Eastern Healing Art

Principles of Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes the universe is interconnected. What happens in one part of your body affects your entire body. Your mind and body are one energy system. TCM encompasses breathing, herbs, exercise, diet and acupuncture treatment for total lifestyle.

Yin / Yang
These opposite but complementary forces whose perfect balance within the body is essential for well-being. Yin is cold, damp, darkness and contraction. Yang is heat, dryness, light, action and expansion.

Qi (pronounced Chee)
This is the invisible vital force or energy that flows through all life. Qi flows through body via channels or pathways, which are called meridians. Imbalances in the flow cause illness. TCM corrects this flow to restore the body to balance and well being.

There are a total of 20 meridians in the body. Twelve primary meridians correspond to specific organs. If the flow of energy is balanced and evenly circulating around the body, the individual enjoys good health. If something interrupts this flow, disruption on the meridian can create illness at any point along the pathway.

Gwa Sha
This technique releases muscle tension and tightness in the form of a deep massage by using a tool to rub the problem area.

Tui Na
This massage means Push Grasp, to move the Qi into various parts of the body to relieve pain and tension and inflammation and to heal injuries.

Electro Acupuncture
A low intensity, pulsating electrical current is conducted through the problem area to stimulate a large number of acupoints simultaneously in a deep massage that reaches down to tendons.

A small glass or plastic cup is placed over specific areas creating a vacuum using suction to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi to muscle layers. This breaks up blockage of Qi to heal sore muscles, tension, neck pains and the common cold.

An herb called mugwort is burned on the handle of the needle to warm the acupuncture points and quicken the healing process.

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