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Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine considers the body as one unit. The body functions are carried out by Chi (functional activity of the body), and Blood (including all body fluids). The Chi and Blood nourish and fill the organs, bones, and muscles. All of the body organs’ physical functions and pathological changes are understood, interpreted in terms of Five Elements (Five organs) and meridians and related points. For example the kidney system belongs to the water element, including the kidney organ, the sense of hearing, the emotion of frightened, dominating bone in general, and its physical region of meridian is a portion of the inner leg beginning at the bottom of the feet and extending along the leg to the abdomen.   Five elements –organs theories and corresponding meridians and their points, with numerous specific interconnections and relationships that define the function and health of the human body. The free flow of Chi throughout the body produces balanced energy and good health.  When the body gets ill, the Chi (energy flow) in meridian will be blocked. By inserting needles to the specific points of the body, acupuncture is able to stimulate and balance the energy flow, harmonize the disharmony of the organs, restore the flow of Chi throughout your body to treat diseases and obtain the optimal health.

Herbs are an important part of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.  Depend on individual conditions, herbs need to be combined differently as herbal formulas. Herbal formulas have synergistic combinations of active ingredients to produce a powerful treatment effect, while other herbs in the formula to eliminate and correct the adverse effect .  Therefore a balanced formula has only little to no adverse effects. A good herbal formula will treat several symptoms at once because it is for each unique person and their specific condition. Chinese herbs can treat a wide variety of diseases including for some patients who want to avoid or get off of prescription medication.  Comparing harsh synthetic medications, Chinese herbs only have little or no adverse effect.  When combined with Acupuncture, it can significantly increase the overall effectiveness of the treatments .It is highly recommended to take herbs in addition to the acupuncture treatment. 

Herbal treatment also can be used by itself without acupuncture.  Especially for children, we use herbs exclusively.

The herbs that we use in the clinic are American manufactured and double laboratory tested for safety and potency. Most of the herbs are available in capsule, pill or powder form.  

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Dietary Therapy

Dietary therapy is part of a treatment modality for prevention and treatment of the diseases.  You are what you eat and what you eat affects how you feel and how your body works.  What you eat can have a dramatic effect on your health, just like acupuncture.   For example, patients who eat too much dairy products will cause body producing more mucus, non-substantial phlegm which related recurrent sinus infection and allergies.  Eating foods that are fresh and in season , eating food in rainbow (different colors foods) and mindful eating play an important role towards body healing and disease prevention.

Cupping therapy is commonly used for tight muscles, especially the entire back and shoulder area.  The blood circulation is stagnated in these tight muscle areas and causes toxin (inflammation) accumulation.  The cupping facilitates and promotes circulation, speeds up the detoxification process. After cupping, purple or other discolorations of the skin can appear in the circular shapes of the cups.  The discoloration can be caused by the toxins coming to the surface and usually go away within 24 – 48 hours.  Cupping therapy is also used for loosening up mucus, dislodging phlegm by cupping on the upper back for patients who have profuse phlegm and mucus. 

Herbal treatment also can be used by itself without acupuncture.  Especially for children, we use herbs exclusively.

The herbs that we use in the clinic are American manufactured and double laboratory tested for safety and potency. Most of the herbs are available in capsule, pill or powder form.  

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Cupping

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Gua Sha

Gua Sha is the treatment to scrap the skin with a special tool (piece of board with smooth surface, sometimes referred to as “spooning”) to produce stimulation for  the release of toxins, similar to cupping, gua sha can releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing.  It feels very similar to deep tissue massage.

Tui Na therapy plays an important role in the fields of diseases treatment, rehabilitation and health preservation. Through various manipulation techniques like rolling, one-finger pushing, grasping,  kneading, scrubbing, pressing, shaking and striking etc,  tui na can be applied  to numerous musculoskeletal disorders include neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, back pain,  sciatica pain, knee pain, arthritis, acute or chronic injuries. Tui na is also used for other system disorders including sinusitis, insomnia, anxiety, etc.

Herbal treatment also can be used by itself without acupuncture.  Especially for children, we use herbs exclusively.

The herbs that we use in the clinic are American manufactured and double laboratory tested for safety and potency. Most of the herbs are available in capsule, pill or powder form.  

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Tui Na
(Chinese Medical Massage Therapy)

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