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, 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 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.
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 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.