Most people think of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as only acupuncture. However, this 5,000 year-old healing practice is much more. Beyond herbs, acupuncture, massage, Tai Chi, and Qigong, it is a way of understanding our internal nature as it is reflected back to us from our external one.

TCM focuses on restoring balance within the body, mind, and spirit by addressing each individual’s patterns of imbalance or by working on their constitution. As an example, pain is understood to be a disruption of the flow of energy (Qi), but the cause of the disruption can vary and can also change as treatment progresses. As such, the TCM treatment approach is very individualized to the person and to the moment in time, and has widespread application. Rather than seeking to cure specific diseases, it taps into the person’s innate ability to cure itself by restoring balance.

Acupuncture is the use of very thin, sterile, disposable needles into specific body acupoints in order to affect the flow of Qi with the intent to restore balance.

Chinese massage techniques include cupping, Gua sha, and Tui-na, and are described on the massage page.

Moxabustion uses the burning of an herb called Mugwort to warm the skin and muscles, to relax the tissues, and is often used in the early stages of colds and flu.

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Treatment Options

Medical Acupuncture sessions—after assessment and diagnosis, a treatment plan is created to address a health concern that is treated with one or multiple sessions of acupuncture.

Massage with Acupuncture—these sessions are focused on relaxation, restoration, and self-care. Acupuncture is used as an adjunct to boost the benefits of massage. Needles are placed in one part of the body while another part is massaged. Most people love this combination and many enjoy them as preventive care.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture—seeks to lessen wrinkles and fine lines by stimulating the production of collagen in the skin with the use of tiny needles. Since the face is a microcosmic representation of the entire body, balance to the rest of the body can also be affected.

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