Central to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is a Chinese medical science that dates back more than 2,500 years. Used to treat everything from pain to allergies, acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles just under the skin at specific “acupoints.” These acupoints stimulate energy pathways, or meridians, that run through the body. When stimulated properly these meridians trigger your body’s energy for better functioning.
Auricular medicine is based on the idea that the auricle, or outer ear, is a microsystem of the entire body. Through auricular medicine, a trained practitioner can address a variety of ailments throughout the entire body using mappings that are similar to reflexology and iridology.
When practicing biopuncture, a practitioner injects acupoints and trigger points with a sterile, homeopathic anti-inflammatory to treat ailments like pain, inflammation, and toxin accumulation. Biopuncture has been proven safe and effective in multiple clinical trials, and can be administered by itself or in conjunction with traditional pain treatments.
Cupping, or myofascial decompression, is an ancient treatment modality that uses suction to mobilize blood flow and promote healing. To apply this treatment, practitioners create suction on the skin with a heated cup or a hand pump. Cupping is an effective method for treating pain, respiratory problems, menstrual cramping and digestive issues.
Dietary and lifestyle recommendations
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic practice designed to produce overall wellness. To accomplish this higher level of health, dietary and lifestyle changes work hand-in-hand with other treatments to augment the results.
Electro-acupuncture is a type of acupuncture that involves a small electric current passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. The needles are inserted at specific acupoints and then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses. The practice, which uses the same points as traditional acupuncture, is used to treat pain and improve overall health. Electro-acupuncture also improves blood flow to enhance general health. Research has also shown that electro-acupuncture’s improvement of circulation is highly beneficial to fertility treatments.
Herbal medicines are botanical formulas made from medicinal plants. In use for thousands of years before mainstream pharmaceuticals came along, herbal medicines have been used to treat a variety of ailments, from pain to allergies.
Herbal patches and liniments
Traditional Chinese Medicine often employs patches and topical creams made from herbal sources. Designed to treat a variety of conditions, these treatments are applied in combination with herbal medicines taken orally, as well as nutritional supplementation.
Infrasonic sound therapy
Infrasonic sound therapy is the application of low-frequency sound to specific points on the body to treat pain and inflammation. Delivered by a hand-held device, the sound waves travel through the body to stimulate cells and encourage better energy flow.
Laser therapy involves low-energy laser beams placed strategically at acupuncture points to affect energy flow along the body’s meridians. It is an effective and pain-free method for treating pain and inflammation, particularly for conditions such as joint sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis.
Magnet therapy is the application of a magnetic field to specific points on the body with the aim of increasing blood flow to underlying tissues and improving the flow of energy through the body’s meridians. Magnet therapy can be applied by electromagnetic devices or permanent static magnets as a method of treating pain.
Modern nutritional supplements
Nutritional supplements can be used to achieve better overall health, and to treat a wide range of specific conditions. Supplements range from essential vitamins and minerals that many people are missing in their diets to specific formulas that have anti-inflammatory properties or other health benefits. Used in conjunction with Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, nutritional supplementation is a vital component in building general wellness.
During moxibustion, a trained Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner burns moxa, or mugwort herb, in order to warm key regions of the body. The treatment aims to stimulate circulation and increase yang energy flow through the body’s critical pathways to increase vitality. Especially useful for infertility and some digestive problems. Practitioners often instruct clients on doing moxibustion at home to support their fertility treatments.