Chinese Medicine



What is Chinese Medicine?
How Does Acupuncture Work?
What Will My Treatment Feel Like?
Chinese Herbal Therapy
Safety, Quality and Purity
Do I Have to Be Sick to Benefit from Treatment?
Conditions Treated

What is Chinese Medicine? top

Chinese medicine is a holistic healing system used to treat specific conditions, improve immune function, prevent disease and promote vibrant health. It is comprised of a unique system of diagnosis, acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary modification and breathing exercises.  Reflecting its cultural origins, it continues to recognize the interconnections between body, mind and spirit.

Acupuncture
One of the oldest and most commonly used healing techniques in the world, acupuncture originated in China approximately 2,000 years ago. It involves the placement of very fine, flexible needles at specific points along energetic pathways on the body.  Practiced throughout East Asia for nearly 1,500 years acupuncture has spread worldwide, and is at the forefront of complementary medical care in the U.S.

Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine also originated at least 2,000 years ago. Over two millennia Chinese physicians have systematically observed and classified more than 5,000 plant, animal and mineral substances according to their medicinal effect.

How Does Acupuncture Work? top

The Chinese View

The ancient Chinese discovered that energy flows from the organs to the rest of the body along regular pathways. They called this energy qi — or vital force — and observed that when qi flows freely there is health and vitality, and when qi stagnates there is pain and disease.

Acupuncture points are specific areas on these pathways where the energy flow is most accessible. Stimulation of acupuncture points influences the flow of qi, relieving pain and restoring physiological balance.

The Western View

Scientific research has shown that acupuncture improves immune function and stimulates the nervous system. This prompts the release of chemicals and hormones that enhance the body’s natural regulating and pain-control systems, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.

For scientific explanations of acupuncture and PubMed acupuncture research abstracts please see Resources.

What Will My Treatment Feel Like? top

Acupuncture is generally painless, as the needles are very fine and flexible. Treatments last 20 to 40 minutes during which time the client lies in a warm room with soothing music playing. Most clients experience a deep state of relaxation and enhanced sense of well-being.

Chinese Herbal Therapy top

Herbal therapy can be an important adjunct to acupuncture treatment. Herbs are generally prescribed as a “formula” — a combination of 2 to 15 herbs that are designed to treat specific conditions. Herbal formulas can help enhance immune function. They can also treat pain, respiratory and throat problems, digestive, gynecological and genitourinary disorders, emotional imbalances, skin problems and many other conditions.

Of the 5,000 plant, animal and mineral substances that Chinese physicians have systematically studied over two millennia, about 500 are commonly used by practitioners in the U.S. The majority of these substances are plant-based.

Amy is part of a large community of Chinese medicine practitioners who support the environmentally responsible use of Chinese herbs. She stocks no products containing endangered plant or animal species.

Safety, Quality and Purity top

Herbal formulas are gentle yet potent. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, side effects from properly used Chinese medicinal herbs are very rare.

Amy’s priorities in selecting herbal products are efficacy, quality and purity. She uses only herbal products by those adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). All herbal remedies are tested for harmful adulterants such as bacteria, heavy metals and pesticides. Herbal products are available in tincture and capsule form.

Acupuncture is a very safe form of medical treatment. Amy uses only sterile disposable needles.

Do I Have to be Sick to Benefit from Treatment? top

No. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy can be used for prevention as well as treatment. You do not have to feel sick to experience their benefits.

The in-depth initial health history often reveals the presence of subtle physiological imbalances. Addressing these imbalances with Chinese medicine normalizes the flow of qi (energy) through the body, promoting health and vitality. Left untreated imbalances have the potential to progress to illness or disease.

Conditions Treated top

Pain
Respiratory
Eye, Ear & Throat
Emotions
Digestive
Womens’ Health
Reproductive & Genitourinary
Skin
Miscellaneous

Pain

  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Athletic injuries
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Migraine
  • Headache
  • Ankle sprain
  • Focal dystonia
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Muscle pain, sprains & weakness
  • Snapping hip syndrome (tight iliotibial band)
  • Temperomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy) & trigeminal neuralgia

Respiratory

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds, flu & cough

Eye, Ear & Throat

  • Laryngitits
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Vision problems
  • Tinnitus

Emotions

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

Digestive

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Nausea, indigestion, bloating & ulcers
  • Liver & gallbladder disorders
  • Constipation & hemorrhoids
  • Diarrhea & colitis

Womens’ Health

  • Amenorrhea
  • Menopausal discomfort
  • Menstrual pain & irregularity
  • Premenstrual syndrome

Reproductive & Genitourinary

  • Urinary tract & bladder infections
  • Infertility

Skin

  • Eczema, hives, rashes & acne
  • Herpes & shingles

Miscellaneous