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Welcome to Hilton Acupuncture!  We commend you on taking this step towards renewing your health.  We believe that the body has the ability to heal itself if guided in the proper way.  Traditional Chinese Medicine is a great investment in your quality of health and overall well-being and at Hilton Acupuncture we are committed to meeting your healthcare needs through education, holistic treatment, and guidance.  

Browse our website or give us a call to learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you.  We are excited and ready to assist you on your journey to optimal health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world dating back over four thousand years.  Its basic principles are rooted in the philosophy of Yin and Yang in which all things are interconnected.  TCM views the mind and body as an energetic whole and works to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  

Many of the concepts associated with TCM, such as qi (pronounced “chee”) have no true equivalent in Western medicine.  Qi, often referred to as the vital force or energy, flows through the body via pathways called meridians.  When its flow becomes imbalanced or blocked it can lead to illness, pain, or weakness.  TCM works to correct these imbalances and promote an even flow of qi thereby restoring health and wellness.

While acupuncture is one of the most recognized forms of treatment used, TCM actually consists of a variety of methods designed to restore health and prevent illness including: Chinese Herbal Medicine, Cupping, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, TCM Nutrition, Tui Na, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong.

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Therapeutic Massage

Massage therapy is one of the oldest forms of natural healing with some of its first records dating back thousands of years to Ancient China and Egypt.  It is documented in many ancient texts as a beneficial form of treatment including The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, a standard text used by most schools of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Massage therapy has been found to reduce inflammation, improve recovery time from injury, boost sleep quality, restore energy, improve athletic performance, and reduce stress and anxiety.

Therapeutic massage is a general term used to describe any type of massage therapy that helps restore the body’s natural healing response.  It usually involves a combination of massage techniques and stretching to release muscle tension, increase blood circulation, relieve pain, and improve range of motion. 

The techniques used in therapeutic massage help promote an even flow of qi thereby restoring health and can be used in conjunction with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  The therapeutic massage modalities used at Hilton Acupuncture include deep tissue massage, neuromuscular massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and sports massage. 

Treatment Methods

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing systems in the world and the most recognized treatment modality of TCM.  It consists of the insertion of fine, hair-like needles into specific points along the body.  There are 365 classical acupuncture points, each with a distinct therapeutic action, that are organized into pathways along the body.

Qi, often referred to as the vital force or energy, flows through the body via these pathways.  According to TCM theory qi is the vital force behind the body’s many functions and is responsible for maintaining the body’s healing abilities.  When its flow becomes imbalanced or blocked it can lead to illness, pain, or weakness.  Acupuncture works by activating the body’s qi to restore an even flow throughout the body thereby returning the body to its natural balance.

 

Cupping

Cupping, which dates back to the early fourth century, involves the use of glass cups or globes.  Like other treatment modalities of TCM, cupping stimulates the flow of qi and blood thereby improving blood circulation.

In addition to stimulating the flow of qi and blood, cupping also has the ability to warm the meridians, remove obstructions, and open the pores to help draw toxins out of the body.  It is mainly used to treat respiratory conditions such as cough and asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, and certain types of pain.

 

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is an ancient form of heat therapy that uses the Chinese herb Ai Ye (Mugwort) to warm the meridians and stimulate the flow of qi and blood.  It is believed by some medical historians to even pre-date the use of acupuncture.  By warming the meridians moxibustion can assist the body’s natural healing abilities.

Moxibustion provides a deep penetrating heat which makes it a suitable treatment for cold, damp, or stagnant conditions.  It is clinically effective in the treatment of poor blood circulation, weak immunity, acute & chronic pain conditions, digestive issues, fatigue, frequent urination, and some gynecological disorders.  Daily or weekly use of moxibustion over specific acupuncture points can also prevent illness and promote longevity.

  

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is based on thousands of years of study, observation, and refinement. Its historical use, clinical application, and benefits are well documented in various TCM texts.  It involves the use of berries, seeds, bark, flowers, and leaves for medicinal purposes. Some animal products and mineral substances are also used.

Chinese herbs are categorized according to their primary function and can be further distinguished by their taste, temperature, and ability to influence a specific organ or channel.  Several herbs are often combined to form a Chinese herbal formula based on the patient’s constitution and TCM diagnosis.  Chinese herbal formulas can be prescribed alone or in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.

 

TCM Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential to the healing process when using Traditional Chinese Medicine.  TCM Nutrition differs from Western nutrition in that it focuses on the energetic qualities of foods instead of their biochemical nature.

Dietary recommendations are made based on the individual’s needs in relation to TCM theory and diagnosis.  Like Chinese herbal medicine, foods are selected based on their function, temperature, flavor, and ability to influence a specific organ or channel.

 

TDP Heat Lamp (Far-Infrared Heat)

A TDP heat lamp is a heating device that consists of a mineral coated clay plate.  This form of heat has the ability to warm the meridians, decrease inflammation, increase blood flow, improve circulation, and relieve pain.  A TDP heat lamp may be used during treatment to either enhance the effects of treatment or for your comfort.

 

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to release tension, increase blood circulation, and improve range of motion.  It is often used in conjunction with acupuncture and TCM to relieve pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall health and wellness.  Therapeutic massage modalities used at Hilton Acupuncture include deep tissue massage, neuromuscular massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and sports massage.