What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a proven holistic healing modality that enables one to improve their mind, body, and spirit through an array of techniques that help balance and restore our body's vital energy or Qi (pronounced "Chi"). Treatments are personally curtailed to each individual's needs. We offer comprehensive treatments using a variety of modalities for a wide range of health concerns.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world and is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere. Your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture includes placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body to stimulate and improve Qi flow.
Herbal formulas are the traditional version of drug therapy, using plants, minerals and some animal matter in elegant combinations to provide internal medicine treatment for patient health concerns. These are natural, non-pharmaceutical prescriptions which are quite effective drug therapies. In fact, many pharmaceutical drugs are derivatives of herbal therapies (aspirin, for example). Herbal formulas can be quite potent, and must be taken in accordance with the instructions of the practitioner.
Moxibustion is a technique in wherein moxa wool (from mugwort herb) is burned over specific areas of the body. It is used to promote healing and good health by reinvigorating the blood and stimulating the flow of Qi. It is known as an emmenagogue herb, which stimulates menstrual flow. It is also used to alleviate muscular and joint pain.
Glass cups are applied to the skin and a vacuum is created inside the cup (either by heat or suction) in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles into the cup. Cupping is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, relieve aches and pains, and is good for deep tissue repair. It also helps with respiratory and digestive issues by facilitating the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi.
There are specific symptoms indicated in Chinese food therapy to identify a person’s body constitution. The key to good health is to achieve balance by eating foods with properties that are opposite of the body’s constitution to promote internal body harmony. It is important to understand the nature of foods and their critical role in preventing and treating ailments and diseases.
Even with the existence of high-tech medical technologies today, keep in mind that food is still the most important pillar of health.
Tai Chi, Qi Gong, meditation, diet and exercise help not only our physical body feel better, but help our general outlook on life. Our attitude and the way we perceive our circumstances greatly determines our overall health. Holistic medicine is about addressing not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. Shifts that we can all make in our daily routines can help bring us back into balance and encourage a heightened sense of well being.