Traditional Chinese Medicine


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a broad term to describe the various forms of therapies used in China for over 2,000 years. As China’s primary source of healthcare, TCM encompasses Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tui Na, Qi Gong and dietary therapies. One of the important aspects of TCM is the emphasis on prevention of disease, treatment of disease, and promotion of a long and healthy life.


Acupuncture is an ancient holistic approach used as preventive care and treatment of disease. This non-invasive approach stimulates the body’s immune system to correct imbalances that may have caused a current state of illness and disease.

Through the use of small sterile needles, Acupuncture is able to balance the flow of energy or life force (Qi). Qi is believed to flow through pathways (meridians), that correspond to the different internal organs of the body. Stimulation of certain meridians and acupuncture points allow the body to naturally correct the imbalances of Qi that may have become congested or stagnant. When the flow of Qi is able to move freely, the body is in optimal health.


Moxibustion (moxa) is an important complementary therapy to acupuncture to help promote healing, strengthen the body, improve the immune system and stimulate proper flow of Qi in the body.

Moxibustion is the burning of an herb known as mugwort. Moxa is used in various forms such as, directly onto the skin, indirectly with acupuncture needles or in a stick form. These various forms all help to promote healing in the body in different ways.

Herbal Medicine

The use of classical Chinese herbal formulas, aids in the prevention and treatment of illness naturally, with little to no side effects. Herbal formulas are customized to the patient’s current condition and can be prescribed in many forms, such as, teas, granules, pills or capsules.


Cupping is another complementary therapy in Chinese Medicine. Cups are placed on the skin by creating a vacuum with the use of heat or suction. This aids in improving blood flow in an affected area to promote healing. This therapy can leave temporary marks on the skin that usually fades within a week.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a scrapping method that uses various tools to stimulate blood flow in areas of the body that have become congested or stagnate. Many commonly used tools used in Gua Sha are ceramic spoons, coins, even honed animal bones, or jade. This therapy can also leave temporary marks on the skin that usually fade in 2-4 days.


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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine