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Electro Acupuncture

Natural methods
A small electrical current is passed between the needles to stimulating the acupuncture point. It is useful for some chronic pain syndrome cases or paralysis where the Qi is difficult to stimulate.

What is cupping?

Eastern Medicine synopsis

Cupping is an ancient Eastern method of negative pressuring to cause local congestion or intentional bleeding. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place. Sometimes blood letting is accompanied with it.
Cupping therapy has been further developed as a mean to open the Meridians of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are twelve major meridians in human body, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is one of the good ways of opening those meridians.
Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, stimulate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping may be construed as the best deep tissue massage. Cupping, the technique, is very useful and safe and can be easily learned and incorporated into your family health practices.
Now plastic cups have come into popularity. Plastic cups with suction system have done away with the traditional firing. This has made the application of the cups done more easily and safely. It has a good penetrating effect and a big drawing strength. It has not only improved efficacy but also simplified the procedures of cupping therapy.
Eastern Medicine, or Traditional Chinese Medicine, was originated in Far East Asia. It began and flourished in eastern Asia, and represents the natural and philosophical medicine compared to modern and scientific Western Medicine. So that it is good to be called Eastern Medicine.
Some people call it as Oriental Medicine, but the Orient actually refers to Persia region, or far west of Asia. Oriental civilization is far from that of Indus, and even more distant from HuangHe (Chinese), or East Asia. India also inherits its own traditional medicine, named Ayurvedic Medicine.
Eastern Medicine traces back to over 8000 years. Eastern Medicine has a philosophical back ground of Taoism and Confucianism. Its most classic text is called “The Yellow Emperor’s Book” which describes mainly the Taoistic ideas and its medical application.
Most conspicuous character of Eastern Medicine is the naturalness. Eastern Medicine follows natural principles and only helps to agree with it. It does not fight against diseases, but just tries to obtain natural balance, and then the disease itself will disappear just as the smoke disappears when the fresh air comes in.
The beauty of Eastern Medicine is that it seeks out its resources in nature. It adopts needles, cupping, body work, moxa and herbs to reach that goal instead of facilitating artificial, unnatural methods or chemicals which are destructive to nature. Eastern Medicine only helps human beings function as a part of nature not a manipulator of nature.
The acupuncture needle does not have a hole inside unlike an epidermal needle used in Western Medicine, and does not have a wedge tip but a round tip. So it does not put something into the human body, and it does not make injury like wedge tip. It’s very safe and not painful.
Those methods work through “Qi”, which forms the human body and soul. Qi is a very subtle concept, but it can be analogized as water which can form either vapor or ice. If we can only feel the hot vapor or cold ice, and can not feel the mediocre existence of water, that’s the subtlety of Qi.
The acupuncture needle regulates the meridian, the channels of the Qi flowing, to redeem the balance the body has had before it got sick.
The cupping with or without bleeding helps unease the burden of turbidity which blocks your physical energy and nutrition.
The body work consists of Acupressure, Tuina and massage, which complement the acupuncture.
The moxibustion warms the Qi to help flow easier. Warm Qi is flowing energy and essential to live, because while you’re alive, your Qi should not cease a moment to flow.
The herbs provide an all-natural pharmaceutical nutrition and energy and help patients to get harmony among organs.

What is TuiNa?

“TuiNa 推拿”, which literally means “push, or pinch and pull”, refers to a wide range of Eastern Medicine therapeutic massage and body work.
While general massage is generally used for pleasure and relaxation, TuiNa is more used to address specific patterns of disharmony. EM uses TuiNa to harmonize yin and yang in the body by manipulating the Qi in meridians. It removes the blockages and keeps the energy moving through the meridians as well as the muscles.
TuiNa includes what is popularly known as "acupressure," where practitioners use finger pressure instead of needles to stimulate the acupuncture points. Actually, TuiNa methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi, and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). Many of the techniques used in this massage resemble that of a western massage like gliding(known as effleurage or Tui), kneading(petrissage or Nie) , percussion(tapotement or Da), rocking, vibration, tapping, friction, pulling, rolling, pressing and shaking. Other external herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are methods also used to enhance the therapeutic treatment in conjunction with TuiNa.
TuiNa is one of the most popular TCM treatment modalities and is frequently used in the treatment of muscles, tendons and joints, orthopedic problems, sports injuries and a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems. This technique is beneficial in reducing the pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, highs, legs and ankle disorders. Other benefits of this TuiNa therapy include alleviation of stress related disorders like insomnia, GI disorder, constipation, tension headaches and other disorders related to digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.
TuiNa is also often used when acupuncture is inappropriate, such as with children or needle phobia patients.

