Chinese Medical Diagnosis
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, examination of the tongue, including the colour, shape and type of coating, is one of the primary methods of determining your state of health. The practitioner will also take your pulse in three positions at the wrist of each hand. There are 28 different shapes of pulses and, together with the tongue, they provide a window into the condition of the organs of the body. The practitioner will also ask many specific questions about the quality of your sleep, level of appetite, and frequency of bowel movements, which also help to make an accurate diagnosis.
There are 14 main meridians that run throughout the body like a miniature system of railways. They work together to govern the flow of bodily energy (Qi), passing through organs and connecting the senses. Along the meridians lie hundreds of acupuncture points, like subway stops where energy can be added or released. Where there is pain along these meridians, there is energy blockage. Over time, the blockage can affect the flow of energy along the other meridians, adversely affecting other seemingly unrelated regions of the body and the internal organs. As a result, the discomfort felt from relatively minor symptoms can be the outward indication of disease or imbalance inside the body. Acupuncture needles act like switches on the railway to redirect energy to different meridians, or to slow down or increase the flow.
Only sterile, individually sealed, one-time use disposable needles are used at the Eastern Healing Center. These needles are much thinner than the needles used to draw blood for a blood test and so insertion is generally painless. Light electrical current may be applied to the needles in order to increase the stimulus to the needle and to the tissue.
Traditional Chinese herbs work in conjunction with acupuncture to affect the flow of energy through the body. Herbs are usually ingested by drinking tea or are taken in pill form or, in certain cases, may be applied directly to the skin. The herbs are a combination of dried roots, twigs, bark, leaves, seeds, fruit and flowers. Most come from plants indigenous to China, though some can also be found in North America. Many are specially prepared to enhance their properties or to have greater affect on a specific organ.
Remedial Massage Therapy
Used for both relaxation and treatment for pain, also helpful for fertility issues and more.
Iontophoresis is a method for delivering herbal medicine trans dermal. Can be used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as reducing inflation, for planter falsities, bursts, tendentious, arthritis, as well as patients who have had joint replacement to help with circulation, and prevent of scar tissue. It is also good for women who have chronic yeast infections and female health problems.
Fire Dagon Therapy with Herbal Paste
Fire Dagon Therapy with Herbal Paste is good for those who are always cold, have chronic, stress related illness, joint inflammation and pain, arthritis, female health issues such as menstrual cramps, irregular periods, and infertility. Fire Dagon Therapy is also used for people suffering from severe diarrhea.
Know of someone who is always cold, even in the summer time? Or know someone who has a constant runny nose, sinus issues or gets sick quite often? Know of someone (even children) who have breathing issue or asthma? People who have lowered immunity those who need help with bronchitis or sinus. While anytime during the year is good to start to tackle these issues, the summer time is the best. Dr. Lin Liu has a herbal paste treatment that can help, administered during the three of four hottest days during the summer (dates and prices vary each year). Call our office and we can answer any questions you may have.
Chinese Massage (Tui Na)
Tui Na is probably the oldest system of bodywork still practiced and yet its popularity continues to grow. It is the most tried and tested hands-on therapy in the world. It is a very vigorous massage; every technique involves both movement and pressure. Besides just working the soft tissues and joints, the practitioner focuses on the meridians and Qi (energy) points to remove blockages to the flow of Qi. Tui Na not only treats chronic pain (especially that which is caused by muscle-skeletal conditions and injuries) but improves the overall Qi status of the body, helping to relieve other conditions like headaches, migraines, IBS, constipation, PMS and a whole range of emotional problems.
CranioSacral Therapy uses a light, focused touch to optimize the body’s “cranial wave”, the wave-like motion of cerebral-spinal fluid which circulates inside the dural membrane containing the brain and spinal cord. Distorted cranial wave motion can consume or divert energy leading to many problems. CranioSacral Therapy can effectively treat headache, migraine, neck and lower back pain, ADD/ADHD, whiplash, vertigo, tinnitus and recurrent middle ear infections, TMJ dysfunction and mental disturbances such as depression and anxiety.
Acupressure is one of the manipulations used in Chinese massage which works the acupoints, following the same principles as acupuncture but using the hands to work the points as opposed to needles.
The health of the body is reflected in the face; many of the acupuncture meridians run through the face and head. Acufacials can help with acne, freckles and wrinkles, as well as improving skin tone and circulation to the face. First, Helen cleans the face with a cream. Next, she massages the face. She then does Gua Sha on the face, a technique very popular in China right now. She finishes with a special mask she prepares using all natural ingredients like green tea.
Best when used in combination with our regular acufacial treatment, needles are placed on the face and head to increase the circulation of blood and energy to the face. Facelift acupuncture improves the luster and tone of the skin and reduces the prominence of wrinkles. Not only will you get the glow back in your face but you will also be improving your overall health.
Ear candling is an ancient technique for safely cleaning the ear. The base of a special hollow beeswax candle is inserted into the ear. The opposite end of the candle is lit, creating a gentle vacuum, which pulls built-up earwax into the shaft of the candle. It can provide great relief for people who suffer from chronic ear infections, balance problems, sinus congestion and headaches, or for people who have difficulty with their ears during air travel. Ear candling can easily be done on children as well.
In use for nearly 3000 years, cupping can treat everything from chronic back pain to asthma or the common cold. The traditional and most effective technique is that of fire cupping. Suction is created in the cups by quickly placing fire inside before they are applied to the skin. The suction stimulates the flow of blood and qi, draws out impurities, alleviates pain and reduces swelling and illness.
This ancient treatment is commonly used to treat pain and acute or chronic disorders but can also treat and prevent the common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma and congestion of Qi (energy) and blood. Oil is applied to lubricate the skin and then it is rubbed with a rounded piece of horn. If there is blood stasis, marks will appear on the skin which usually fade in two to four days. Gua sha is usually applied to the back, neck, shoulders and limbs. It improves circulation and normalizes metabolic processes. When applied to the face as part of our acufacial treatment, the gentle pressure causes no marks to appear. It improves circulation and the appearance of wrinkles and freckles, and also reduces blood vessel obstruction and extracts toxins.
Reiki is a Japnese energy healing technique that promotes relaxation and stress reduction. Reiki is a non-manipulative, “hands-on” technique that maximizes on individual’s innate healing potential.