Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic medicine, taking into consideration all aspects of health: mental-emotional, physical, spiritual and environmental.
Before treatment begins we will discuss your health history and overall state of health - taking into consideration such things as digestion, body temperature, energy levels, mood, sleep patterns, and any current health concerns. To arrive at a TCM diagnosis I will look at your tongue (surprisingly a large amount of information can be discovered this way!) and take your pulse. Next we will proceed with an agreed upon treatment plan based on your TCM diagnosis that will include one or more of the following treatment tools:
The insertion and manipulation of extremely thin, single-use, sterile acupuncture needles into points on the body to produce a specific therapeutic effect.
Combinations of medicinal herbs and minerals chosen through careful TCM diagnosis. Herbal formulas are often available in tablets or they can be customized in granule powder form. This powder is from dehydrated herbal decoctions and is dissolved in water before drinking.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine each and every food has a specific action on organs and overall functioning of the body. For example, apples moisten the Lungs and clear heat; they can be useful in treating dry cough, but if eaten raw in abundance they may weaken 'digestive fire' and cause symptoms such as bloating. Through analysis of a patient’s current diet and health condition, a workable and sustainable food plan can be created that decreases illness and optimizes vitality.
Also referred to as 'Moxa', it is the burning of the aged herb Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) to create a therapeutic heat. Often in a stick form held over specific meridian points. Commonly used to treat pain, digestive disorders and dispel coldness from the body.
The passage of a ‘Gua Sha tool’ (often made from jade) gently over the surface of the skin with oil as a medium to release tight muscles and increase blood circulation.
The use of heat to create suction within a glass cup that is placed on the skin. This creates a “reverse massage” and is helpful in treating tight muscles as well as relieving symptoms from early stage common cold.
Small vaccaria seeds on a piece of hypoallergenic surgical adhesive tape. The ear seeds are placed over specific points on the ear and when gently pressed elicit a therapeutic effect. They are commonly used for insomnia, stress, anxiety and pain. You can leave ear seeds on for up to a week, they are a great way to extend therapeutic benefits between treatments.
The amount and frequency of recommended treatments is unique for each individual and will be discussed after the initial assessment and treatment.
Initial acupuncture treatments usually last 75-90 minutes and follow up treatments are 60 minutes.
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Photos courtesy of Bob Wong, Art of Acupuncture