Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), also known as East Asian medicine, is a comprehensive medical system that has been practiced for thousands of years, focusing on treating both the root and branches of illness to resolve and prevent disease. Practitioners utilize various treatment methods to engage the body’s innate ability to balance and heal itself. Therefore, the actual treatment is your body’s response to the treatment. While this response can be immediate, other times it can take several days or weeks to occur.
Common Treatment Methods:
Acupuncture – the insertion of super-fine, sterile, and disposable needles at specific points on the body.
Chinese Herbal Medicine – prescribed in the form of pills, powders, tinctures, pastes, plasters, or in raw form to be cooked. Herbs may be given to take internally or to be applied externally.
Tuina Massage – a form of therapeutic, Chinese medical massage relying on specific hand techniques, pressure on acupuncture points, and isolated stretching.
Teishin Non-insertion Acupuncture – a Japanese Meridian Therapy technique that uses a Teishin, a small Japanese acupuncture tool made of gold, silver, jade, or other precious materials, to stimulate acupuncture points without penetrating the skin.
TDP Lamp – the use of a mineral heat lamp to warm a large area of the body.
Acupressure – the application of pressure at specific points on the body.
Cupping – when cups made of glass, bamboo, or other materials are placed on the skin with a vacuum created by heat or other device.
Moxibustion – the use of moxa (Chinese Mugwort) in the form of a sick, string, or ball to create a warming effect at specific acupuncture points.
Gua Sha – the rubbing on an area of the body with a blunt, round instrument.
Common General Conditions:
Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat – Acute conjunctivitis • Poor eyesight • Cataracts • Ringing in ears • Deafness • Meniere’s disease • Earache • Sinusitis/Rhinitis • Hay fever • Sore throat • tonsillitis
Mouth – Toothache • Post extraction pain • Gingivitis • Pharyngitis
Respiratory – Common cold • Bronchitis • Asthma
Gastrointestinal – Irritable bowel syndrome • Colitis • Constipation • Diarrhea • Abdominal bloating • Dysentery • Gastritis • Hyperacidity • Hiccoughs • Ulcers • Hemorrhoids
Reproductive – Infertility • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) • Irregular menses • Menstrual cramps • Endometriosis • Fibroids • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) • Menopausal symptoms • Morning sickness • Urinary incontinence • Impotence
Mental/Emotional – Anxiety • Depression • Stress • Insomnia • Addictions
Musculoskeletal – Frozen shoulder • Tennis elbow • Back pain • Osteoarthritis • Joint pain • Stiff neck • Tendinitis • Bursitis • Sprains • Auto accident injuries • Chronic fatigue syndrome • Fibromyalgia • Muscle tension and spasms
Neurological – Headaches • Migraines • Dizziness • Trigeminal neuralgia • Facial palsy • Pareses following stroke • Peripheral neuropathy • Meniere’s disease • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction • Nocturnal enuresis • Intercostal neuralgia • Sciatica • Cerebral palsy • Shingles
Miscellaneous – Chemotherapy and radiation side effects • Dermatological disorders • Weight control