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One of the most common questions that patients ask about Chinese Medicine is: "Why does my practitioner check my pulse?" Pulse diagnosis is actually one of the most complex and important diagnostic techniques we use in Chinese Medicine. Through feeling and evaluating your pulse, I obtain an accurate diagnosis of your overall constitution, Qi (energy) flow, and internal organ health, among other things. I then synthesize all of this information into a highly effective and individualized treatment plan for your specific needs.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
- Pain reduction
- Stress and tension relief
- Increased energy levels
- Stronger digestion
- Relief from bad habits and addictions
- Greater sense of overall health and well-being
Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances — including herbs — to enhance one's health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities.
Since each patient has different needs, we carefully select and combine a variety of herbs that will synergistically blend together to achieve optimal results for your unique situation. We prescribe high-quality, professional-grade herbal medicines that are available only to qualified licensed professionals.
Instructions for Herbal Therapy
To be taken on an empty stomach
This medicine is to be taken on an empty stomach - at least 2 hours after food and at least 30 minutes before food. Do not drink soda or juice either during this time, because the sugar will stimulate the digestive process and the digestive juices and stomach acids may damage the herbs and decrease their efficacy. If is not possible to take it on an empty stomach, you may take it when you have time. It is best to keep intervals of 4 hours between doses for herbs taken three times per day.
To be taken after a meal
This herb is meant to be taken 30-60 minutes after a meal to avoid irritation to the stomach. However, if you are unable to eat, drink extra water before ingesting. It is best to keep intervals of 4 hours between doses for herbs taken three times per day.
Three times a day
Put 6 teaspoons (or according to doctor's instructions) of herb powder into 2 cups (500 ml) of water, then dissolve the herbs by rapidly stirring or bringing to a boil until the powder is fully dissolved. You may put the tea into a container to preserve - this is your mixture for the day. Drink 1/3 of the mixture warm or at room temperature three times a day. You may mix the tea with a small amount of honey or juice for flavor.
See Herbal Pills above and follow same instructions for ingesting tea an empty stomach or after a meal.
If you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medication, it should be taken 1-2 hours apart from your herbal medicine.
Although not necessary for treatment, abiding by the following guidelines will help maximize the effectiveness of your Chinese herbs:
Avoid raw foods (fruit is okay, vegetables should be cooked)
Avoid greasy foods or other foods that are difficult to digest
Avoid foods that are irritating to the digestive system (some spicy foods)
Almost all herbs have no side effects or drug interactions. However, a few drugs do interact with herbs and it is important to inform the doctor of any prescription medications you are taking and any concerns you have about interactions.
Medical Qi Gong
Medical Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese Medical practice that combines slow movements, conscious breathing, and focused mental attention to strengthen and enhance the flow of Qi (energy) throughout your body. Rather than addressing your symptoms (as Western medicine tends to do), Medical Qi Gong addresses your ailment at its very source by healing your entire being — mentally, emotionally and physically.
Acupressure is based on one the most ancient principles of healing — that simply touching a specific point on the body will release stress and improve health in the body. In an acupressure session, I apply firm pressure directly to these "points" on your body, which relieves your muscle tension and improves your circulation. This simple and powerful technique has been shown to very effective in treating headaches, backaches, and even insomnia.
Tui Na is an ancient form of bodywork that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I use a variety of pressures and strokes along the meridians (energy pathways) of your body to both relax your muscles and also stimulate the flow of energy throughout your body. By treating both the physical (musculature) and energetic (Qi) levels of your body at the same time, I can achieve results far beyond what you’d receive from a conventional massage therapy session.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Electroacupuncture is a highly effective holistic treatment for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture. Using the exact same system of Chinese Medicine, we insert very thin and sterile needles into specific points along the meridians of your body. We then attach the needles to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points. This helps restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.