Chinese Medicine has
enjoyed a continuous 5000-year history. It encompasses Acupuncture,
Massage, Nutrition, Exercise and other adjunct therapies. This tradition began to
grow in the Western world in the early 1970’s.
It addresses the whole person, and is
particularly suited to chronic and
idiopathic conditions in addition to general wellness.
traditional Chinese explanation of Acupuncture is that channels
energy (meridians) run in regular patterns throughout the body. An
obstruction in the flow of energy in the meridians can
cause pain or disharmony. Inserting
very fine, sterile needles or applying heat at precise Acupuncture
influence the meridians. Acupuncture
needles unblock obstruction and re-establish regular energy (Qi) flow
the body, which can affect problems on the surface, in the extremities,
influence internal organ functions.
Shiatsu is a
Japanese form of therapeutic massage. During a session the receiver
lies on a
mat comfortably clothed. Treatment consists of stretches and pressure
the practitioner’s thumbs, palms, elbows and feet, as well as other
Shiatsu works to unblock or enhance the Qi and balances energy
body, regulating the internal organs.
Herbs have been
the most important tool for healing throughout most of human
history. The Chinese developed an incredibly sophisticated
consisting of thousands of single agents as well as elegant, effective
Formulas are customized to address each person’s needs, identified
codified diagnostic techniques. Herbal tradition in our culture has
suppressed, despite its richness. This situation is changing due to a
movement. A trained Herbalist is aware of possible side effects as well
interactions with prescription drugs. Herbs can be administered in a
forms, and course of treatment varies depending upon the condition.
Oils constitute a branch of
Herbalism. A vast
amount of plant material is used to yield a small bottle of oil, thus
they are highly concentrated. They
are particularly suited to treating skin, respiratory,
muscular problems. Use
oils on specific acupuncture points is a new and powerful modality.