Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine includes several modalities used to bring the body back into homeostasis and restore health. Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of fine acupuncture needles into various areas of the body. Acupuncture can help to restore balance in the mind and body, stimulating or tonifying Qi and blood and unblocking meridians. Cupping is the use of glass fire or vacuum cups that are placed onto the body to help move stagnation assisting with pain management and clearing heat and toxins.
Moxibustion is the use of a herb we call Ai Ye or Mugwart that we burn directly onto acupuncture points or on top of acupuncture needles to warm the meridians and tonify the body. Gua Sha is a scraping technique using a Gua Sha tool that assists in clearing heat, and moving stagnation. These are all techniques that a Chinese medicine practitioner has available to use when each one is appropriate during treatments.
Chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat illness and disease and promote wellness. Herbs have properties that can clear pathogens, viruses and bacteria, they can also support and enhance immune responses, regulate blood, and nourish the bodies own mechanisms to create Qi and vital substances. Herbal medicine is often used in conjunction with acupuncture and is a part of the TCM skill set. Herbs are available in powders, tinctures, pills and raw medicines that require cooking.