Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Using the 5 branches of Chinese medicine – acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui na (massage), diet therapy, and Qi gong – we are able to consider the whole person and the many influences that may be contributing to their current health. From there we are able to design a unique treatment that will get them on the path to their optimal health.
Acupuncture is one branch of the Chinese medical system and it affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems that excites biochemical responses in the body.
Some of the areas impacted by acupuncture treatments include the relaxation of shortened muscles, increased blood flow to help heal the tissue, regulation of hormones, decreased inflammation, and stimulation of physiological function.
Acupuncture also encourages the body to a state of homeostasis and produces measurable shifts in the endocrine, immune, nervous, and circulatory systems.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
There are about 400 plants and minerals that can be used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine to target the root cause of disease along with the branch symptoms.
Combinations of 5 to 20 herbs are chosen for their unique properties to create an individualized treatment with lasting effects and a balanced body.
Cupping is the application of suction cups to the body in specific locations and is used to clear stagnation and to treat respiratory ailments and musculoskeletal pain.
The suctions cups pull/lift muscle and fascia to encourage local blood flow, decrease inflammation, relax tight tissue, and increase immune function.
Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light petechiae and break up scar tissue.
It stimulates micro-circulation to encourage the release of unhealthy elements from injured areas. The process also stimulates blood flow, healing, and the immune system while decreasing inflammation.
Facial acupuncture is an anti aging treatment rooted in eastern philosophy. It works on internal mechanisms to optimize health and lower stress while simultaneously improving the appearance of your skin.
Facial acupuncture improves collagen production and muscle tone. It also helps to reduce bags, sagging tendencies, eliminate fine lines, and diminish larger wrinkles. The process tightens pores and brightens eyes while increasing local blood and lymph circulation.
Additionally, facial acupuncture is beneficial for specific skin condition (ie. acne, rosacea) and it can be used to regulate hormones and promote overall total health and well-being.
Treatments & Conditions
Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long history of treating acute and chronic dermatological diseases successfully using herbal medicinals both internally and externally.
Skin diseases that are effectively treated with Chinese herbal medicine include:
- Eczema; childhood eczema, atopic eczema (allergic), discoid eczema, pompholyx eczema (palms soles), stasis eczema (varicose), seborrhoeic dermatitis/eczema (including dandruff), contact and allergic dermatitis
- Psoriasis; plaque, guttate, pustular, erythrodermic, arthritic
- Urticaria & angioedema
- Acne; teenage acne, post adolescent female acne, nodular-cystic acne, acne conglobata
- Rosacea & perioral dermatitis
- Itchy conditions such as lichen simplex (neurodermatitis), nodular and subacute prurigo, generalized itching with no rash, etc.
- Viral and bacterial disease; impetago, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, warts, molluscum contagiosum, pityriasis rosea.
- Fungal and yeast infection; ringworm of the body, groin, axilla, fungal infection of the feet, hands, nails, pityriasis versicolor, candida albicans
- Vitiligo & melasma (chloasma)
- Lichen planus (simple and hypertrophic)
Chinese Medicine is a very effective treatment for women’s health concerns as it recognizes symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle as a sign of imbalance, and aims to regulate the menstrual cycle to ease discomfort, and increase fertility. The hormonal-endocrine system responds favourably to treatment with acupuncture and herbs.
Conditions that respond favourably to treatment include:
- pre-menstrual tension
- painful periods
- heavy bleeding
- irregular cycles
- amenorrhoea (no periods)
Chinese Medicine for children provides gentle and effective treatments from infancy through adolescence to support their optimal growth, development health, and well being. Acupuncture and herbal medicine bolster and guide children’s innate capacity for health by stimulating their body’s own natural ability to heal.
Some health conditions benefited are:
- common cold
- weak immunity
- reoccurring ear infections
- chronic cough, asthma
- digestive problems including poor appetite and stomachaches as well as constipation and diarrhea.