What we eat on a daily basis has a profound influence on our health. Nutrition is one of the major foundations of Chinese medicine and is crucial to our ability to heal. Our practitioners will give dietary counseling that is based in the theories of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as modern research. We will suggest certain foods to implement into your diet that are specific for your patterns of imbalances, as well as your unique constitution and lifestyle.
Tui Na Acupressure Massage
During your acupuncture visit, you may receive tui na for a few minutes before or after acupuncture in order to support the effectiveness of the treatment.
Tui Na is a powerful form of medical massage based on the same traditional Chinese medical principles as acupuncture. Tui Na, which literally means “pushing, grasping,” involves manual techniques such as brushing, kneading, roll/pressing, traction, range of motion, and rubbing along the affected meridians to improve the circulation of qi and blood in the meridians and muscles.
Tui Na is particularly effective in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, such as structural misalignments and sports injuries, as well as internal diseases.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy that uses the herb mugwort (i.e., ‘moxa’) which is rolled into a tube-like shape and held over acupoints, or placed on the tops of acupuncture needles, and lit to warm the channels in the body, promoting the flow of qi and strengthening the blood.
Combined with traditional acupuncture, moxibustion has been found to be very helpful in the treatment of digestive disorders, arthritis, gynecological disorders, internal bleeding, turning breech babies before term, and many other conditions.
Cupping is a painless technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup. The cup may either be left in place or moved along the body.
Cupping increases circulation to the area and there by reduces pain and improves blood flow. Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of tissue.