Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes a range of holistic and natural treatment methods. The following are some common treatment techniques offered by QARE Wellness Acupuncture, which includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui-Na (soft tissue treatment), Cupping, Gua-sha, and Moxibustion.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine-based approach to treating a variety of conditions by triggering specific points on the skin with needles. Acupuncture is part of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow (Qi, pronounced "chee") through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow of Qi, thereby improving health.
Chinese herbs have been used for centuries. Chinese herbal medicine uses a variety of natural substances in different combinations to restore balance of energy to the body. Adverse reactions to Chinese herbs are extremely rare and are negligible when compared to those commonly produced by pharmaceutical drugs. The basis of herbal medicine comes from nature and is found in the leaves, stems, flowers, roots, seeds and minerals. The basis of pharmaceutical drug is a chemical cocktail that is made in laboratory and generally come with some type of side effect. Although the western medication is needed at times, there can also be safe alternatives with herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, lifestyle modification and exercise with dietary restrictions.
Tui-na works by applying pressure to acupuncture points, meridians and groups of muscles or nerves to remove blockages that prevent the free flow of qi. Removing these blockages restores the balance of qi in the body, leading to improve health and vitality. It has been used to complement the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and stress-related disorders that affect the digestive and or respiratory systems.
Cupping is a technique used in conjunction with acupuncture. Cupping is a modality that uses small glass or plastic cups to produce a suction on the skin that pulls the stagnant fluids and blood to the skin. It uses gentle, controlled suction to open up muscle tissue and vastly increase local circulation of blood and fluids. Therefore, increased qi and blood to the region will stimulate and promote healing process. Cupping works great on tight shoulders, sore backs, achy muscles, coughs, constipation, neck pain, headaches, sciatica and symptoms of common cold.
Gua Sha is a therapeutic treatment involving repeated pressure strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge to promote blood and energy circulation. It is used for headaches, muscle and tendon injuries, respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis, stiffness, pain, and digestive, urinary and gynecological disorders.
Moxibustion is a technique of burning moxa wool to produce indirect heat above the surface of the skin at specific acupuncture points. Moxa wool is combination of several herbs mixed with “mugwort”. It is used for conditions that would benefit from heat, such as cold arthritic conditions, cold hands, feet, lower back, menstrual irregularities, old injuries, atrophied muscles, and overall prevention of disease and keeping healthy.