Traditional Chinese Medicine blends a number of therapies to create the best treatment to address your health concerns. Your first appointment will include a thorough assessment to help determine your health goals and choose the best course of treatment for you.
TCM uses a variety of methods to determine your state of health and discover what imbalances are occuring in the body. The techniques most often associated with TCM include examining the tongue and pulse. Your therapist will also ask questions about all aspects of your body.
Cupping therapy is another manual therapy that has been around for millennia and has been used by a wide variety of cultures including Egyptian, Asian, Eastern European and African. In cupping a vacuum is created before placing the cups on the skin. This draws the skin and underlying soft tissues upward away from the body. The negative pressure acts to stretch the tissues (instead of compressing as in massage) to relieve trigger points in the muscles and improve local blood circulation to relieve pain and promote healing.
Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used throughout Asia. It is used to move stuck blood, promoting normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs directly beneath the surface being treated.
Massage therapy is a manual therapy that addresses the soft tissues of the body. There are many different types of massage therapy. The most familiar massage techniques here in North America are based on Swedish massage techniques. In Traditional Chinese
Herbal Medicine & Diet
Herbal medicine is a large component of Traditional Chinese medicine. The use of herbal medicine dates back thousands of years and was used in most cultures. The Chinese Materia Medica consists of plant, animal and mineral substances. Unlike the manual therapies listed above, which use physical methods to engage the body’s own healing response, herbal medicine provides substances to the body and heals from the inside. Formulas are carefully chosen based on your unique pattern of symptoms. They are to be treated with the same care afforded Western Medicines.