Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
The ancient art and science of acupuncture spans more than 3,000 years. At its root, the Taoist concept of balance between opposites in the universe -- Yin and Yang -- represented by the Tai, Chi, symbol. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, also known as TCM, the stimulation of the 365 acupuncture points located along the 12 Meridians affects the flow of Qi. Where there is stasis or stagnation, unblocking occurs, and where there is deficiency, Qi is strengthened in order to promote proper Blood flow and the nourishment of the internal organs. The Organs (Heart, Lung, Kidney, Liver, etc) are responsible not only for carrying out their physiological jobs (pump blood, exchange oxygen, regulate fluid metabolism, and detoxify the blood) in TCM, but have an energetic influence on our emotions (Joy, Grief, Fear, and Anger). As a result, the physical and emotional health of the individual is properly supported and balanced, and, in combination with proper activity and diet, one achieves good health and longevity!
We exclusively use Japanese style, single-use, sterile acupuncture needles from Seirin for painless and safe insertion.
“I have chronic pain related to cervical osteoarthritis and spinal fusion surgery. Acupuncture has really helped manage my pain, and reduced my need for pain medication.”
Chinese herbal pharmacology comprises the other main modality within TCM. Michael's training includes both single herb and classical formula prescription. Utilized in combination with acupuncture therapy, herbal formulas can help a variety of issues including painful or irregular menstruation, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, diminished fertility and chronic allergies. To ensure our patient's safety, we always discuss any herbal formula recommendations with a patient's medical doctor to eliminate potential antagonism with their prescription medication.
We stock herbal formulas manufactured by Honso Pharmaceuticals who employ Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and screen for heavy metals and pesticides.
Cupping is a technique using small glass jars as suction devices. The cups are generally applied to the back and placed over acupuncture points or moved along the back meridians. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles and encourage blood flow. Traditionally, cupping was used to help respiratory problems, but it is also very effective at treating chronic neck & back pain.
Manual therapies like acupressure or Tui Na may be used in combination with acupuncture therapy to enhance treatment of muskuloskeletal disorders.