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Chinese Medicine  

When practiced in its classical form, Chinese Medicine discerns patterns of disharmony by symptoms, observation, palpation, pulse and tongue diagnosis.  One of the strengths of this system is that because as the root cause of the complaint is discovered symptoms are more quickly resolved. Without addressing the root, symptoms may not be resolved properly and true health will remain elusive.

The following treatment modalities fall under the umbrella of Chinese Medicine:

Herbal Medicine
Plant, mineral and animal preparations are used singly or in combination to treat disharmonies.  In cases of chronic symptoms, these remedies are particularly useful.

Acupuncture
Needles are placed strategically along meridian pathways on points which influence the quality, direction and flow of energy, or chi in the body. 

Emerging over 3,000 years ago. Traditional Chinese Medicine is the oldest continuously practiced form of medicine on earth. Its origins are based on shamanic practices that formed the basis of Taoist philosophy which is the foundation of the principles of Chinese Medicine now in use.

Moxibustion

This technique involves use of a lit Moxa stick (made of Mugwort i.e. Artemis Vulgaris)  held some distance over the skin to warm the acupuncture points, or in a device called a Tiger Warmer, which allows the safe application of the unique radiant properties of moxa on the face.  Moxibustion open channels, dispels cold and damp conditions and is especially beneficial for deficiencies.  It  makes an excellent tool for self care.  A famous example is  moxa used to warm last point of the Bladder Channel, to turn a breech baby safely and effectively.

Cupping
Cupping involves the use of suction cups to bring toxins to the surface of the skin, move stagnant energy and promote circulation.  This technique has a historical use in Latin, Middle Eastern and Eastern European cultures as well.   It may leave a reddish-purplish mark on your skin for a week, but many find this temporary discoloration worth the relief they get.

Guasha
Guasha involves the gentle scraping of the skin with a ceramic spoon or a jade tool after a thin film of lubricant or ointment is applied.  Its function is similar to cupping, and is also useful to stimulate the defensive energy or wei chi (the immune system), treating muscle aches and pains not responsive to massage, and diminish the appearance of cellulite.  It may also leave purplish streaks which diminish over the course of a week.

Diet Therapy and Nutrition
In the Chinese perspective, foods have energetic qualities that impact digestion and assimilation.  You may be advised to avoid or include certain foods based on your condition and to eat harmoniously with the seasons to keep your body in balance.

Breathwork and Meridian Stretching
These techniques allow you to participate more fully in creating a health state in your body and manage stress more effectively.
 
Qi Gong
Qi Gong is an over 4,000 years old Chinese exercise for building one’s energy and self healing through slow and graceful movements combined with breath control and meditation.

Qi Gong can be translated as Chi (chee) breath or energy, and Gong (gong) work or practice.

The benefits of Qi Gong include the reduction of stress, improving muscle endurance, enhancing focus and concentration, bolsters immune response, accelerates metabolism, digestion and elimination, promotes weight loss, improves circulation, enhances quality of sleep, helps develop dexterity and reflexes,  helps prevent osteoporosis, promotes emotional balance, helps one relax and be more peaceful.

Regular practice of Qi Gong promotes a profound connection to nature, the universe and other human beings. The realization of these connections comes from the experience and understanding of Qi (the life force that animates our bodies). Qi Gong promotes a peaceful mind, an energized body, and a calm spirit that is more capable of dealing with daily stresses.

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