The literal meaning of Acupuncture is “needle piercing.” As the name suggests, the procedure involves inserting thin, solid stainless steel needles at specific points on the body to stimulate, disperse and balance the flow or energy, relieve pain, and treat a variety of chronic, acute and degenerative conditions.
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine draws on ancient practices, herbal medicine is as old as humanity itself. Chinese herbs are prescribed to normalize imbalanced energy, or Qi, that runs through invisible meridians in the body. These herbs are successful in treating a range of disorders.
Cupping is the modern term for an ancient medical treatment popular in Asian and Arab cultures. Once suction is created, the cups are placed on the skin (usually the back) and moved across the body. This creates a negative energy flow, which can counteract the current state of stagnation.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique which involves the burning of mug-wort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. It is often paired in treatment with acupuncture. The purpose of moxibustion is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of energy, and maintain general health.
Reflexology is the art of using specific touch techniques, (pressure point therapy) on reflex maps believed to resemble the human form on the feet, hands, and ears to achieve relaxation and balance in the body. By ‘working’ these areas, the corresponding organs are stimulated, toxic deposits are released and self-healing promoted.
Ear acupuncture, also known as auricular therapy, is based on the principles of TCM. Auricular therapy is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and other conditions. This medical system emphasizes a holistic approach to medicine, an approach that treats the whole person.
Guided imagery is a relaxation technique that purposely guides thoughts and beliefs to achieve a desired outcome. It is based on the concept that your body and mind are connected. Using all of your senses, your body seems to respond as though what you are imagining is real. Guided imagery is used it to: promote relaxation, lower blood pressure and reduce stress.
They say you are what you eat and in some ways, that statement is true. Many health experts believe that eating more whole foods is our best bet for improving health and preventing disease. Whole foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and legumes retain their fiber as well as the whole portfolio of beneficial phytochemicals and nutrients that are often removed in processed foods.
The term "aromatherapy" refers to the therapeutic application of plant essential oils. There is a growing research and clinical studies that points to the remarkable healing properties of essential oils. The healing potential of essential oils range from creating an aroma to generate a relaxing environment, reduce stress, uplift, stimulate and restore physical and emotional well-being.