About Traditional Chinese Medicine

Each treatment is tailor-made for you! Depending on your TCM diagnosis, one or more of the following may be applied during your treatment:

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is performed by inserting sterile, stainless steel needles, thin as a human hair, into specific points along the body.  All needles are used once and then disposed.  After the needles are inserted, most patients feel a warm or heavy sensation at the needle site.

Oriental medicine (herbal remedies)

There are many forms of herbal remedies, including loose herbs, powders, teapills, tinctures, and topicals.  These herbal remedies are combined in complex formulas for an individual’s condition, not just a specific symptom.  Patients rarely suffer side effects from these well balanced formulas. 

Moxibustion 

Moxa, for short, is made from the Mugwort herb (Artemisia vulgaris).  It is burned to transmit heat and energy into a specific acupuncture point or along a channel.   

Cupping  

In this technique, glass jars are used to create a vacuum.  They are placed on either a specific point or moved along a channel for a short time.

Gua sha  

Gua means to scrape or rub, and sha means a reddish, elevated skin rash.  In this technique, a gua sha tool is rubbed against the skin to create sha. 

Tui na  

Tui na is an Oriental form of massage. It allows the practitioner to affect a whole channel of energy rather than just a single point.

Nutrition  

The principles of Eastern nutrition are used to support the body’s function.  If necessary, dietary modifications will be recommended.

Qi gong and tai ji (movement exercises)

Breathing is essential to our daily life.  These exercises combine movement and breath to help us draw in qi and circulate it through our bodies.