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Acupuncture,
Cupping &
Traditional Chinese Medicine

Treatment modalities that date back over two thousand years! 

acupuncture

Acupuncture is used to work on the bioelectricity of the body, the meridian system. The meridian system operates as a highway of energy. Qi (or Chi) flows to the various organs of the body enabling the body to function. Acupuncture can balance the body’s bioelectrical system. If the electrical energy flow, called the life force, Qi, is impaired, symptoms of illness will be experienced by the patient. Acupuncture possesses the unique ability to correct an impaired flow of electrical energy accounting for symptoms suffered. 

For some problems, the use of drugs is unsatisfactory. Drugs may work in some aspects of the illness, but the side effects are common and can be harmful. Since many symptoms are due to an impairment of electrical energy flow. These kinds of illnesses cannot be corrected by either physical or psychological means.

Acupuncture can treat the following symptoms; various skin ailments, insomnia, dizziness, nervous tension, dry or tired eyes, poor vision, excessive body perspiration, asthma, sinus trouble, numbness and/or weakness of the arm, hand, finger or leg, constipation, poor stomach or gallbladder digestion with belching or gassiness, edema of the ankles, falling hair with baldness, lack of vitality, infertility, menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms, urinary frequency, high blood pressure and more. 

cupping

Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.

Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the 'Meridians' of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.

Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available. Cupping, the technique, is very useful and very safe and can be easily learned and incorporated into your family health practices.

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traditional chinese medicine

In TCM theory, the human body is an energetic system in which energy (QI) flows along defined pathways (meridians) throughout the body. When the body is in harmony and balance, the flow is smooth. An imbalance disrupts the flow of QI and manifests as pain, dysfunction, injury, disease and/or disorders. Acupuncture is a therapy used to restore the flow of Qi to promote health and balance.

The theories of Yin and Yang, the Five Elements and Qi provide the framework for the fundamental understanding of human health and illness and for the use of needle acupuncture, herbology, moxibustion, cupping, acupressure and other TCM modalities. The main emphasis is prevention of illness by maintaining the balance of harmony within.

Proper diagnosis in accordance with TCM theories is critical for planning and carrying out effective treatment with TCM & acupuncture techniques. By correctly identifying the pattern of the disorder according to TCM and by applying the appropriate treatment to correct imbalance, the TCM Practitioner and Acupuncturist help the patient to regain health and balance naturally. The TCM Practitioner and Acupuncturist may combine treatment with other TCM modalities such as the ingestion and topical use of herbs, dietary considerations and cultivation of a positive life philosophy and life style to enhance vitality.

Chinese herbal medicine is part of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. Herbs are prescribed to restore energy balance to the opposing forces of energy - Yin and Yang - that run through invisible channels in the body. Herbs can act on the body as powerfully as pharmaceutical drugs and should be treated with the same caution and respect.

Chinese herbal medicines are mainly plant based, but some preparations include minerals or animal products. They can be packaged as powders, pastes, lotions or tablets, depending on the herb and its intended use. Different herbs have different properties and can balance particular parts of the body. Prescribing a particular herb or concoction of herbs means the practitioner’s diagnosis has to take into account the state of the patient’s Yin and Yang, and the elements that are governing the affected organs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic approach that seeks to understand the root cause of disease and how to mitigate it using natural modalities and herbal tinctures that have been used for many years. 

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Client Testimonial

"May is wonderful! She goes above and beyond her call of duty. She's knowledgeable, professional and extremely caring! I started bringing my daughters to see her over 2 years ago. They were constantly being put on puffers and other strong meds. Since our first visit with May, they haven't needed any of them. We thank you for everything you've done and still do for us!"

- L. B.