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TCM & acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient and natural form of healing that recognizes the inseparable relationship of the body, mind, spirit, and nature. TCM and its principles and theories are the by-product of spiritual practice. Qigong masters and TCM physicians accessed the workings of Natural Law during deep meditative, spiritual journeys through time and space.
Acupuncture is a type of Traditional Chinese Medicine that involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific spots on your body. Insertion of the needles usually causes little discomfort. Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain.
Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including: chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting, dental pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, including tension headaches and migraines, labor pain, lower back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, menstrual cramps, respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis, and tennis elbow.
Before having acupuncture treatment, be sure to tell the practitioner if you:
Have a bleeding disorder. Your chances of bleeding or bruising from the needles may be increased if you have a bleeding disorder or if you're taking blood thinners.
Have a pacemaker. Acupuncture that involves applying mild electrical pulses to the needles may potentially interfere with a pacemaker's operation.
Are pregnant. Some acupuncture points are thought to stimulate labor, which could result in a premature delivery.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
There are 4 key TCM principles:
Your body is an integrated whole. Each and every structure in your body is an integral and necessary part of the whole. Along with your mind, emotions, and spirit, your physical body structures form a miraculously complex, interrelated system that is powered by life force, or energy.
You are completely connected to nature. Changes in nature are always reflected in your body. TCM factors in the particular season, geographical location, time of day, as well as your age, genetics, and the condition of your body when looking at your health issues.
You were born with a natural self-healing ability. Your body is a microcosm that reflects the macrocosm. Think about it: nature has a regenerative capacity, and so do you. Sometimes, this ability may appear to be lost or difficult to access. In most cases, it is never completely gone.
Prevention is the best cure. Do you know your body is continually revealing signs about the state of your health? Let’s face it, it’s common to ignore these signs or symptoms until something more complicated arises. TCM teaches you how to interpret what your body is telling you.
book cupping + Gua Sha + moxa + acupoint pressure massage
GUA SHA: A practitioner uses a smooth-edged tool to gently scrape areas of your body where there is inflammation or stagnant qi to help improve circulation and promote healing.
MOXA: Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called "moxa" are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.
ACUPOINT PRESSURE MASSAGE: Invisible pathways of energy called meridians flow within the body. At least 14 meridians are thought to connect the organs with other parts of the body. A practitioner applies pressure to specific acupressure points to restore healthy energy flow. The points they choose depends on your symptoms