About Chinese Medicine

The "Five Branches" of Classical Chinese Medicine are Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Qigong, Tuina, and Feng Shui, but Cupping, Essential Oils, Gua Sha, Gemstones, and Moxabustion are also used extensively in this office. Chinese Medicine is a scientific healing art focused on holistic healing, and is internationally recognized for treating hundreds of conditions. Customized treatments stimulate healing, help manage chronic illnesses, and can prevent the onset of disease.


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What can Chinese Medicine TREAT?

How does Chinese Medicine PREVENT disease?

What makes CLASSICAL Chinese Medicine unique?

What are all these different TECHNIQUES?


In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report on diseases, symptoms, and conditions proven to be treated by Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (see their list HERE)Evidence based research is on-going, and subsequent studies have shown great results with even more symptoms and diseases. No matter what physical or emotional health concern you are experiencing, find out what Chinese Medicine can do!

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Chinese Medicine works by accessing the flow of energy throughout the body in various ways. Whereas the western / allopathic tradition is based primarily on anatomy and physical functioning, Classical Chinese Medicine examines the fine balance of material substances (bones, blood) and immaterial substances (energy, spirit) which must work in harmony to create and sustain life. The texture of the pulse, the tone of the abdomen, the moisture of the tongue coat, the feel of the channels underneath the skin, the energy emanating from the physical form - all of these factors contribute to the diagnostic understanding of how disease develops. By examining these subtle clues, a skilled Classical Practitioner will easily detect the minor shifts that can create disease over time. 

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There are many types of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, all of which differ in focus. Classical Chinese Medicine/CCM was the predominant practice for thousands of years; both Japanese and 5 Element styles are rooted in this rich tradition. After the Communist Revolution the Chinese government eliminated psychology and deeper channel theories from CCM, and inserted western terminology and testing, creating Traditional Chinese Medicine/TCM. Due to the importance Classical Chinese Medicine retained on psychology and the spiritual journey, CCM continues to emphasize the interaction of emotions and stress in the progression of disease, thereby quickly and adeptly diagnosing the underlying root of any condition. By identifying both root and emotional interplay, Classical Chinese Medicine allows clients to take charge of their own healing journey - and feel better faster!​

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Chinese Medicine developed over thousands of years, starting with physical touch, herbal or dietary remedies, and energetic visioning. The field expanded, added more tools to the trade, and became more refined with each passing century. Below are some definitions for the most commonly used techniques in this office.


ACUPUNCTURE can treat almost any condition. It uses sterile, incredibly thin needles placed along the body's most superficial channels of energy in order to adjust deep, internal physiological mechanisms. Suprisingly comfortable, patients often report feeling incredibly relaxed; the most common "side effects" are reduced stress, better sleep, and improved digestion. 


CUPPING lifts local stagnation from chronic tension spots up to the surface channels to be processed. Clients typically experience less pain during treatment and more long-lasting results than with traditional massage. Besides tension spots, Cupping is also indicated for numbness, chest congestion and asthma. Read about cupping at the 2016 Olympics HERE.

ESSENTIAL OILS gently activate points on the same channels of energy that Acupuncture uses. Ideal for "Conditions of the Spirit," Essential Oils can address any form of emotional turmoil, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Because they resonate with quick-moving energy, they are used extensively in Pediatric treatments.

GEMSTONES address problems that have developed over a long time, especially those related to life-long or "Constitutional" issues. A Gemstone Remedy contains 2 - 7 stones that can be worn, carried, or soaked in water to create an internal elixir.


Chinese HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS can treat almost any condition. Both internal and external formulas work by targeting the underlying patterns that allowed physical symptoms to develop. For chronic conditions, Herbs are recommended for a 2 - 12 week course, followed by re-evaluation; acute conditions may be only a 5 - 7 day course. 

MEDICAL QIGONG (chih-gong) uses simple hand gestures to activate the body's own energetic forces and promote deep-level healing for any condition of the body-mind-spirit. Most clients experience a sensation of warmth or tingling in the area being treated, but some may also see colors, hear sounds, or feel strong emotions. In this office, it is frequently combined with Acupuncture, Tuina, or other techniques.


Chinese MEDICAL NUTRITION focuses on the energy of foods and how they interact with the presenting symptoms. There are foods that are cold, some that are hot, foods that dry out the body, and those that "engender fluids." This information is used to make educated dietary decisions to reduce or eliminate symptoms, helping promote long-term wellness and relief.


SHONISHIN (show-knee-shin) is the Japanese term for needle-free Pediatric treatments; this is the primary modality for clients under 10 years of age but can be done for sensitive clients of any age. Small tools, hands-on techniques, Acupressure Beads, Essential Oils, and easy stretches gently activate the energetic channels and points. 


TUINA (twih-nah) is a therapeutic bodywork unique to Chinese Medicine with similarities to Shiatsu, Thai Massage, or An Ma. Tuina has many different "strokes" and styles, can be gentle or vigorous, and is adaptable for any sensitivity level. By itself Tuina is ideal for treating muscular tension, stress reduction, and emotional well-being, but it can also be combined with Medical Qigong therapy or used to integrate other treatment styles.

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