Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture have been used for over 5,000 years as a holistic approach to treating various illnesses and diseases of the mind, body and spirit. The focus of Chinese Medicine is to promote and maintain harmonious balance between the internal body organs and the external elements of earth, fire, wood, water and metal.
The mind, body and spirit are intimately connected. It’s a dynamic loop where emotions (anger, fear, joy, sadness, grief and worry) impact the health of your organs and vice versa.
Qi, our vital source of life/energy circulates through our body with our Blood, and when Qi becomes stagnant (through trauma), deficient (through diet and lifestyle habits) or rebels, this manifests as dysfunction.
Throughout an assessment you’ll answer a series of organ related questions. Your tongue will be analyzed and your pulse will be felt. Diagnosis is individualized based on the impaired organ system, emotional imbalance and unique symptoms presented. The treatment will be discussed with you and to your comfort level, TCM treatments include:
After collecting your health history we’ll discuss your reasons for treatment. I’ll analyze your tongue and feel your pulse to further identify which organ systems or energy channels need support or unblocking. I’ll have you lay on the treatment table in the best position suited for you. A typical treatment will include acupuncture and/or cupping.
*Other modalities may be incorporated depending on the TCM pattern you present with.
A typical acupuncture treatment will involve 10-20 needles placed into strategic points. For the following 20 minutes I will leave the room to let you rest while gentle music plays in the background.
Some patients nap, some meditate, some focus on deep breathing, regardless you’ll find yourself in the Zen Zone – a deep state of relaxation where healing occurs.
Acupuncture needles are thinner than human hair and techniques are applied to minimize discomfort. All acupuncture needles are sterile, single use and are disposed into biomedical sharps containers after use.
A typical cupping treatment will involve glass cups being suctioned over areas of discomfort to promote circulation of Qi and Blood and eliminate stagnation. An open flame is used to create the suction within the glass cup, but don’t worry you won’t feel any heat. You may be left with cupping marks (not bruises) that will subside within a couple days. Contrary to how it may appear, cupping is not painful.
All instruments used throughout treatment are washed and soaked in medical grade disinfectants after each use.