TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete holistic system of treatments that originated thousands of years ago.
TCM includes Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Nutritional Therapy, Guasha and Tui Na, and more recently Electro-acupuncture, all of which help to promote whole body health and correct imbalances in the body. These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. This system of health care is used extensively by one-quarter of the world’s population residing in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the West.
TCM Acupuncture is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. The ancient Chinese recognized vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced “chee”). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called ‘meridians’. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.
Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients. TCM uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a composite TCM diagnosis. A treatment plan is then formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.
Acupuncture points are stimulated using a safe, gentle electrical current.
This is the application of heat from burning a herb called Moxa, in order to warm the body, improve circulation and help the body heal.
Glass or plastic cups are used to create a partial vacuum on the skin to increase the movement of blood and circulation to muscles and tissues. It helps to relieve pain in the body and promote lymph flow.
A gentle scraping of the skins surface using a Gua Sha tool to increase circulation, release heat in superficial tissues. It can be used daily on the face to firm, tone, and lift the skin.
The therapy of cupping has been used in China for thousands of years. It is an ancient, holistic method to increase blood flow to affected areas, relax the muscles, and reduce overall inflammation as well as sedation of the nervous system. Cupping is said to lift the skin and reduce muscle adhesions as well as stimulating the immune system. Through several thousand years of accumulated clinical experience, the clinical applications of cupping have become increasingly wide. Currently, Chinese medicine cupping is used to treat muscle and joint pain, arthritic symptoms, the common cold, digestive problems and most often back / shoulder and neck pain.
In terms of muscle recovery and growth. Cupping increases blood circulation to the muscles and tissues. This helps relieve muscle tension, which also improves overall blood flow and promotes cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. The increased blood flow to broken down muscles is what helps them grow back much more quickly. Cupping therapy is also great for healing specific injuries that traditionally receive low blood flow, cupping draws needed blood to these locations where blood is scarce, therefore enabling quicker recovery time.
During the cupping procedure, the patient lies on a massage table and cups are applied to the body in a series of positions to produce suction and create a vacuum effect. Cupping targets areas of skin and deep tissue within these areas to dull pain, break up scar tissue and relax muscles and connective tissue. Cupping is often used on larger areas of the body such as the back, neck and shoulders, but we can cup almost all areas of the body. Cupping is almost the opposite of massage. Instead of applying pressure to swollen and painful areas, cupping draws pressure outward.