8 Principle, 5 Element and 8 Extra Acupuncture
Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture
Tui Na Massage
Adjunct TCM Modalities
I design the treatment specifically to your needs, so with that in mind treatment modalities chosen depend on what you are wanting treated. Most often, you will receive acupuncture and herbal therapy because the combination generally produces more powerful and quicker results. If you are coming in with muscular discomfort, i.e. low back pain, then massage along with acupuncture and herbal therapy will produce the strongest treatment.
I have found that the patients who are willing to participate in their health plan get the best outcomes. The more able and willing you are in committing to your health the more recommendations will be made. I always welcome your input and want to be as supportive as possible to you in your commitment to better health.
Acupuncture is an essential branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a comprehensive system of healthcare with a consistent clinical history of over 3000 years. Acupuncture is a modern, viable alternative to overcoming illness and its multi-faceted approach is designed to help people live longer, happier and healthier lives. Acupuncture has become one of the fastest growing forms of healthcare today due to its guiding principles of promoting balance and harmony.
Acupuncture is the insertion of hair thin needles into specific points along a channel to re-direct or unblock Qi (pronounced chee). According to Chinese medical theory, dis-ease arises when there is an imbalance in the flow of qi, or life energy along any of the fourteen major channels (also referred to as meridians) in the body. These channels are linked to internal organ systems. By redirecting and balancing qi with acupuncture health is restored. Acupuncture is a safe, gentle and effective treatment for a wide range of health conditions such as musculoskeletal issues, acute and chronic pain, gynecological concerns, cosmetic enhancement, pediatric conditions, digestive issues, infertility, arthritis, digestive issues, emotional disorders and much more.
Electro acupuncture is the use of gentle electrical stimulation applied to the needles. Electro acupuncture bolsters the effectiveness of treatment for chronic conditions. It helps to break up energetic obstructions, loosen adhesions causing pain and remove toxicity in the tissues and organs.
Auricular acupuncture is, quite simply, acupuncture done on the ear. It is a form of acupuncture based on classical theory and is what is known as a micro system. Microsystems use one part or the body-for example the hands, ear or feet-to treat condition that are present anywhere in the body. Auricular acupuncture is particularly effective in two situations: pain control and addictive/compulsive behaviors. Each acupuncture point being treated triggers electrical impulses from the ear via the brain, to the specific area of the body being treated. Endorphins are released, energy is balanced and a renewed sense of well-being is established.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is intact which causes a pulling if the skin and muscle. This technique is called gliding cupping.
The cups are generally left in place from 5-15 minutes. The skin becomes reddened due to the increase of blood circulation. The cups are removed by pressing on the skin alongside the cup to release pressure. Some bruising along the rim site of the cup is expected.
Cupping is recommended for the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders, pain, lung diseases, paralysis but can be used for many other disorders as well.
Massage cupping is a modified version of Traditional Chinese medicine cupping therapy. In massage cupping, the cup is kept active the whole time. This creates space and separation in the tissues which allows for a more effective and comfortable experience for the client. This technique is used for detoxification, lymph drainage, cellulite reduction, weight loss effects, pain relief, improved circulation, decreased inflammation, scar reduction and sedation of the nervous system.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of the herb Mugwort to facilitate healing. The purpose of moxibustion is to strengthen the production and flow of blood and Qi and to maintain general health. Moxibustion and other forms of heat therapy are used to warm the body, increase circulation, and induce a state of deep relaxation. Many patients experience increased flexibility and range of motion, decrease in pain and inflammation, improved digestive function, detoxification, stronger immune system, deeper sleep and more.
Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine in the world. Herbal medicine is an elaborate, sophisticated system of natural healing that billions of people have used to treat all kinds of conditions. Today, herbal medicine is routinely used alongside acupuncture to treat a wide variety of disorders. The combination of herbal therapy and acupuncture creates a more effective and lasting treatment. CC Natural Medicine utilizes both Chinese and Western herbs. We have access to an extensive pharmacy of tinctures, granular and patents to assist you in your healing process.
Dietary and Lifestyle Recommendations. I encourage all of my patients to choose an organic whole foods diet free of sugar, white flour products and synthetic additives and preservatives. This is universally beneficial for all. I believe that the use of whole foods supplements and nutrient dense foods is one the best steps a client can take to get their health back on track. Although patients are not required to make dietary changes, Acupuncture and herbal treatments are greatly augmented by following dietary advice offered by your practitioner. Nutrition is a fully integrated component of Chinese medicine and helps to maintain the success of treatments. We will recommend specific foods for specific conditions and individual constitutions where appropriate.
Gua Sha, also referred to as “scraping” is a form of massage therapy using a special tool. The muscle tissue is smoothed over with oil and a tool to release heat and bring more circulation to the area. Gua Sha is used for muscle tension and tightness, limited range of motion and sore throats.
Liniments are Chinese herbal liquid mixtures. Liniments are rubbed into areas of pain to increase blood circulation or reduce swelling.
Tui Na massage is a Chinese form of medical massage. Specific strokes are used to smooth out muscle tissues and fibers, open areas of congestion and relieve pain. Tui Na massage can be very invigorating, releasing or relaxing depending on the type of condition being treated. Tui Na massage is often combined with acupuncture and they complement each other very well. Tui Na massage can be used for soft tissue injuries, congested sinuses, headaches, pain and swellings.
Tai Chi/Qi Gong/Stretching
Simple and easy stretching recommendations can be given for you to do at your desk, at home or before and after exercise.
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