Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems. In the United States, people use TCM primarily as a complementary health approach. TCM encompasses many different practices, including acupuncture, electro- acupuncture, moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points), Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage), dietary therapy, and tai chi and qi gong (practices that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus).
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote its own natural healing ability. The theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. During the initial visit you will meet with your acupuncturist privately in a consultation room to review your medical history and the main reason for coming. The first visit is typically an hour long.
Acupuncture Follow up visits
Acupuncture is used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Each time you receive a treatment, the points may or may not vary. We use many approaches to balance treating your overall condition along with your main complaint. Each treatment is highly customized for you and your specific health concern. Follow up treatments are 50 minutes.
Needle Free: Acupressure
Acupoints can be stimulated by many means other than needles. Other options are acupressure (where finger or mechanical pressure is applied on the acupoint), laser stimulation, heat or cold stimulation. This treatment is designed for infants as well as those who are uncomfortable with needles.
Needle Free: Cupping
Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, including glass, and bamboo. The cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called "moxa" are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.
The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders.