Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
Acupuncture is part of the complete system of health practiced for over 4,000 years that is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, acupressure & massage (Tui Na), mind/body exercises (Tai Chi and Qi Gong), and nutrition.
TCM treats the body as a whole; health results from harmony and balance among bodily functions, and disease occurs when function is disrupted or blocked. TCM treatments set the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.
Acupuncture involves the licensed acupuncturist placing fine, sterile, single-use needles at specific points on the body. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems. Classical acupuncture techniques include needling, moxibustion , cupping, and acupressure and massage. Moxibustion, also know as Moxa, is a method in which an herb called mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is burned above the skin or on the acupuncture point for the purpose of warming it to alleviate symptoms. Cupping promotes blood circulation and stimulates acupuncture points by creating a vacuum on the surface of the skin. Tui Na means “push grasp”. It is a massage and acupressure technique that works not only the muscles and joints, but the deeper energy levels as well. Acupressure means using fingers to apply pressure on the acupuncture points. Specialized Tui Na techniques are used on infants and children.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that optimizes the flow of cranioacral fluid through the brain and spinal cord system by releasing restrictions. For more information CranioSacral Therapy, consult www.upledger.com.
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