Moxa comes from the herb mugwort(artemesia vulgaris or ai ye), and has been used medicinally in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which “moxa” is burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. It can also be used to move stagnation, dry damp conditions and nourish the yin. This therapy is great for patients with poor digestion, pain, infertility, and menstrual cramping.
Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. Cups are placed on oiled skin with heat to create a vacuum or suction to move stagnated Qi and encourage blood flow. It is used to relieve back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, migraines, high blood pressure, and break up phlegm in the lungs. The cups can be left in place for up to 15 minutes or can be moved around continuously. It is common for the cups to leave small circular bruises that can last anywhere from three to seven days.
When we have an injury or come down with the flu, blood flow is decreased and both lactic and uric acid can get trapped underneath the skin or within muscle tissue due to the lack of lymphatic drainage. Gua sha can help release these toxins by increasing blood flow to the area. Performing gua sha involves taking a spoon or a gua sha tool and repeatedly rubbing or scraping the tool on the skin to produce a petechia. “Sha” or petechia is best defined as the red splotches of metabolic waste products that appear on the skin from rubbing the spoon or tool repeatedly over the affected area. This sha is a positive sign for an initail treatment as it lets you know changes are happening in the underlying muscle tissue and blood flow is incresing to the area.
The origins of Chinese Herbal Medicine date back over 2000 years. Today there are an over 450 species of herbs in use, most of which are of plant origin, but also including materials derived from animal sources and minerals. This treatment compliments acupuncture by restoring yinyang balance in the body while still focusing on the chief complaint at hand. Every formula is custom prescribed for each patient and their specific needs.
Nutrition and exercise are important tools for each patient to address within their treatment plan. Making smart choices about food combining, getting enough exercise, and dietary restrictions can improve the integrity of your gut and in turn help you produce more Qi and blood to decrease symptoms such as fatigue, IBS, and allergies. I provide whole food Standard Process supplements for my patients to make sure they are getting the nutrition they need that they are not getting from their everyday diet. I also highly recommend regular colonics to maintain healthy gut flora and detoxification. You can find more information about colon hydrotherapy and schedule a colonic at clearwayhealth.com
|Aroma Acupoint Therapy
Aroma Acupoint Therapy is a gentle, completely safe and yet profoundly effective treatment modality that utilizes the energetic potential locked within pure essential oils. Treatment involves placing particular oils on specific acupoints or reflex zones on the body in order to trigger energetic changes in the individual that will bring her back to a state of balance. The basic premise is that essential oils, being energetically just as active as acupuncture points, have the ability to stimulate the points in a similar way as needles.