Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a valuable, rich, lengthy, and extensive treatment history. Within it are thousands of years of development and research which we benefit from greatly today. There are many methods of treatment within TCM including but not limited to: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, cupping, and Tui Na (body work), and moxibustion.
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points. The needles are either then left to passively augment Qi flow or technique is applied to the needle to actively adjust the flow of Qi. Sensations that may accompany the insertion of needles are heat, fullness, tingling, or movement.
The Defining virtue of Acupuncture is that points are selected on an individual basis and may even change from visit to visit as symptoms change and improve.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which special cups are put on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. The suction pulls the body tissues apart to allow better blood flow and to break up tension. Cupping is very good for pain and tension, but can also be used effectively to treat colds and flus.
As opposed to some forms of herbalism and western medicine, Chinese herbs are often used in formulas instead of being used individually in larger doses. Formulas allow you to mix herbs to enhance their positive effects and reduce or eliminate any negative side effects they may have.
The benefit of this herbal practice, as with acupuncture, is that it allows practitioners to compound formulas to match each patient. Instead of having a standard formula for a particular condition you can increase the clinical effectiveness of the herbs through this tailoring. This ideally means faster results with less side-effects.
The main style of body work that is learned and practiced by acupuncturists is Tui Na. The different hand movements of Tui Na are designed to generate specific effects in a persons Qi, such as gathering, dispersing, penetrating. This allows an acupuncturist to facilitate healing by affecting Qi in the way that is most needed.
Yin Style Ba Gua
Yin Style Ba Gua is a broad school of practice that contains medical and well as martial practices. Within the medical practices are techniques for manipulating Qi. The movements tend to be slow and steady as opposed to Tui Na which are often done quickly. We use a combination of Yin Style Ba Gua and Tui Na when doing body work.