"If there is pain, there is no free flow. If there is free flow, there is no pain." -Chinese Proverb
Acupuncture is one of the many medical systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been employed for over 3,000 years to diagnose, treat and prevent various illnesses. Acupuncture can treat acute or chronic disorders to alleviate pain, improve recuperative capability, and strengthen the immune system. Acupuncture is performed by an expertly trained Acupuncturist through the insertion of a very thin sterile filiform needle at a specific point on the body to promote healing.
The mechanism of acupuncture for pain can be explained by one of the many theories known as diffuse noxious inhibitory controls (DNIC) or endogenous pain modulatory pathway, also known as "pain inhibits pain". The activation of the DNIC is triggered by the thin afferent fibers, A-delta and C-fibers, (sensory neurons) and these fibers are activated through a painful response such as a pinch, immersion in hot water, or a needle insertion into the muscle. The entire human body (skin, muscles, organs, etc.) are connected through these fibers. Therefore, according to DNIC, noxious stimulus (pain sensation) applied to a certain area of the body can induce immediate pain relief through the transmission in the neurons of the trigeminal caudalis and/or the spinal dorsal horn.
"The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind." -Paracelsus
Chinese herbology is considered most safe and effective when prescribed by a qualified practitioner of Chinese Medicine. It has been used for over 3,000 years to treat acute and chronic conditions. Chinese herbal therapy is used to establish homeostasis, or balance, in your body and to strengthen your body’s resistance to disease.
There are over 5,000 medicinal agents currently in use and include plant, animal, and mineral. Different herbs have different properties and often combined with other herbs to enhance the therapeutic effects. Herbs are available in pills, capsules, granules, or tinctures to make them easier and more convenient to ingest.
"Cupping helps jumpstart the body’s natural healing process by increasing blood flow within the treatment area. This has the effect of speeding up the healing process and soothing sore joints and muscles." -Houman Danesh, MD
Cupping is an ancient traditional therapeutic technique that has been practiced for thousands of years and till now. Cupping therapy involves the application of a suction cup to a localized area of the skin. There are two types of cupping practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), dry and wet cupping. Dry cupping pulls the skin into the cup without drawing blood. In wet cupping, the skin is punctured with an acupuncture needle so that blood is drawn into the cup. Once the cup is applied it can be retained locally or move across the skin (gliding cupping).
Cupping can be used alone, but it is typically used in addition to acupuncture. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it a great treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve neck and back pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism.
"The benefits of Gua sha are numerous. It resolves spasms and pain, and promotes normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs, as seen in Gua sha’s immediate effect on coughing and wheezing. Research has shown that Gua sha causes a four-fold increase in microcirculation of surface tissue (Nielsen et al. 2007) and can reduce inflammation and stimulate the immune system (Braun et al. 2011; Chan et al. 2011)".
Gua sha is a treatment technique of traditional East Asian medicine. It is also called ‘coining, spooning or scraping, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.
Modern research shows Gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for several days following a single Gua sha treatment. Gua sha is effective on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting, and so forth.
"The most effective authentic techniques as currently used in Chinese clinics for fast injury repair, lengthening of muscles and releasing tightness."
Tuina (pronounced twee-nah) is a type of manipulative therapy that was developed in ancient China. Translated roughly, 'tui' means to press while 'na' means to grasp. Tuina involves the use of hands to stimulate and manipulate muscles, joints, and acupressure points, in order to treat certain disorders and conditions.