What We Do
Traditional Chinese Medicine, or “TCM,” is an ancient healing system with the strength to address complex 21st century illness. It is based on the idea that Qi (vital energy) flows through the body, regulating health and well-being. TCM returns the body to health by correcting energetic imbalances that result from internal and external causes.
Chinese medicine understands that states of health and disease are unique to each person, and thus uses an individual approach to treating each person and each disease. With this individual approach, TCM can treat a wide variety of conditions effectively and safely. It is great at relieving all types of pain, but it can address many different health problems as well. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have ancient roots, but
Your first visit with an acupuncturist/herbalist will consist of a comprehensive intake that explores your health from many different angles. After uncovering the root of your problem, the acupuncturist inserts sterile, hair-thin, single-use needles into various places throughout the body to resolve imbalances and restore health. Your first session will last about 1.5 hours, with follow-ups lasting about 1 hour.
Sterile, disposable, hair-thin needles are inserted at specific locations throughout the body to resolve imbalances and restore health.
Special herbs are burned at various points on the body, either on the head of the needle or with a moxa pole, to further stimulate and support the energy in that area.
Small electrodes are attached to acupuncture needles to provide gentle stimulation to particular acupuncture points (similar to a TENS machine).
A therapeutic massage technique using a Chinese soup spoon that is strongly stimulating and moving. Gua Sha is particularly helpful to relieve tension in tight muscles.
Another powerful technique to address stubborn pain conditions, similar to those addressed by Gua Sha.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Individualized herbal prescriptions are created for each patient to address their unique health makeup.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing system from China in which thin needles are inserted into the body to restore balance and health. The underlying philosophy for acupuncture is that vital energy (or “Qi”) flows throughout the body. Disease can arise when the Qi gets out of balance. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of Qi, thus restoring health and well-being.
Chinese herbal medicine, as prescribed by a trained herbalist, operates on the same Qi theory, and often has a profound effect on one’s health. Combining acupuncture and Chinese herbs can often produce even greater improvements in one’s health.
Since Chinese medicine takes a more holistic approach to the body, it is also useful as a preventative therapy. We all have a sense of when our body is out of balance—stress overwhelms us, aches and pains zap our energy—and Chinese medicine can help our bodies address these factors before they become more serious problems.