Oriental Medicine encompasses a variety of powerful and effective healthcare therapies.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are acupuncture points on the body connected by pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists insert very thin sterilized stainless steel needles into the skin at specific acupuncture points to stimulate the Qi and produce a biochemical healing response.
Electrodes are clipped to the acupuncture needles and a very low current is passed through the needles to stimulate the body.
Chinese herbal medicine utilizes natural substances such as leaves, roots, bark, flowers, fruit and minerals. In TCM, Chinese herbs are usually administered as a formula to balance the patient's energy.
Tuina (pronounced twee-NAH) is a Chinese style of massage that forms the basis of Chinese physical therapy. Tuina is used in Chinese hospitals to increase circulation and temperature, to relieve muscle spasms, promote tissue recovery and separate adhesions. Tuina is also used to re-align bones, correct subluxations and to move stagnant energy.
Foot Reflexology is an applied pressure therapy that involves stimulating reflex points that are located on the foot. These foot reflex points correspond to specific areas of the body and when used singly or in combination, produce therapeutic benefits.
An external heat therapy using the herb Aiye (mugwort), which is used to heat and tonify the body.
GUA SHA and CUPPING
Gua Sha involves stimulation of the skin by scraping it with a broad, flat instrument, increasing qi and blood flow to the area. Cupping is a suction therapy used to draw out pathogens and increase qi and blood flow to an area.
Qigong is a meditative exercise that focuses the mind to move Qi in the body through slow movements, standing and sitting postures and meditation. Qigong has a history that spans thousands of years in China. It is based on traditional Chinese medical principles for treating body, mind and spirit, which promote good health by balancing one’s Qi. Qi is translated as the vital energy in the body, while gong means work or discipline. Therefore, Qigong is the practice of working with one’s Qi.
Reiki, pronounced ‘ray key’ means Universal Life Energy. Reiki is an ancient healing system rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui, involving the laying-on of hands. Universal Energy is channeled through a Reiki practitioner who has received attunements from a Reiki Master. These attunements enable one to pass on healing to self and others.