Traditional Chinese Medicine

Ancient Chinese medical bookTraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an integrated healing philosophy.  It is the oldest professional, continually-practiced, literate medicine in the world. Central to TCM are the concepts of Qi, or energy flow, and Yin/Yang. Yin and Yang are the balance of forces throughout all of nature and in the human body; a simple example is heat and cold. TCM works to reestablish balance and harmony within the body. The goal of a TCM physician is to balance yin and yang, the five elements, viscera and bowels, and qi, blood, and body fluids. Balance is re-established by supporting the body’s healthy  energy, and releasing unhealthy energy.

Moxibustion and Cupping

moxabustion on a person's backMoxibustion is a method of producing analgesia or altering the body system by igniting herbs or other combustible slow-burning substance, and holding it as near the acupuncture point on the skin (without pain or burning).

vacuum cupping on the back Cupping is a technique that uses glass or bamboo cups, which are placed on the skin with suctio to influence the flow of energy and blood. Cupping is a safe, non-invasive, and inexpensive technique. It is used to treat colds, lung infections, and problems in the internal organs. It is also used to treat muscle and joint pain and spasms, particularly in the back.

Chinese Herbology

Chinese herbsHerbs supports the body's self healing ability. When we take herbs, the essence enters the acupuncture meridian and adjusts the vital flow of energy in the body. Chinese herbology incorporates ingredients from all parts of plants (root, stem, leaf, flower, and natural minerals) to restore Yin/Yang balance. Herbs come in the form of beebies (tiny round pills), powders, herbal tea infusions.


young woman with acupuncture needles in her backAcupuncture treatment assists nature by influencing energy or Qi (pronounced Chee) to returns to its natural flow and balance in the body. This allows body, mind and spirit to return to health. The influence is achieved by inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body called meridians, where the energy and blood flows through the body. Each meridian point treats specific symptoms and disorders.

Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the theory that the vital life force (Qi) controls the functions of main organs and systems of the body.  Qi is what gives you the ability to talk, walk, think, and dream. Qi must be flowing freely and in the correct strength and quality through each of the meridians for optimal health. If the energy within the meridians is balanced and harmonious, the body, mind, and spirit are also balanced. Illness is energy that is out of balance. Pain and symptoms are a distress signals, notifying us of an imbalance due to physical, mental or spiritual causes. Acupuncture adjusts the flow of Qi in the body, leading it to areas where it is insufficient and draining it from areas where it is stuck and/or superabundant. In this way, acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of the body and its parts.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing. It originated in China nearly 5,000 years ago. The Chinese believe that the practice of acupuncture began during the Stone Age when stone knives or sharp edged tools, described by the character 'Bian', were used to puncture and drain abscesses. The Chinese character, Bian, means the 'use of a sharp edged stone to treat disease.' The modern Chinese character 'Bi', representing a disease of pain, is almost certainly derived from the use of 'Bian stones' for the treatment of painful complaints.

Tui Na (Chinese Massage)

palm massageTui Na uses various hand and finger techniques to stimulate the acupoints and meridians. It is especially good at treating musculo-skeletal diseases, relieving spasms, and promoting the recovery of function of muscles, bones, and joints.

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