Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive system of medicine developed over the past few thousand years. The basic tenet is that our bodies’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health is maintained by a system of energy (known as “qi”).

Chinese Medicine consists of four major branches: acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui Na (Chinese medical massage), and Qi Gong (pronounced “chee gong” – energy exercise). Each of these branches uses a different set of tools to help bring your unique system back into energetic balance, allowing you to attain your optimal level of health.

The underlying principle for each of these branches of medicine is that our bodies’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health is maintained by a system of energy (“qi”). When this system becomes disrupted or thrown out of balance in some way, we suffer symptoms. These symptoms come together to form a “pattern,” telling the practitioner how best to help your system come back to and maintain balance, i.e. overall health.

All branches of Chinese Medicine can be used to facilitate healing; your individualized program may involve one or several different techniques. Short-term conditions generally take only a few treatments to resolve, whereas longer-term and chronic conditions may take a series of treatments over a period of a few months as well as periodic follow-up care to maintain wellness.

In addition to Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu (Japanese medical massage) and Reiki are also available at this facility. Shiatsu is a branch of Japanese medicine closely related to Chinese medicine, and Reiki is a type of energy medicine administered by the laying on of hands. Either Shiatsu or Reiki can be used as their own therapy or as a part of your Chinese Medicine treatment plan.

Elements Acupuncture provides a full range of Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques including:

Acupuncture
Very fine-gauge, sterile needles are inserted into specified locations (or “acupoints”) on the body to release blockages, balance and stimulate Qi.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Taken in the form of pills or individually mixed powders, herbal medicines support and enhance the effects of all other Oriental Medicine techniques, providing you with treatment even when you’re not at an appointment.

Acupressure
Gentle pressing-type therapy along specific energy channels emphasizes specific locations (or “acupoints”) for releasing blocks and balancing Qi.

Cupping
A partial vacuum is created in glass or plastic cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues and works to open the meridians.

Gua Sha
Friction is applied in even, smooth strokes causing “sha” or stagnant blood to surface. The benefits of Gua Sha are numerous and include improved mobility, metabolism, and immunity.

Moxibustion
A process whereby moxa, dried Artemisia leaves, are burned near acupuncture points to provide penetrating heat and influence the flow of Qi in the meridians.

Thai Bodywork
A mixture of pressing along energy lines and yoga, this technique allows you to enjoy the benefits of increased mobility and enhances energy flow throughout the body, while you relax.

Tui Na
Also works with the Chinese Medicine system of energy lines and points, using different types of pressure and stretching to release energy blocks and balance Qi.

Contact Elements Acupuncture to request information or to schedule an appointment.

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