Acupuncture is the oldest, treatment that promotes the body’s natural healing processes. It is also gentle, safe, and quite effective. It began more than 3,000 years ago in China and has evolved in various nations of the East and is now practiced around the world to treat illnesses and myriad conditions, and to maintain wellness and prevent disease. Currently 25% of the world’s population uses it for various health conditions. According to the CDC’s 2002 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults have used acupuncture, and an estimated 2.1 million U.S. adults had used acupuncture in the previous year.
Acupuncture restores balance and unblocks the flow of Qi (also called chee, chi, ki, qui, meaning vital energy) by stimulating the Qi points along the body’s energy pathways with a variety of techniques. Fine (thin), sterile, disposable needles are inserted – usually painlessly as they are so thin – and manipulated by the acupuncturist and/or by electrical stimulation to enhance the stimulation. Most patients find acupuncture to be very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment, which lasts from 30 to 60 minutes on average.
Oriental herbal medicine is an essential tool of Oriental medicine to treat diseases and maintain health. It involves the science of combining natural herbs (from plants) to form powerful medicinal formulas to treat disease and enable the body’s natural ability to restore itself to health. Often Chinese herbal medicine is used alone as the primary treatment and is commonly used for various organ dysfunctions. Other times Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are combined to enhance the effects of both treatments and promote optimal therapeutic outcomes. Herbs have very few side effects when prescribed by qualified, licensed herbal medicine practitioners.
A typical herbal medicine formula contains from 4 to 15 herbs. It is prescribed according to each individual’s constitution, symptoms and clinical manifestations. One advantage of Chinese herbal medicine is that it treats the underlying causes as well as the symptoms. For example, it can lessen the symptoms of an allergy during an acute episode and also prevent recurrent episodes by addressing the underlying causes (often seen as body imbalances) of an allergy.
Our clinic has its own pharmacy that stocks raw herbs, extracted powder and patent. We use clean, safe, premium herbs that are tested by labs, ChromaDex in Irvine, CA and The National Food Laboratory in Livermore, CA. In most cases, a customized formula can be prepared on the same day or within 24 hours of an appointment. Chinese herbal medicines that we prescribe can be picked up at our office or shipped via UPS. Cooked and auto-packaged decoctions (herbal tea) can take 48 to 72 hours to prepare.
TUI NA THERAPY
Tui Na is the oldest known system of massage originating in China . It was recorded in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, 2300 B.C. as one of the five major therapies of the time. Tui Na has remained an organized and systematically developed system of massage alongside herbal medicine and acupuncture and moxibustion throughout this time.
Tui Na uses the Traditional Chinese Medical theory of channels (energetic pathways or meridians) and the flow of the Qi energy as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques, Tui Na seeks to establish a more harmonious Qi energy through the system of channels allowing the body to naturally heal itself. Tui Na methods include the use of hand and arm techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body and stimulation of acupressure points to directly affect the flow of Qi energy through the system of channels.
Tui Na has a variety of different systems that emphasize particular aspects of these therapeutic principles. The main schools in China include the rolling method school, which is the style practiced at Park Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic. This style emphasizes soft tissue techniques and specializes in joint injuries and muscle sprains.
Tui Na’s simplicity and focus upon specific problems, rather than a more generalized treatment, makes it both an excellent alternative and/or extension of Western or Swedish-style massage. By utilizing treatments of shorter duration, it can be used in a variety of settings, including home, office, clinic or hospital. Tui Na is also useful in the release of tension/stress and has lasting effects of relaxation and well being.
Tui Na massage has proven over the centuries that it is an effective therapeutic tool. The best way to learn about Tui Na massage is to experience its benefits and pleasure for yourself.
Tui Na is usually performed over the clothes. Please wear loose fitting t-shirt, shorts or sweat pants/cotton style pants. You may bring clothes to change into for your treatment.
Cupping is a therapy in which jars are attached to the skin through vacuum to promote the free flow of Qi and Blood in the meridians, dispel cold dampness, and diminish swellings and pains. In TCM clinic, cupping is commonly used for pain on the shoulders, low back, and leg, stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, asthma, and weight loss. It has great effect on stiff neck, muscle tightness and soreness on the shoulder and back.
GuaSha is an East Asian healing technique that “scratching’ or “scraping” the skin with a smooth-edged instrument in order to elicit a redness of the skin (sha). When a patient has pain, aching, tightness and/or a knotty feeling in the muscles and has a sign of ‘sha’, it is used to remove local obstruction of blood and fluids in the muscle or joints. In addition painful musculoskeletal condition, GuaSha can be used for common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma.
Moxibustion (moxa) is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that treats and prevents diseases by the combustion of different materials to points or certain locations of the human body. The most often used herb is mugwort (Aiye, Artemisia vulgaris), whose nature is hot and can be used internally or externally.
Functions of moxibustion are:
- To warms meridians and expel cold,
- To induce the smooth flow of Qi and Blood,
- To strengthen Yang,
- To prevent diseases and keep healthy,
Methods of Moxibustion are; moxa cones, moxa stick, moxa box, thread moxa, liquid, warming needletechnique, and heated needle technique to be used on various parts of the body directly or indirectly.