Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine

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What is Acupuncture? 

Acupuncture operates on the principle that Qi (energy) flows through the body along pathways known as meridians.  When Qi is blocked, the resulting imbalance causes disease and pain.  Needles placed in specific points along the meridians release Qi, allowing the body to heal and reduce pain.


What will the needles feel like?  The sensation is nothing like an ordinary injection, in most cases you will not even know the needles are in place; in others you may feel tingling, warmth or heaviness.  Most people find the treatments relaxing and some even fall asleep.


Is Acupuncture safe?  When preformed by a trained Licensed Professional, Acupuncture is safe.  Individually packaged, sterile, disposable needles are used.  All precautionary measures are taken, ensuring there is virtually no chance of infection or contamination.


What can Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treat?  The World Health Organization recognizes Acupunctures’ effectiveness for over 40 common disorders, including:


            Ear nose and throat:  Tooth aches, Ear aches, Sinusitis, Rhinitis,



            Respiratory:  Colds, Flu’s, Bronchitis, Asthma, Allergies, Emphysema


            Gastrointestinal:  Food Allergies, Nausea, Indigestion, Diarrhea,

            Constipation, Ulcers, Colitis


            Urogential:  Cystitis, Stress Incontinence, Bed Wetting,

            Bladder infections, Prostitis, Prostatic Hypertrophy


            Musculo-Skeletal:  Tennis Elbow, Frozen Shoulder, TMJ, Sciatica, Low

            Back Pain, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Headaches, Fibromyalgia


            Psycho-Emotional and Neurological:  Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia,

            Headaches, Migraines, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Intercostal Neuralgia,

            Post-Stroke Paralysis, Dizziness, Tinnitus



What is Cupping? 

Cupping regulates the flow of Qi and blood in the meridian system.  A vacuum is created between a glass jar and the skin.  This is done by briefly introducing a flame into the cup and then placing the heated cup on the skin.


The cup may be stationary or may be slid up, down and around the area of pain or disease.  Cupping draws attention to the diseased area and enables the natural healing process.


Cupping is suitable for the treatment of aches and pains, digestive diseases, circulatory and respiratory disorders, skin conditions, facial paralysis, muscle weakness, high blood pressure and common colds.


What should I expect after a Cupping treatment?  Following the treatment, there is a short period of tenderness that decreases and disappears within a couple of days.


There may also be “cupping marks” on the skin; this is normal.  There is no damage done to the skin or its structures, it is only a discoloration and is not painful.



What is Moxibustion? 

Moxibustion is a method used in TCM to stimulate acupuncture points with heat using a compressed stick of Mugwort and heat. 



Traditional Chinese Herbs:

Chinese herbs are a great way to enhance any acupuncture treatment.  They are also effective when used as a single therapy and are greatly encouraged.  Chinese herbs are prescribed by a DTCM according to the individual are are virtually without negative side effects.



Auricular Therapy: 

This can also be used in combination with acupuncture, or as a stand alone treatment.  Seeds are placed on specific points of the ear and pressure is applied at intervals throughout the day.  This lengthens treatment effects and also allows self treatment.


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