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Some conditions that Chinese medicine may help with:

  • Fertility and IVF

  • Pregnancy, labor & postpartum

  • Menstrual & other gynecological issues

  • Menopause

  • Male fertility and sexual disfunction

  • Migraines & headaches

  • Musculoskeletal problems (arthritis, acute & chronic pain, sports injuries, etc.)

  • Digestive & bowel issues

  • Sleep issues

  • Autoimmune disorders

  • Psycho-emotional issues (depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, etc.)

  • Skin complaints (eczema, psoriasis, urticaria, etc.)

  • Scar tissue rejuvenation

  • Pulmonary complaints (asthma, COPD, etc,)

  • ENT

  • Chronic fatigue and long COVID

  • Neurological conditions

Chinese medicine is comprised of five pillars (acupuncture, moxibustion, herbs/diet, massage, qi gong). A session may incorporate several pillars. The modalities below reflect the five pillars of Chinese medicine. 

Acupuncture: The insertion of sterile single use needles to regulate the body's qi and resolve blockages.

Cupping: The use of hand-pump or fire cups placed on the body to create a vacuum and bring fresh blood to the area. Cupping is often used for, but not limited to, musculoskeletal conditions. The marks left from cupping are therapeutic, non-traumatic, and typically painless. Bruises are caused by trauma rupturing capillaries, while cupping pulls the blood to the surface to resolve stagnation. It may take 3-6 days for the marks to disappear.

 

Gua Sha: Gua means “to scrape” and sha means “red sand”. This is a scraping technique used with oil applied first to the skin and creates a similar looking effect to cupping. It is also often used for, but not limited to, musculoskeletal conditions and may take 3-6 days for the marks to resolve.

 

Tui Na: Tui means “to push” and Na means “to grasp”. It is a form of Chinese medical massage utilizing the acupuncture channels. It is performed with the clothes on and incorporates several pushing, grasping, rolling, and pulling techniques.

 

Electro-Acupuncture: We connect the needles to a small machine, commonly known as a TENS machine, that sends an electrical current through the needles to stimulate points and areas. Often used for musculoskeletal conditions, scalp acupuncture, and to tonify yang.

Moxibustion: The burning of the herb mugwart (moxa) over regions and specific points to warm and nourish the body's Qi and Blood. Mugwart may come in several forms like a cigar or packed into small cones.

Herbs: Chinese formulas reflect the Chinese diagnosis and are used together rather than as singular herbs. Many Western herbs are included within the Chinese pharmacopeia. Herbs may be ingested via tablets, granules or decoctions.
 

Dietary Advice: Food and lifestyle are major contributors to our inner balance. Following your session you will receive advice on what you can do at home.

Qi Gong: A moving-stretching-breathing meditation formed by a sequence of moves aimed at moving the qi through the channels and guiding the breath. Qi gong is a gentle exercise for people of any level or interest. It helps to build qi, improve well being, balance, strength, mood and energy.

Microneedling/Nanoneedling: The rapid and shallow insertion of fine, small needles across the dermis or epidermis. This treatment encourages the production of collagen and elastin to help with skin rejuvenation, scar and acne treatment, skin discoloration, wrinkles, puffiness, hair-loss and more. We integrate an acupuncture treatment in to the session in order to address underlying disharmony and incorporate Chinese herbs in to the topical serums applied during the procedure. This is a modern day approach to an ancient and still used Chinese medical needling technique called plum blossom needling. You can read more by clicking here.

Chinese medicine dates back over 2,000 years. Based on Taoism, it is founded upon the concept of Qi (vital force/ energy) and it's smooth flow throughout the body. Along with the Blood, the Qi runs through the channels and permeates all tissues and organs. The Chinese medical perspective sees patients as whole beings, rather than separate isolated complaints. When there is pain or dysfunction this is a representation of the loss of equilibrium in the body and working with your practitioner will help to restore this balance through the pillars of Chinese medicine.

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