Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine in Del Mar CA

Chinese Medicine is a holistic approach to health and wellness. It involves the use of herbal medicines, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle recommendations, and other treatments to help 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 Moxibustion Therapy?

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to promote healing with acupuncture. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate blood flow and maintain general health.

What is Gua Sha?

Gua sha is a natural, ancient therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation, some of you may know it nowadays as “Graston” technique.

Gua sha is the practice of using a tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin to relieve pain and tension. This action causes light bruising, which often appears as purple or red spots known as petechiae or sha.

Modern research has shown that Gua sha can produce an anti-inflammatory effect that persists for days. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc. and why it’s effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis. More information can be found on

What is Cupping Therapy?

Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area.
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