Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you” ~ Rumi
WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has been used for over 3,000 years. It makes the connection between the functions of the body and how closely they resemble natural processes that occur in nature. It is the basic desire of both to remain in complete harmony (yin & yang).
The body is an energetic system full of connected pathways (meridians). If one part of the system is not functioning at its full potential, it can affect other parts of the body. The life force that runs through these meridians is called qi (pronounced ‘chi’). There needs to be enough qi and the ability for it to flow freely in order for the body to remain in a state of balance.
When there is an imbalance, our body makes us aware by a feeling of discomfort, pain, or suffering. Chinese Medicine can treat the symptoms of the pain, but also treats the root cause of what is creating the symptoms. With acupuncture, herbs, lifestyle changes, and other TCM treatments, the body can get back to its natural desired state of balance.
•It’s a holistic medicine that empowers the body to heal itself.
•Treats the root of the problem and not just the symptom for long term relief.
•It’s a natural healing method in comparison to more invasive methods such as drugs or surgery.
•It’s effective for treating so many conditions with low probability of side effects.
•Releases endorphins, relieves pain, and improves blood circulation.
•Alters brain chemistry with the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, which affect the immune response, blood flow, and body temperature regulation.
•Has a homeostatic affect on the body, promoting balance.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves placing hair thin, sterile needles into specific points along the body’s energy pathways (meridians). This affects the physiological processes of the body and unblocks or redirects the flow of qi (energy) so the body can achieve its natural state of balance. Acupuncture stimulates nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. It aids in the release of endorphins, which are the natural pain fighters in the body. It guides circulation and assists with the body’s natural healing processes to support immune function.
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is different from Western Medicine in that it treats the root cause of an imbalance and not just the symptoms. The herbs are safe and gentle. They can be used as preventative care or treat an array of diseases and conditions. There are thousands of herbs in the Chinese pharmacopia, consisting of plants, minerals and animal products. Herbs are usually combined into formulas containing anywhere from 3 to 20 herbs. These herbal combinations are meticulously designed according to each individual herbal property.
What is Cupping?
Glass or plastic jars are placed on the body which create a partial vacuum with the use of a flame or suction. This method stimulates circulation and relaxes muscle tension. Cupping is also used to ‘draw out pathogens’ in the case of common cold or flu. The cups can remain on the skin stationary or be moved around. ‘Flash cupping’ is done for a milder stimulation where the cups are placed and quickly removed.
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion or Moxa is the burning of an herb called Mugwort or “Ai Ye.” It is used to warm the channels in the body, stimulate the flow of qi and blood, and promote healing. Moxa sticks can be held over specific body points until the area is warm or placed directly on the skin. Moxa has also been successfully used to turn breached babies.
What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is a skin rubbing technique that promotes circulation and metabolic function. It allows toxins to come to the surface of the skin to be released.
How does Acupuncture help with infertility?
Acupuncture aids in blood flow to the reproductive organs and stabilizes hormone levels. This in turn will increase ovarian function in women as well as sperm production in men.
Used as a complementary form of therapy for women undergoing other fertility treatments, acupuncture has been proven to be especially beneficial. Acupuncture can also help with the stress of fertility treatments. In particular, studies have shown that acupuncture definitely increases the rate of pregnancy in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).
A German study was conducted in 2002 with women who underwent the IVF embryo transfer process along with acupuncture treatment and without acupuncture. The study showed that the acupuncture group had a success rate of 42.5% and the group without acupuncture had a 26.3% success rate. Additional research showed that there were less miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies with the acupuncture group.