Acupuncture is the placement of very fine needles into the body at a specific location known as an acupuncture point. These points are located on the pathways known as "meridians" through which the flow of qi (energy) and blood circulates throughout our body.
There are numerous areas in our body where qi and blood may become blocked or stagnant creating an internal disharmony in which physical symptoms such as pain and disease can manifest over time. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points this unblocks the obstructions and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.
Acupuncture can be especially helpful for many chronic illnesses and health concerns that have no clear origin or cause.
TCM is considered one of the oldest medical healing systems in the world with written records dating back approximately 2500 years. TCM incorporates a broad spectrum of treatment modalities such as moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, tui na and herbology.
The framework of TCM promotes healthy lifestyle changes including nutrition and exercise like Qi Gong and Tai Chi. This system not only provides effective treatment for specific health problems once they have manifested in our body, but it can also be used effectively for preventative and general wellness of health.
Acupressure points are pressed along the meridians of the body by the practitioner using fingers and hands. Also referred to as Shiatsu.
A form of acupuncture, the insertion of needles into points of the outer ear. Smaller seeds or tacks can be also be placed in the ear and left in place for a few days at a time.
The use of round vacuum cups that suck up the superficial layers of skin to enhance blood circulation to designated areas. The cups can either remain in a fixed position or moved over a large surface area with oil massaged on the skin. This may produce a deep redness, discolouration on the skin, which may persist for a few days. These marks are not an indication of complication or injury and resolve on their own.
Chinese herbs are used to enhance the body's own restorative process. Herbs can be taken in pill or capsule form, or by boiling dried roots, bark or leaves in hot water and drinking as a tea after straining the water. The herbal teas tend to have a bitter taste.
Massage Therapy has developed into numerous styles and techniques during the many centuries that it has been practiced. The commonality of them all is to stimulate the flow of bodily fluids, lymph and blood, break up scar tissue/adhesions, dependent on the technique and depth of pressure applied to the body.
The application of indirect heat by burning the herb called Artimesiae Vulgaris, (commonly known as Mugwort) over a single acupuncture point or large surface area. This heat penetrates into the deeper muscle/fascial layer of the body creating a pleasurable warming sensation. Moxibustion has been used in China for thousands of years.
The acupuncturist manually stimulates the needle after insertion creating a strong wave of sensations both locally and distal. This technique has been found to be very effective method to break up scar tissue/adhesions post surgery, repetitive stress, athletic and other related injuries to the muscle, tissue, tendon, ligament complex.
Used in China at both hospitals and clinics, as a form of therapeutic massage. This technique can be performed without removing one's clothing.