Acupuncture Chinese Herbs Cupping Gua Sha Tuina & Acupressure Rates
Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive health care system that uses acupuncture and Chinese Herbs to balance the body and foster an ultimate state of health. Our bodies mainly consist of water and energy. Within each person are pathways in which the energy (called qi) of our body flows. Much like the messenger pathways of our nervous and circulatory systems, these meridians act as conduits for energetic passage. With the use of hair thin acupuncture needles on specific anatomical points, a licensed acupuncturist can make subtle adjustments to the flow of these meridians and alter the imbalances to promote a state of health. When there is proper flow of qi and blood in the body the natural state of health can flourish.
Chinese Herbs have been studied and formulated for over a millennia and are the most complex, yet effective way to utilize plant or botanical medicine to achieve results. Herbs are prescribed in formulas that are specifically designed to suit each individual. The benefits of including herbs in a treatment plan are numerous. Often they can nourish the body and mind for those that are more depleted. Additionally they can calm, support and enhance the body to work in the most efficient and effective manner.
Choosing the most efficacious and high quality herbs is paramount to any treatment plan. You can feel confident that the herbs used in my practice have undergone rigorous quality control and strict scientific processing methods. I bring the highest quality herbs to my patients, often sourcing sulphur-free, non-genetically modified and organic plant materials.
Cupping has become popularized in the media due to the marks seen on several celebrities. Much like all of Chinese Medicine, it has been around for thousands of years and has played a role in many medical histories of different cultural origins. It has remained due to its ability to address several key ailments. Commonly it is used for pain management and respiratory disorders. Cupping is the placement of specially designed glass cups in an inverted position over certain areas of the body with the use of vacuum pressure. While this procedure does leave marks for several days, it can often provide immediate relief for many conditions and is a great and often under-utilized component of Eastern Medicine.
Gua Sha is another way of breaking up blockages in the body by the use of a 'scraping' technique that has its roots in Chinese Medicine. It's benefits are many; it is often used for painful muscular spasms. Additionally, it is used to surface impurities that may be dormant in the body. Commonly a soft edged implement is used and is gently rubbed against the skin. Areas of concern are quickly seen by the practitioner. Results can often be immediate. It is a bodywork or massage technique that can work superficially while having strong effects on the deeper tissue layers providing lasting results. This technique will also cause a short term reddening or bruising to the skin. While it is not painful, it is not pretty! We suggest that you consider gua sha as long as the skin will not be exposed for special events etc. within a week's time.
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These manual hand techniques also release blockages and tension in the body. This improves circulation and muscle tone offering great therapeutic value. Both invigorating and relaxing, these non-invasive techniques can alleviate stress and reduce pain and stiffness.
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