TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) foundations of belief are thousands of years old, they are based on the theory of meridians that connect the whole body. A TCM diagnosis is inclusive of all of the presenting symptoms and draws a conclusion that explains them all. It is constructed around the belief that Qi and vital energy surround all things, and that disease or illness are the result of blockages and imbalances in this energy. Acupuncture needles trigger the brain to desist a stress response and focuses it's energy on healing areas that are highlighted in treatment. This all encompassing approach to disease allows a well-rounded and subtle rehabilitation that comes naturally to the human body.
Common Modalities used in treatment are acupuncture, moxibustion (warming therapy), slide cupping techniques, herbal prescriptions, diet therapy, Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
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Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, is founded in ancient systems theory, clinician experience and intuition. It is used to resume normal balance to the whole body. The balance of yin and yang, masculine and feminine, thought and emotion, hot and cold, internal and external, as well as wake and sleep cycles.
This practice uses thin needles, tapped into the skin at specific points along a meridian line. This is done to influence circulation and hormones. These maridians are highways of neurological information which directly stimulate the brain to heal the body.
This process treats a wide tange of conidtion not limited to but including:
- Nasal congestion
- General treatments of colds and flus
- Menstral cramping
- Raynauds (cold extremities)
Quite often Chinese herbs are recommended in conjunction with other modalities such as cupping, heat and massage to encourage faster rehabilitation.
This is called Chinese fire cupping. This is done when a vacuum is created using a flame to remove the oxygen from the inside of the glass cups. The cups are then placed on the surface of the body and either left for a period of time time or dragged along the body, to free up stiffness. This form of cupping also helps with lymphatic drainage and removal of waste from the body.
It is sometimes used in conjunction with theraputic cupping, which uses soft silicone cups to alleviate tention and stiffness.