Initial Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture appointments include a consultation, diagnosis, and assessment of your symptoms, medical history and the body condition before prescribing the treatment. The consultation can also prescribe a plan for the treatment of certain health challenges and conditions for you.
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Chinese Herbal Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments are often prescribed based on individuals’ pattern diagnoses. Chinese herbal medicines are plant-based with certain preparations and packaged as powders, pastes, lotions, or tablets, depending on the herb and its intended use. Different herbs have different properties that can balance particular parts of the body. Prescribing a particular herb or concoction of herbs means the practitioner’s diagnosis has to take into account the state of the patient’s conditions.
Acupuncture is an intrinsic part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and our treatments are based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles derived from years of our clinical research experience.
Acupuncture originated from ancient China to treat patients with thin needles inserted into the skin to trigger specific acupuncture points to improve the overall wellbeing of the individual patient. Rather than treating symptoms, acupuncture is used to stimulating acupuncture points in combination to improve circulation, such as disperse stagnation, augment fatigue or re-connect that which is laid dormant through chronic dis-ease. By adjusting these imbalances, correcting the flow of Qi it stops pain, reduces stress, calms emotions and re-instates health. Thus, the treatment plan supports patients back to health and to overcome limitations that prevent patients from living a quality life.
With acupuncture treatment, we also prescribe other Chinese medicine to complement our patient’s condition to restore overall balance and wellbeing in the body to circulation and enhance treatment results.
Remedial Massage (Tui Na)
Remedial Massage (Tui Na – Medical Massage) is also an intrinsic part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) along with acupuncture and herbal medicine as a complete healing system. It is a complementary treatment for muscles that are compromised, tense or affecting certain immobility. It is useful for a number of problems that affect the muscles, tendons and bones. It can be used to help with conditions such as pain caused from sciatica, carpal tunnel, stiff necks, headaches, migraines, sports injuries and many more complaints. If you have particular muscle tension or chronic pain a remedial massage may be for you. Remedial massage involves the assessment, analysis and treatment of your body.
The remedial massage treatment involves the practitioners using their hands to apply pressure on the body. The pressure applied can either be strong or gentle, deep and shallow, depending on the problem. We will assess where your need and what may be causing your pain prior to the treatment. Sometimes it involves physical therapy testing to locate which muscles are compromised and the root cause of your pain and will tailor a treatment plan to suit. The treatment itself may involve some tissue work over a short period of time, but the results are certainly worth a try.
Cupping therapy is another form of traditional Chinese medicine treatment in conjunction with acupuncture and remedial massage. It involves placing a cup (glass, bamboo or plastic jars) on the skin over large areas of the muscular-skeletal and creating a vacuum suction to hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. The aim of cupping is to ‘relieve pain,’ improve the circulation by invigorating stagnant blood. It is indicated in cases which patient experience symptoms of aching or sharp stabbing pain and increasing mobility or range of joint movement.
Cupping can help to manage pain or release tense muscles to relax and ease stiffness, especially with chronic back and neck pains. Cupping therapy may help to alleviate certain physical conditions and help a patient to enter a more relaxed state. In some cases, this form of treatment is used to manage problems related to gastrointestinal disorders and lung diseases. This is achieved by understanding the pathogenesis and is used in conjunction with other TCM modalities.
Cupping treatment can cause a sensation of tightness on the area that has been sucked up into the cup but no pain. Bruising on the skin after cupping is normal and varies in color from light pink/brown to bright red or dark purple and lasts between 3 to 7 days depending on the duration of time the patient has been experiencing these symptoms. Cupping treatment is contra-indicated in cases where there is injury, soft tissue damage, infected skin, convulsions, bruise easily, or contra-indicated pressure points associated with pregnancy.