Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine is a holistic approach to health and wellness through the use of herbal medicines, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle to restore balance in your body and mind.

How does Chinese Medicine work?

Unlike Western medicine, Chinese medicine tends to address the root cause of an ailment, rather than taking the ‘one-pill-fits-all’ approach. Illnesses, both physical and mental, are approached in a holistic manner with a focus on both the treatment and the prevention of it. A Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner will use a range of therapies, from acupuncture and cupping to nutrition, lifestyle modifications, moxibustion, Gua Sha and Tuina massage, in order to achieve good health.

What is Herbal Medicine?

In Chinese medical theory, food is medicine. There are five flavors that go to specific organs to benefit their function. The tastes are bitter, sour, sweet, pungent and salty. Bitter aids the heart, sweet benefits digestion, pungent boosts the lungs, sour helps the liver and salty charms the kidneys. Herbal formulas are usually either warming, cooling, tonifying, purging, calming or invigorating.

Individual herbs are combined in order to enhance their actions and effects on the body. When combined, a unique, synergistic formula is created. This combination increases the benefits of a particular formula and minimizes any harmful side effects.

In order to create the most effective formula, the herbs are used in different quantities and for different purposes. This allows the herbalist to create a formula aimed at addressing individual needs.

What is Electro-acupuncture ("e-stim")?

Small electrical currents (millicurrent) are sometimes added to the acupuncture needles to create a pronounced effect. The sensation is typically one of “tapping,” or “pulsing” where you will feel a painless movement of the muscle near the stimulated needle. It is typically used in musculoskeletal pain or stasis of varying types. Microcurrent stimulation is effective in treating acute injuries and may also help in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety and depression. Microcurrent is similar to the body’s own electrical impulses and is generally applied with very little or without any sensation.

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is an ancient Chinese medicine technique which involves the burning of artemisia vulgaris (a.k.a. mugwort) to facilitate healing. Moxibustion is used to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of the body and maintain general health. The sensation that moxa produces is a pleasant warmth that penetrates deep into the skin. The burning of moxa is used to treat many conditions: expels cold conditions, increases circulation, stimulates menstruation, ease menstrual cramps, treat infertility, treat bronchial asthma, treat arthritis and many more. There are several different types of moxa – all of which are used depending upon various conditions (environment and patient), techniques used and the preference of the practitioner.

What is Gua Sha/Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation?

Gua Sha is a technique which involves “scraping” the skin with a smooth surface (typically a ceramic spoon, lid, coin or special tool) in areas where there is congestion or pain. It promotes healthy circulation to the area, relieves pain and tension, and restores proper function to the muscles. It is typically used in the case of the common cold, head and ear congestion and general muscle pain.

What is Cupping/Myofascial Decompression (MFD)?

Cupping is a technique that uses the application of glass cups and negative pressure to particular regions of the body. The cups may be stationary and/or sliding may be incorporated. When used for musculoskeletal conditions, it is effective in decreasing stiffness and pain, improving tissue health and increasing mobility. It can also help break up scar adhesions/tissue and mechanical connective tissue changes following inflammation or trauma. Cupping can also be used as a form of detoxification because it has been found to activate the lymphatic system and help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries. Cupping may also be used to treat respiratory conditions (common cold, bronchitis, asthma) and gastrointestinal disorders. decompression of adhesions; reducing inhibition of fluids and nutrient exchange.

What is Tui Na?

“Tui Na” literally translates to “push pull” and is a type of medical massage. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na incorporates techniques that are similar to massage, chiropractic, osteopathic and physical therapy. Tui Na uses a variety of hand techniques and passive and active stretching to correct anatomical musculoskeletal conditions, neuromuscular patterns and increase circulation at different areas of the body.