Modalities of Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Moxibustion : 针灸

Acupuncture is both the art and skill of using very fine needles, puncturing the skin generally between 1cm and 4cm, in specific regions on the body and “grasping qi” or in other words obtaining a physiological connection between the body and the needle (this connection goes deeper than just physiological but I will stick with that for now). The depth of the needle depends on many factors, for example: whether or not there is a bone or organ directly underneath or if there is a lot of adipose tissue or muscle underneath… read more

Tui Na 推拿, Gua Sha 刮痧 & Cupping therapy 拔罐

Tui Na literally translated as “push and grab” is a therapeutic massage treatment which involves many techniques incorporated into a practitioner’s tuina treatment. With the specific techniques, the practitioner manipulates the joints, muscles, tendons and soft tissue of the body to elicit a harmonized fresh flow of blood and or interstitial fluid to such areas. A practitioner does this in order to help the body circulate healthy blood and fluid to the injured site which catalyzes a healing response. During a tuina treatment… read more

Qi Gong :氣功

Qi Gong is an exercise practice involving the coordination of physical movements and stretches, respiration, mindfullness, and relaxation on a complete and whole-self level. It is difficult to assign one word to accurately and culturally translate the word Qi, however looking at the traditional character 氣 we can see where the simplified character obtained the multiple meanings of air, force, the action and evidence of steaming a pot of rice. In the traditional character the lower part 米 is a pictograph of riceread more

The Pharmacopea of Traditional Chinese Medicine : 中药学

Medicinal Formulas are complex, well designed, infusions which can contain any number of plant parts, animal parts, sea creatures, shells, minerals, or fruit parts. A majority of the most common herbal formulas contain mainly plant parts including roots, leaves, flowers and stems. The formulas are designed based upon the presentation and diagnosis of the patient, as well the patient’s environment and predisposition. The formulas’ functions and the individual herbs’ functions are categorized by flavorsread more

Diet and Nutrition Therapy : 食疗

Shi Liao 食疗 precisely means food that heals an illness. And in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is often the most resourceful tool to helping a patient heal from a disease and disharmony. It is often forgotten and even more often misunderstood how the food that we eat affects our lives, especially our health. In TCM terms, elements of food, much like TCM formula medicinals, have a temperature quality, flavor qualities, seasonal qualities or when a certain food should or shouldn’t be consumed, energetic nature orread more