Waht is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. This is done by inserting sterilized, stainless-steel needles (that are as fine as a human hair) into specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
Eastern Medicine views a person as an energy system in which the body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike Western medicine which attempts to isolate and separate a disease from a person and dissects human body into many independent parts, Eastern Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person and considers even pathogens as a partner for the human being to go along with.
In addition, unlike Western medicine which defines the disease as an entity to conquer or kill, Eastern Medicine refuse to acknowledge the reality of the disease and view it just as a phenomenon which would disappear when a person is in harmonious and healthy condition.
Qi - The basic foundation for Eastern Medicine is that there is a life energy flowing through the body which is called "Qi" (pronounced chee). This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Eastern Medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked. On the channel of flowing Qi, some points in which Qi gathers more condensely or has a strong reaction came to be acupuncture points. They have been mapped out over a period of thousands years.
Your practitioner will make an Eastern Medical diagnosis based upon a thorough examination and consultation. The examination includes the assessment of the pulse and tongue. Once a diagnosis is made, your acupuncturist will choose the most appropriate acupuncture points for treatment.
At Wellness Acupuncture & Natural Medicine, our team carefully diagnoses your condition and creates a treatment plan to improve your health and life style.

What is Massage Therapy?

Our licensed massage therapist uses his hands to place pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints, soothing away pain caused by muscle spasms, muscle tension and joint dysfunction. Relax your way to better health with massage therapy.

What is Qigong?

Qi-Going is an integrated mind-body healing method that has been used in China for thousands of years. Qi is the Chinese term for the life energy which exists in all living things. The term Gong refers to work or an accomplishment achieved through steady practice. It is translated; Qi-Gong means working with life energy. The goal of Qi-Gong practice is to balance and strengthen the body, and prevent illness. This is done by using posture, breathing techniques, movement and meditation. Its practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it. Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. The slow gentle movements of most Qi-Going can be easily adapted and it is certainly a highly effective health care practice. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qi-Going reduce stress, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is an Eastern Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Eastern Medicine, is to purify the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, and thus treat illnesses or maintain general health.
*Types of moxibustion
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point, ignited and burned. The moxa is allowed to remain onto the point until it burns out completely, extinguished or removed before it burns the skin. This may or may not lead to localized scarring, blisters and scarring after healing. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, or sometimes a momentarily hot sensation. 
Indirect moxibustion is currently the more popular form of care because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Or a moxa cone can be placed above a wooden or other material ring and lights the apex of moxa cone before putting it on the skin. Another form of indirect moxibustion uses both acupuncture needles and moxa. A needle is inserted into an acupoint and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and the surrounding area. And in other form of indirect moxibustion, the practitioner may put some barrier such like ginger or garlic between skin and the moxa.
*Purpose of moxibustion
In Eastern Medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel coldness and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and Qi. Studies have shown that moxibustion increases the movement of the fetus in pregnant women. In the help to the Western medicine, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the Bladder meridian. And other studies have shown that moxibustion reduces the symptoms of menstrual cramps when used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture.
*Reason for using mugwort.
Mugwort, also known as artemesia vulgaris or 艾葉 ai ye in Chinese, has a long history of use in folk medicine. It contains warming material which reaches very high temperature when burning, yet protects skin from infection due to its high anti bacterial character. It has deep warming energy into human body. Research has shown that it acts as an agent which increases blood circulation to the pelvic area and uterus and stimulates menstruation. This could explain its use in treating breech births and menstrual cramps.

About herbal therapy

Herbal medicine is an integral component of Eastern Medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is also one of the oldest and most popular forms of health care. Studies have shown that as much as 40% of all American adults use herbal products.
The term "herbal medicine" refers to the use of a plant's seeds, grains, flowers, berries, fruits, roots, twigs, bark, leaves, buds, rhizomes, shells and other parts of plants for medicinal purposes. While the scientific study of herbs in the United States began just over two centuries ago, herbs and botanicals have been used to treat a wide range of health problems in Asia for thousands of years. Unlike the use of pharmaceutical herbs in other continents, Eastern Medicine provided very deep and delicate philosophical basis for the use of almost all available pharmaceutical herbs in Far East Asia. That’s how the use of herbs in East Asia has developed into a systemic science, not a collection of fragmental random knowledge of experiences.
When used to facilitate healing in chronic, ongoing problems, herbal medicine has a great deal to offer. Studies have shown that herbal products can treat a variety of conditions, including colds, digestive disorders, insomnia, headaches, arthritis, skin disorders, asthma, and a host of other problems usually treated with pharmaceuticals and prescription medications. While chemicals have some drawbacks for their effects, natural herbs are almost side or negative effects free if used correctly. And after they’ve done their jobs, natural herbs do not leave toxins or aftermath behind. Natural herbs are effective and work safely and go away cleanly without contaminating the workplace (human body).
We have a huge selection of hundreds collectives of single herb pharmacy. For instance, there are ginseng, cinnamon, ginkgo, clover buds, green tea, dates, astragalus and eleuthero. They are prepared by raw herbs, granules, and pills. Each herbal formula is individually constructed according to the patient’s presentation at the time of visit, and modified as symptoms change. Symptoms (病症), interpretive symptoms (辯證), physical constitution (體質) are the three major standards by which the herbs are prescribed.