Traditional East Asian Medicine
Traditional East Asian Medicine is a complete system of medicine that originated in China over two thousand years ago. It refers to a wide range of theories and practices that developed over time throughout different parts of China as well as distinct traditions of medicine that developed after being brought to other parts of Eastern and Southeastern Asia, including Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.
There are many different modalities or forms of treatment that I incorporate into my practice. I will determine what seems most beneficial for you at the time of your visit and will tailor the treatment accordingly.
Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Acupuncture is the main technique that I will use during a treatment. Acupuncture involves the insertion of (very thin) needles at particular points on the body. Please see the FAQ section for answers to common questions about the experience of receiving acupuncture.
Moxibustion involves the burning of dried mugwort (a chinese herb) to produce heat. Moxa comes in various forms and there are many ways of applying the heat both directly to the skin (with protective ointment) or indirectly. The effects depend on the specific type of moxa and technique used.
I will sometimes utilize non-needling techniques in order to stimulate acupuncture points. I may use my hands, small metal tools created specifically for these purposes, and/or small magnets or metal beads to create an ionic current along channels. These techniques can be helpful for patients who are especially sensitive to needles, for babies, and for individuals with very depleted energy.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine involves the utilization of a wide variety of herbs. I completed the herbal program during my training, which involved an additional 600 hours of instruction and training on how to utilize Chinese herbal medicine. If I feel that it is relevant for your treatment, I may prescribe an herbal formula for you.
Traditional East Asian Medicine also includes many forms of bodywork. These techniques often work on the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, fascia, etc.).
Tuina is a form of Chinese medical massage and shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork. They are both grounded in Traditional East Asian medical theory. Tuina and shiatsu are ideally administered with the receiver fully clothed and often include both pressure and stretching.
Cupping is a form of suction therapy that can feel similar to a massage, but instead of compressing the muscles, it creates space between muscles. Cupping can release adhesions and improve circulation in muscles, fascia, and connective tissues. The marks you may have seen on someone who has received cupping are not like what you think of as typical bruises and are not painful or tender to the touch.
Gua sha is a technique that involves “scraping” the skin and underlying tissues with a smooth rounded instrument. It works similarly to cupping in that it can release adhesions and improve circulation in the muscles, fascia and connective tissues.