Small needle sterile needles are inserted at acupuncture points. The location may vary according to the diagnosis and treatment principle. If a patient is experiencing pain in a specific location, the acupuncturist may choose to work on the area by what is referred to as a distal points, circumventing the insertion of acupuncture needles into painful areas. The patient then relaxes for approximately 30 minutes while the needles “communicate” with the merdian systems, unblocking or strengthening the body’s systems.
Chinese Medicine has been studied and implemented the chemical and energetic properties of herbs for the last several a thousand years. These herbs, as do the acupuncture serve to restore the body to a state of balance and promote well-being and healing, depending on the condition when the herbs are used in conjunction with the acupuncture, dramatic improvement can be experienced in a relatively short amount of time. Irene uses only the highest quality herbs that undergo the strictest criteria for safety standards. Many of the herbal formulas include common ingredients such as citrus rind, ginger or Goji berries. The herbal formulas can be purchased as convenient to use powders or in capsule form.
Cupping therapy is a process whereby glass cups are warmed and placed patient’s skin to create a vacuum, so the blood is drawn to the surface of the skin in specific parts of the body that need healing, creating a reverse massage like feeling. These cups can also provide relaxing massage known as “ moving cupping” whereby pure oils, such as sesame or jojoba are applied to the skin before the cups are applied, usually on large ares like the back or shoulder area and then gently moved to release the fascia from tension and any muscle tightness.
In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. Moxa, as it is commonly referred to, is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and Qi. This technique may also be used to enhance vitality when the body is run down from over-exertion or general fatigue. Mugwort is a common dried herb used in moxabustion.
Tuina is Chinese Medical massage. The techniques that are implemented focus not only on relieving muscle pain and tight fascia but the acupuncture points are stimulated, as well. This technique is often used in tandem before, after or before and after an acupuncture treatment to enhance it’s effects, giving the patient more immediate results.
Many are familiar with the use of essential oils in aromatherapy, but essential oils or the “jing” or essence of the plant have been used by the ancient Doaists practicing traditional medicine for centuries. Today high quality oils are used to supplement the effects of the acupuncture treatments, giving longer lasting effects from treatments, enhancing results for the client. Various oils are selected for their medicinal properties and applied in small amounts to appropriate acupuncture points after or between appointments to remedy concerns or issues.
Similar to Tai Chi, Medical Qigong utilizes slow movements with accompanying deep breathing techniques. Research shows Medical Qigong practiced on a regular basis can calm the mind can, lower blood pressure and reduce stress.
In Chinese culture food is considered to have medicinal qualities. Many families incorporate certain foods int their diets to promote health and healing. For instance, ice, iced foods and beverages or even cold foods such salads are usually avoided, especially during the cooler months. It is considered that their cool nature may complicate any health conditions that the external environment may also be promoting in the body. Instead warm, nutrient rich foods, such as stews and soups are consumed. This idea is similar to our western idea of eating seasonally. At Healing Wellness Acupuncture clients can receive recommendations of therapeutic foods and simple recipes that can help improve their conditions.