tui Na
TUI NA, one of the oldest forms of medical massage, literally means to “push” (tui) and “grasp” (na). Using manual pressure (acupressure), Tui Na aids the flow of Qi and stimulates circulation in connective tissue. It enhances physical performance by opening joints, easing muscle tension and correcting postural deviations.
4. Medical Qigong
MEDICAL QIGONG is a comprehensive system that addresses the root cause of symptoms and illness. Rather than treating the patient as an aggregate of dysfunctional parts, Medical Qigong treats the whole being—the physical, emotional, and psychological self. The touchstone of Medical Qigong is the belief that we suffer from discomfort and pain because our relationship to universal Qi is disharmonious.
The word “Qigong” combines two Chinese characters:
Qi (氣) represents breath of life—the vital energy that flows through all things in the universe.
Gong (功) is the cultivation of self-discipline and achievement through practice.
Combined, the characters signify the skill of cultivating vital energy.
Qigong works with the electromagnetic currents of the body, currents that are not only present within us, but also extend outside our physical body, and interact with the world around us. All of our organs and tissues contribute to these currents, with the strongest bio-magnetic field being around the heart.
In a Medical Qigong treatment, the practitioner directs energy to the patient, usually via the practitioner’s hands. Energy is guided through the channels and organs using prescribed movements, postures, hand mudras, sounds and breathing techniques that are drawn from ancient Daoist and Buddhist practices.
Additional Treatment Modalities
The SANDLIN TECHNIQUE is the physical component of the body of work developed by Virginia Sandlin, called Matrimatics. Matrimatics is a synthesis of ancient Cherokee healing methods and quantum ethics. Through gentle touch, the practitioner senses energy flow and blockages in the body. This technique strengthens and rehabilitates the body to accelerate cellular healing. It is non-intrusive in nature and deeply relaxing.
GUA SHA is a bodywork technique used as a home remedy in many parts of Asia. A smooth, flat tool is used to gently press and scrape the skin to affect underlying muscles. The friction and directional motion helps to alleviate muscle soreness and tension. Gua Sha promotes circulation, releases toxins and restores normal metabolism.
CUPPING is a method of reverse acupressure. Sterilized glass cups create a vacuum against the skin; this suction encourages circulation and alleviates musculoskeletal pain in the back, neck, shoulders, and other areas. Cupping also eases the symptoms of the common cold, pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
FACIAL REJUVENATION ACUPUNCTURE is an integral approach that treats underlying factors contributing to the aging process. The treatment is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine and involves the insertion of fine needles into particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, torso, and legs. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, which also includes massage with essential oils, works by improving blood circulation and bringing vital nutrients to the muscles and skin cells. In addition, the insertion of needles into the skin encourages collagen and elastin production. After a series of treatments, deep and fine lines are softened, facial and neck muscles are strengthened, and the complexion is improved.