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ACUPUNCTURE

Several thousand years ago Asian physicians discovered that chi, the vital force, circulates throughout the body along fourteen major channels, twelve of which are duplicated on the left and right sides of the body. The two other major channels are located in the center of the body, one in the front, the other in the back. And there are a number of so-called Extra Channels and Miscellaneous Channels throughout the body. 14 major energy channels called meridians course through the human body including the head, arms, hands, legs, feet, torso, and internal orgnas.

A subtle energy called Chi circulates via the meridians to all parts of the body, even the most remote cells.

Chi is the vital force, the presence of which separates the living from the dead. Its balanced, unimpeded flow is critical to sound health.

Any misdirection, blockage, or other derangement of the amount, flow, or balance of Chi may result in pain, dysfunction, and ill health.

With acupuncture needles, or other means, the acupuncturist stimulates certain points(acupoints) along the course of the meridians. Such stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of Chi so organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony as intended. This sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.

HERBAL MEDICINE

In the course of your treatment Asian herbal remedies may be prescribed. They may be dispensed as raw herbs or in pills, capsules, granules, or tinctures which make them easier to ingest. Most herbal formulas can treat a wide variety of symptoms while stimulating the body’s natural healing process.

In California, acupuncturists are the only licensed health care professional who are required to be trained and tested for competency in prescribing herbal medicine. California-approved acupuncture schools offer a minimum of 450 classroom hours of instruction in traditional Oriental herbology in addition to clinical training.

Asian herbal medicine has been practiced safely and effectively for centuries and has the greatest potential for beneficial results when prescribed by a trained professional who recognizes the benefits and risks.

CUPPING

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, including:

  • Glass

  • Bamboo

  • Earthenware

The suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.

Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

But a 2012 study published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that cupping therapy may have more than a placebo effect. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping therapy published between 1992 and 2010. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when combined with other treatments like acupuncture or medications in treating various diseases and conditions,  such as: Herpes zoster, Acne, Facial paralysis, Cervical spondylosis

TUINA

Tuina applies the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. Sometimes called pressure acupuncture, Tuina is often thought of as simply acupuncture without the needles. The goal of Tuina or other types of Asian bodywork is to restore health and balance to the body’s channels of energy and to regulate opposing forces of yin(negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Tuina treats not only the energy fields and body but also the mind, emotions, and spirit. Some even believe that therapists can transmit the vital energy (external qi) to another person. 

Most people try Tuina for a specific ailment. Some of the more common ailments are:
  • nausea and vomiting during pregnancy/ morning sickness

  • motion sickness

  • nausea after surgery

  • nausea due to chemotherapy

  • cancer-related fatigue

  • headache

  • menstrual cramps

  • muscle tension and pain

TUINA