Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of health and wellness that has been used in China for thousands of years. It focuses on the harmony, balance and energy of your entire well being. Qi (pronounced chi) – is the life energy that flows through the body. Qi is always moving and is always changing. If Qi doesn’t flow, pain results. TCM acupuncture treatments focus on maintaining the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body, balancing the body to its normal state, also known as homeostasis. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is based on a TCM diagnosis. It views each person as a unique individual. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the free flow of Qi, to allow the body to heal itself and rebalance those areas that are not harmonized. This flow of Qi travels through specific pathways in the body, and keeps the body harmonized. Occasionally the flow of Qi is blocked, leading to pain, illness or lack of function. There are over 500 acupuncture points on the body that connect these pathways to muscles, tendons, tissues and organs.
Cupping is a modality that involves the suction of the skin and superficial muscle layer to be drawn into a cup. This is used is used to decrease swelling, stop pain, and to promote the circulation of blood and Qi. The cups may be moved with a gliding technique or they may be positioned in one place for a few minutes. Of note, cupping should never hurt. The marks caused by the cups, although they may look like bruises, are not caused by trauma to the skin, therefore no residual pain is present. However, the change in colour is caused by the toxins in the body and these marks can last for several days. It is important to drink plenty of water after cupping therapy to help flush out the excess toxins. Cupping can be used as a treatment for abdominal pain, joint pain, soft tissue injury, common cold, cough, asthma, digestive disorders, absent or irregular menstruation, vertigo, and insect bites.
This is a type of Chinese Medicine that involves the burning of moxa (mugwort leaves) to apply heat to specific acupuncture points. It is used in the treatment of “cold” diseases, and is effective in treating pain, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome and turning a breech baby.
This is a therapeutic form of acupuncture, where a small amount of electrical charge is applied to acupuncture needles that are already in position. It combines the stimulation of both needling and electricity. Electro Acupuncture is used on injuries to muscles, ligaments and joints. Electro Acupuncture has an analgesic and tranquilizing effect and promotes the circulation of blood and Qi while also regulating muscle tone
Auricular acupuncture is an alternative diagnostic method and treatment, where specific points on the ear are stimulated to promote healing in other parts of the body. It is able to help with chronic and acute pain, migraines, anxiety, insomnia and depression. This modality is also used in treating digestive issues, obesity, allergies, mood and emotional disorders.
Tuina & Gua Sha
Tuina is a therapeutic massage based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theories. It involves stimulation of specific points of the body, by rolling, gliding, kneading, pressing, pulling, chopping and vibrating. The main difference is that acupuncture uses needles whereas tuina is massaging. This technique is used for repairing tissues and organs, promoting the circulation of Qi and blood, regulating the internal organs and balancing Yin and Yang. Gua Sha is a technique that uses a smooth edged tool, rubbed against the skin in long strokes and in a single direction. When done correctly it should not hurt but minor bruising does result. It is used to treat muscle pain, tension and promotes the circulation of Qi and blood.
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