A small sampling of the treatments that we offer.
Chinese medicine is a 2500+ year old medical practice that treats illness by inserting filiform (solid) needles into the body to correct the flow of Qi. It also uses medicinal herbs to support the bodies constitution and eliminate pathogenic influences.
Unlike other medical practices that simply treat the disease, traditional Chinese medicine treats the entire person. It does this by considering your body as a whole. That means that your unique history, body type, emotional landscape, diet, exercise routines, sleep habits, and bowel movements all tell a story about what is happening in your body. When there is disease or pain we know that something is not working correctly.
Acupuncture is the use of fine sterile needles to engage with the bodies Qi. Qi is not exactly easy to define. It is the non-stuff of the body that is responsible for moving and being the intermediary of the bodies substances(i.e. fluids, tissues, and senses.) When Qi is flowing properly in the body you feel energized, your digestion is smooth, your emotions are stable, and there is a general sense of well being. If your Qi is weak or blocked a myriad of illnesses can arise.
These illnesses can take many forms for people. This is why I focus on every individual and their symptoms. Using traditional diagnostics, I look at you as a whole person. Then together we develop a treatment plan to get you back to feeling your best.
If needles are not your thing, don’t worry. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers many tools to work with your body and help create a trajectory towards overall well being.
Chinese Herbal Medicines are used to strengthen, build, and support the body or to clear it of excesses. Ancient herbal information was gathered, compiled, formulated, tested, and handed down from generation to generation. That ancient knowledge has been combined with the latest pharmacological and clinical research to ensure its safety and efficacy. As such, practitioners of Chinese medicine continue to prescribe herbal formulas because they work extremely well.
Individual herbs are combined in order to enhance their actions and effects upon the body. When combined, a unique synergistic formula is created. This combination increases the benefits of a particular formula, and minimizes any harmful side effects. The art and skill of creating a formula lies within choosing the precise and most effective herbs that target an individuals disharmony. It is important to work with a qualified herbalist who can prescribe the correct formula, monitor progress and adjust it as needed. In order to create the most effective formula the herbs are used in different quantities and for different purposes. This allows the me to create a formula aimed at addressing your needs.
Tui-Na Chinese Medical Massage and Cupping
Tui-Na literally translates to push-grasp. It is the massage technique to help move and circulate Qi in the body. Tui-Na is particularly helpful with musculoskeletal issues and is usually used in conjunction with acupuncture.
Cupping is the use of glass suction cups to move qi and blood that is stuck in the surface layer of the body. Although it can leave ‘bruises’, the technique itself is often relaxing and feels very releasing.