For 5,000 years the Chinese have known that a balanced, harmonious body is necessary for optimal health. Ancient Chinese physicians and temple priests studied nature over thousands of years and discovered how to interact with it. Chinese herbs are complementary to acupuncture, and are prescribed based on the diagnosis of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctors. Herbs are the medicinal components in holistic healing. Chinese herbs are specifically used to create decoctions, teas, capsules or tablets and are a very powerful part of healing process.
Moxibustion is the traditional Chinese medicine technique of the burning of moxa (Mugwort), a herb that is often rolled into a cigar shape. It is used to warm selected points and is often a supplement to acupuncture.
The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years. It is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient's skin. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), cupping involves placing glass or plastic cups on the skin with a vacuum. In TCM terms, cupping relieves stagnation. The bruises resulting from cupping are not painful and only last a few days. Patients with the following diseases and disorders can benefit from cupping:
- digestive disorders
- gynecological disorders
- common cold
- back neck
- pain and many more.
Tui Na is an amazing massage. It invigorates blood, increases circulation, relieves pain, soothes stress and eases tense and tight muscles. It is a hands on body treatment using a manipulation technique involving holding and pressing the body at acupressure points to directly affect the flow of energy. It is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Chinese herbs, and qigong.