Acupuncture can shorten the duration of recovery from injury, illness, and promote healing. Acupuncture works by manipulating the qi that travels in the meridians that run throughout our body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. When there is pain, for example, it is often due to a blockage of the free flow, and acupuncture can be used to balance and correct the problem. Extremely thin, single use sterile disposable needles are used at various points on the body. Electrical stimulation can also be utilized at the acupuncture points, as well as heat, acupressure, moxibustion, and linaments.
Cupping is the application of a heated glass cup or a plastic suction creating negative pressure placed on the body . This method is prevalent across many cultures besides Chinese Medicine. Cupping is very effective for moving qi, releasing toxins, improving circulation and creating localized healing. I use stationary and/ or moving cupping depending on the condition.
Gua sha is literally scraping the skin to promote blood circulation, reduce trigger points, and to promote healing. Various tools are used, such as a ceramic soup spoon or a coin. The skin is lubricated and then pressure is applied and scraping is done with a gua sha tool.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes the prescribing of herbal formulas. These substances are primarily plants, but include some mineral and animal products. Different parts of plants such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds are used. Herbs have specific and different actions and usages, and when combined in a formula provide powerful results. These are given as teas, capsules, tinctures, or powders.
The ear is a microcosm of the body. Specific points on the ear reflect the anatomical body and processes. I will use needles or place ‘ear seeds’ on precise ear points to enhance treatment effects.