Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, encompasses a wide range of holistic treatment modalities that some westerners have never heard of, even though some date as far back as 5,000 years. Acupuncture has been the most popular and more accepted in the west recently, and just in the last 40 years it has also been more extensively researched than it ever has been in the entire history of Chinese Medicine. Chinese herbs and food therapy are just as much a part of TCM as acupuncture, but there is even more! What makes this unique medicine so effective is there are indeed many tools of the trade that TCM practitioners can opt to use to customize a treatment for a each patient. Noninvasive techniques can be just as powerful when used with patient who has a fear of needles or children who benefit greatly from gentler forms of stimulation.
For adults and children alike! People of all ages benefit greatly from touch therapy. In babies, it may be able to help with healthy weight gain, relieve symptoms like discomfort from gas, colic, constipation, and congestion. Massage can help promote growth and enhance immune system function, while assisting with proper neurological and cardiovascular development in children. In pregnancy, labor, or with most kinds of pain management, gently and deeply stimulating acupoints can relieve the pain, move stagnation, and get things moving in the right direction.
In what looks like a cigar or piles of powder, the ancient herb artemisia vulgaris is carefully burned close to the skin to stimulate the dilation of blood vessels improving warmth in the body, relieving pain and stagnation, and generally improving the circulation of blood and vital energy, or Qi.
Cupping & Gua sha
Although different modalities altogether, cupping therapy and Gua Sha therapy have something in common. Most people know cupping through the Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps, with his circular “bruises”, but what appears painful is as uncomfortable and beneficial as a deep tissue massage. Gua Sha has a similar therapeutic component, in which it relieves pain and stagnation of blood, bringing them to the outer layers of the tissues and calling upon the innate healing processes of the body.