What We Do
What We Do
What We Do
Traditional Chinese Medicine or “TCM” is an ancient healing system with the strength to address complex 21st century illness. It is based on the idea that Qi (vital energy) flows through the body and regulates health and well-being. By correcting energetic imbalances resulting from internal and external causes, the body can be restored to health.
TCM understands that states of health and disease are unique to each person, and thus uses an individual approach to treating each individual and each disease. With this customized approach, we can treat a wide variety of conditions effectively and safely. It is great for relieving all types of pain, and addresses a multitude of other health problems as well. These treatments may have ancient roots, but they remain applicable in today’s modern world.
We use a variety of techniques to address energetic imbalances:
Chinese Acupuncture: Sterile, disposable, hair-thin needles inserted at specific locations throughout the body to resolve imbalances and restore health.
Moxabustion: Special herbs are burned at various points on the body, either on the head of the needle or with a moxa pole, to further stimulate and support the energy in that area.
Electro-acupuncture: Small electrodes are attached to acupuncture needles to provide gentle stimulation to particular acupuncture points (similar to a TENS machine).
Gua Sha: A therapeutic massage technique using a Chinese soup spoon that is strongly stimulating and moving. Gua Sha is particularly helpful to relieve tension in tight muscles.
Cupping: Another powerful technique to address stubborn pain conditions, similar to those addressed by Gua Sha.
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Individualized herbal prescriptions are created for each patient to address their unique health makeup.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing system from China in which thin needles are inserted into the body to restore balance and health.
The underlying philosophy for acupuncture is that Qi flows throughout the body. Disease can arise when the Qi gets out of balance.
Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of Qi, thus restoring health and well-being.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine, as prescribed by a trained herbalist, operates on the same Qi theory, and often has a profound effect on one’s health. Combining acupuncture and Chinese herbs can often produce even greater improvements in one’s health.
Since Chinese medicine takes a more holistic approach to the body, it is also useful as a preventative therapy. We all have a sense of when our body is out of balance—stress overwhelms us, aches and pains zap our energy—and Chinese medicine can help our bodies address these factors before they become more serious problems.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, including but not limited to the following:
- Arthritis: Osteo and inflammatory arthritis conditions like rheumatoid arthritis
- Autoimmune disorders
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, any repetitive stress injury
- Eye, ear, nose and throat disorders: Sinusitis, allergies, toothaches, nasal inflammation or dryness
- Gastro-intestinal problems: Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach/indigestion, colitis
- Gynecological problems: Menopause, painful periods, heavy or scanty periods, irregular cycles, PMS, endometriosis, fibroids
- Headaches: migraines, cluster headaches
- High blood pressure
- Infertility, morning sickness/pregnancy support, post-partum recovery
- Nervous system disorders: Weakness and paralysis after a stroke, Bell’s Palsy, or Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Pain: Back pain, chronic and acute pain, pain caused by trauma and internal conditions, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, TMJ
- Urogenital disorders
- Stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorderl