Chinese Acupuncture

The practice of Chinese Acupuncture is over 2,000 years old. 

 

-Treatments use hair thin disposable sterile needles to stimulate points within the body to balance the flow of Qi [chi] to the 14 pathways of the body.

 

-This Qi [energy] can be impeded by injury to the body, disease, emotional trauma, or daily stress.  Acupuncture addresses the symptoms as well as the underlying causes of these imbalances and restores the natural flow of Qi throughout the body.

 

-Treatments can increase circulation, open the lymphatic system, release endorphins, regulate hormones, reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.  It is excellent for both acute and chronic conditions, and autoimmune disease.

 

-Stimulation of acupoints using acupuncture needles facilitates the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.

Japanese Acupuncture (Pediatric)

Japanese Acupuncture uses especially thin needles.  

 

-Treatments of this style are very gentle and typically use fewer needles than the traditional Chinese style while achieving excellent results.  Additionally, Japanese style uses "teishin therapy" The word teishin signifies a needle-like instrument made of silver, gold, or other precious material that does not penetrate the skin.  Based on this, it is a great choice for needle sensitive patients and children.

 

-These treatments are based on pulse and Hara* diagnosis. This process includes abdominal palpation that allows the practitioner to understand the location and pattern of imbalance based on physical findings. 

 

*Hara:  a Japanese medical term defined as the abdomen, which reflects the overall state of the health of the body, organs, and the functional relationship of these elements.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is the practice of combining individual herbs into customized formulas to promote health and well-being. The Chinese pharmacopoeia lists over 6,000 different medicinal substances, but only about 400 are in common use.

 

-Although a single herb is sometimes used, a combination of herbs, typically five to fifteen, is more common. The unique characteristic of Chinese herbal medicine is the degree to which formulation is done, in order to meet the needs of your symptoms.

 

-There are herbs that will warm, herbs that will cool, herbs that will tonify, and herbs that will bring you out of stagnation.

 

-It is also important to understand that herbs do not possess only one quality. Western herbal medicine is limited precisely because it draws on herbs in isolation or in small combinations with other herbs serving the same function. Chinese herbal medicine, in contrast, reflects the reality that herbs always embody a combination of properties and temperatures, and that when used properly, they may reach many organ systems in the body.

-Eastern herbal formulas may be prepared and taken in a number of ways. Pre-made formulas are available in terms of pills, tablets, capsules, and powders. 

 

-The traditional method of preparing herbal medicine is as a decoction, a concentrated form of tea. A modern way of administering herbal formulas is through granulated herbs, which are highly concentrated powdered extracts, made from traditional decoctions and then customized for each patient.

-Practitioners can then mix these powders together for each patient into a custom formula.