Below is a list of the different types of Oriental Medicine Therapies.
Acupuncture is a 3,000 year old natural and safe therapy that is used to heal illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. Thin needles are inserted into specific points in the body,
where they trigger the body’s natural healing response. Acupuncture is effective for controlling pain, promoting circulation, and regulating the body’s physiological functions to treat
various internal dysfunction and disorders.
Is a type of acupuncture that helps in facial rejuvenation.
Auricular acupuncture is one of the widely used microsystems within Chinese medicine. It is used to treat conditions that are present anywhere in the body.
Scalp Acupuncture is effective in treating stroke, pain, numbness, chest disorders, emotional issues, gastric disorders, paralysis, cataract impairment, disturbance of balance and Liver and Gall Bladder disorders.
Electro-Acupuncture is the use of electrical current attached to Acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the Acupuncture points. The purpose of this technique is to provide
continued stimulation of Acupuncture points throughout the treatment without causing tissue damage or harm to the patient.
Electro-Acupuncture is effective in treating neurological disorders (spasms, convulsions, paralysis), chronic pain conditions, Kidney & Gall Bladder stones, sports/physicial injuries (sparins, pulls, tears, fractures), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), anxiety, depression, and stress.
NOTE: The patient above is being treated for chronic knee pain.
Cupping is a form of Ancient Chinese therapy.
Cupping therapy is a treatment in which the practitioner creates suction in a cup, usually by means of heat. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available.
Cupping, the technique, is very useful and very safe!
Gua Sha (Scraping Technique)
Gua Sha is based on the skin theory of traditional Chinese medicine: by using tools such as jade, ox horn or cupping jars with liniment on, scraping and rubbing repeatedly the relevant parts of the skin, to dredge the channel, and activate blood circulation to dissipate blood stasis. Regular Skin Scraping is helpful to adjust the qi, relieve fatigue, and improve one’s immune system.
A practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick (roughly the shape and size of a cigar) and holds it an inch or two away from the skin, usually around the inserted needles to bring mild warmth to the area without burning, until the skin becomes slightly red. The intensity of the heat is adjusted according to the patient’s condition and comfort. Indirect moxa is considered to induce a gradual localized vasodilatation response. In addition to increasing the local blood flow, skillful indirect moxibustion is extremely comforting and can create a deep relaxation response.
This technique is used to warm acupuncture points
A small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned on the skin. Direct moxibustion is a traditional technique considered to be very therapeutic.
The effectiveness of direct moxibustion particularly on immune function has been reported as early as 1927 by Dr. Shimetaro Hara.
In an attempt to prevent skin damage, some Acupuncturists place a medium (slice of ginger, topical paste, etc.) between the skin and the burning moxa or extinguish the burning moxa just before it reaches the skin.
Tui Na (Chinese Massage)
Tui Na is bodywork therapy that has been utilized in China for over 2,000 years. It is a type of bodywork that uses energy flow and the use of accupressure points to harmonize your body to help it naturally heal itself.
Some uses and benefits of Tui Na:
- Helps balance the body by removing Qi obstruction in your body.
- Promotes circulation.
- Clears toxins.
- Helps treat digestive, respiratory and reproductive disorders.
- Treats headaches.
- Useful in treating sinusitis and allergies.
- Used in treatment musculoskeletal disorders such as swelling, pain, numbness and tingling.
- Great for infertility, post childbirth, and menopause.
- Relaxes your body and helps reduce muscle pain.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine use can be traced back to over the past 3,000 years. Along with acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine is a major pillar in Oriental Medicine. It includes substances derived from plants (the leaf, stem, flower, and root), animals, and minerals. Some conventional Chinese Herbs include mint, ginger, licorice, walnut, ginseng, turmeric, cinnamon, fennel, and etc.
Chinese Herbal Medicine involves healing of the whole body (mind, body, spirit). The health benefits include healing and support with digestion, respiration, sleep, circulation, immune defense, detoxification, reproduction, and much more.
Chinese Herbs can be used in singular use or combined with each other to create a Chinese Herbal Medicine prescription. Herbal prescriptions include at least two or more Chinese Herbs. Each Herbal prescription is designed for an individual patient and used to target their specific health condition. Kerry’s education and experience has given her the knowledge to prescribe and customizes Chinese Herbal prescriptions based on her patient’s individual needs and health conditions. Chinese Herbal Medicine can greatly contribute to the success of recovery.
The availability of Chinese Herbal Medicine comes in the form of granules, powders, tablets, capsules, pills, teas, tinctures, liquid extracts, lotions, salves, creams, and poultices.