Modalities

Moxibustion

Moxibustion

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the treatment of disease through the application of heat to acupuncture points through the powdered leaves of the mugwort (ai ye) plant. In indirect moxibustion, the acupuncturist lights one end of a moxa stick and holds it close to the area being treated until the area turns red. Acupuncture-moxibustion is heating the needle through the ignition of “moxa” on the end of the needle.

 Cupping

Cupping

Cupping

Cupping is a treatment that stimulates acupuncture points by applying suction to the body using a glass jar. The glass cups are depressurized by providing some fire in the cup to heat up the air in it prior to placement on the body. To allow easy movement of the glass cups along the skin, some medicated oil is applied. Cupping produces purple or red spots along the site being manipulated. These marks are signs of toxicity blocking the channel. Cupping removes blockages and stagnation.

Tuina

Tuina

Tuina

Stimulation of the acupuncture points is performed with the fingers or an instrument. Tuina has been used extensively in China for over 2000 years and dates back to 1700 B.C. Tuina is a series of pressing, tapping and kneading in order to remove blockages along the meridians. It stimulates the flow of Qi and blood to promote healing, similar to principles of acupuncture, moxibustion, and acupressure.

 Nutrition and Food Therapy

Nutrition and Food

Nutrition and Food

Food has its own therapeutic properties according to the Chinese yin/yang system. Food can help rebalance the body. For example, cooling foods like apples or broccoli are used for patients who are too warm; detoxifying foods in the chlorophyll category, i.e. green foods, are used for patients with toxins or excesses in the body; immune-modulating foods are used for patients who have autoimmune diseases. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are our first choice for healing, but we also acknowledge the healing value of food.



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