Acupuncture is a very important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.). It dated back thousands of years ago. In T.C.M., we believe that organs and organ systems are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body functioning normally. This vital force or energy that is responsible for the human body from skin, muscles, tendons, bones to all internal organs and the mind to function normally is called "QI". Qi flows through the body via channels, or pathway, which called meridians. There is hundreds of points in the 20 meridians (12 main, 8 extra), each of which points has a different effect on the Qi passing through it. Acupuncture is by inserting very fine needles into the precise points to help regulate the balance in the body.
Gua Sha is an important technique in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. "Gua" means "to scrape", "Sha" means "sand". Hence, this name implies scraping the skin with a rounded edge of an instrument to encourage the formation of petechiae-red spots on the surface of the skin that resemble sand. This pulls away any underlying congestion out of the surface of the skin, allowing the nature flow of energy to restore itself. It is done generally on the site of congestion such as the neck, shoulders, along the spine, chest, behind the elbows and knees, between the eyebrows. Fevers, painful joints, indigestion, heat stroke, headaches, stiff neck and shoulders are all respond well to this technique. The skin will get very red where there is a congestion, and the redness may show for a few days. However, it will go away. This technique will be given with your consent.
Cupping is by using heat inside a glass or bamboo cups to create a vacuum, the vacuum inside the cup cause localized pressure, which drawing up the underlying tissues into the cups, pulling inner congestions up and out. When the cup is removed, the skin will appear reddened or bruised-like, and the color change depend on the condition. The marks will take several days to disappear. The person can notice an immediate difference, whether congestion or pain. Cupping is done over areas where there is swelling, pain or congestion, either of energy, blood or mucus. It is very effective for edema, swellings, asthma, bronchitis, dull aches and pains, arthritis, abdominal pain, indigestion, headaches, back pain, coughs from cold.
Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese taoist principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll, press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body's defensive chi (Wei Qi) and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. Techniques may be gentle or quite firm. The name comes from two of the actions: tui means "to push" and na means "to lift and squeeze." Other strokes include shaking and tapotement.
Chinese herbal medicine has been used in China for over thousands of years. It is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and widely used for almost all kinds of health condition nowadays. Chinese heral medicine comes in many forms: raw that consisting of roots, leaves, barks, fruits, seeds, shells, resins, minerals, and animal products are boiled and drank as tea, extract powder that are mixed with warm water and drank as a tea and prepared tinctures and pills and tablets. For some conditions, including pain and traumatic injury dermatologic conditions, herbs may also be prescribed for external use as soaks, washes, ointments, poultices or salves. In our office, we do not carry herb, but when needed, we prescribe herbs which you can easily get it in any herb store.