Acupuncture consists of the insertion of fine, hair-thin needles along the body’s energetic pathways, or meridians. These meridians cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels. These needles are much thinner than vaccination needles, and are not hollow. Acupuncture points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years, and there are more than a thousand known acupoints. Western research has confirmed the existence of these points as areas of the body containing high electromagnetic flow. Disease is the result of a blockage of energy flow, or an imbalance of energy flow. Acupuncture adjusts the flow of energy, known as “qi” (chee), leading it to areas where it is insufficient and draining it from areas where it is stuck or overabundant.
Full-body acupuncture treatments can take from 30 to 60 minutes, with the patient lying comfortably on a massage table. The first appointment will take longer, as a complete consultation is necessary for proper diagnosis.
Medical qigong therapy is one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese medicine, and it is the energetic foundation upon which the other branches are based. “Qi” means life force energy, and “gong” means skill. Medical qigong is the skillful practice of gathering, circulating, and applying life force energy to promote health and healing. This treatment modality has been successfully used in hospitals throughout China for hundreds of years.
Disruptions in the electromagnetic energy of the body occur throughout our lifetime as a result of poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, emotional and physical trauma, and environmental toxins. Medical qigong treatments correct bio-energetic imbalances and blockages that lead to pain and/or illness. The treatments stimulate the body’s healing potential and help strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous system and the immune system. Medical qigong therapy is particularly effective in facilitating the release of suppressed emotions that have become toxic to the body’s tissues. The treatments consist of specific techniques that use the knowledge of the body’s internal and external energy fields to purge, strengthen, and balance the body’s energy flow.
Medical qigong therapy is commonly used to treat people with cancer and the side-effects from chemotherapy and radiation, as well as chronic pain, neurological disorders, stroke, depression, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, as well as a host of other imbalances.
Herbal medicine is a proven and effective method for strengthening, purging or regulating the energy of the body. A custom herbal formulary is prescribed and prepared based on your diagnosis during your initial consultation and is modified as treatment continues and symptoms change. Licensed Acupuncturists are required to maintain extensive knowledge of the interaction of herbs and western pharmaceutical medication. Herbal medicine corrects and maintains the energetic balance of the body and works in conjunction with regular acupuncture treatments.
Cupping is known to draw out toxins and purify the body. Some theorize that cupping promotes health by facilitating the removal of toxins. The cupping action draws toxins to the surface of the skin where the immune system is better able to eliminate them. Cupping helps reset the fascia that lies under the muscle and helps keep the shape of the muscle. Tension and stagnation can alter the tone of the muscle and fascia and create “knots” and trigger points. Cupping helps disperse this stagnation.