The Pantheon of Chinese Medicine is not just Acupuncture. It also includes cupping, moxibustion, massage, herbal remedies, nutrition, Tai Chi, QiGong.
Creative Wellbeing Chinese Medicine
- Eileen uses a pain-free style of Acupuncture, supported by manual manipulation and acupressure.
- The synergy of Chinese Herbs is effective in supporting the foundation of wellbeing, with few if any adverse side effects.
- Healthy nutrition guidance provides the foundation for a long and healthy life. Even the most subtle of changes can provide profound results.
- If you have a fear of needles, Acupressure massage and Tuina techniques can be an effective alternative.
As the Qi (life force) flows through the meridian channels of the the body it is easy to visualize the flowing water. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) texts describe meridians as the energy highway carrying, holding or transporting the Qi, blood and body fluids throughout the body. From the strong force of an ocean to the subtleness of a bubbling stream the Qi is constantly flowing in continuous cycles twenty four hours per day.
Chinese Medicine is a mind-body medicine. TCM teaches you how to live a life of balance, wellness, and harmony. Every TCM principle, theory, and healing practice reflects and harmonizes with the relationships that exist within natural law.
It is important not to get confused when TCM uses western terms. The translation to English from the classical Asian texts used familiar Western Medical even though our form of medicine defines these organ systems very differently.
Acupuncture points are gateways into a matrix of energetic channels or meridians that make up electro-magnetic fields covering and permeating the entire body.
The stimulation of an acupoint is triggered when a disposable, sterile needle is inserted. Information is then transmitted to the brain where it prompts the body to release hormones and chemicals that reduce pain, regulate the endocrine system, and calm the nervous system. The endorphins (neuro-chemicals) relieves pain by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected areas.
Acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable, and as thin as a hair. They bend easily, and could easily slip into the channel of a hypodermic needle. This is why there is very little if any pain during a treatment. Instead, most patients find these treatment extremely relaxing to the point of failing asleep.
Cupping & Gua Sha
These treatments both affect the the flow of energy and increase immunity by increasing surface circulation. They both increase blood flow and improve lymphatic drainage, by pulling out blood from the capillary beds and allowing it to reabsorb into the body.
- Fire Cupping is a safe and effective technique where a vacuum is created within a glass cup by the use of firethe and placed on the skin. The vacuum pulls out the trapped blood and toxins while activating the lymphatic system.
- When the cup remains stationary it creates circular red/purple marks on the bodys.
- Sliding coping requires the application of a light oil on the body prior to the placement of the cups. This allows for the movement of the cups along larger muscle areas. The resulting red marks look similar to the ones that appear after Gua Sha.
- Marks only appear in the areas where the energy flow is stagnant. All marks will disappear after several days. Each subsequent treatment pull out more of the stagnation, until all has been removed.
- Cupping is effective in the treatment pain, respiratory, congestion, headaches, backaches and stress, just to name of few.
- Gua Sha means scrape, and rash. It has anti-inflammatory and immune stimulating properties.
- Using a blunt tool, unidirectional repeated pressure strokes of about 4"-6" along the acupressure meridians and muscles.
- After a successful treatment you will see reddened skin where tiny droplets have been released from the blood vessels under the skin.
- Releasing this blood allows essentially releases stagnation and obstructions that inhibit the free flow of Qi, increasing surface circulation
- Gua Sha is used to treat pain, nausea, the common cold and coughing and limited rage of motion.
Chinese herbs are part of a complete system of healthcare that has been developed and refined over many centuries. Combining the use of traditional Chinese herbal formulas, modern nutraceuticals, and nutritional guidance Zegar help her patients feel better and live longer.
Before taking Chinese herbs, a patient undergoes a complete assessment and diagnosis. Then appropriate herbs are selected to treat the individual patient’s specific health issues.
Chinese Herbal Medicine becomes a valuable tool for both maintaining your health and treating disease.
LOW RISK OF SIDE EFFECTS
In treatment, emphasis is placed on the safe administration of herbs while avoiding the risk of drug interaction. One of the most appealing qualities of Chinese herbal therapy is the low risk of adverse reactions or side effects, especially when compared to pharmaceutical drugs. We only dispense herbal formulas manufactured in the United States.
- Moxibustion is the application of heat to acupuncture points. It has been used throughout Asia for over a thousand years. Mugwort (part of the Chrysanthemum family), also known as artemesia vulgaris or ai ye in Chinese is burned directly or indirectly on the body.
- The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold by warming the acupuncture points and meridians. Moxa gently simulates smoother flow of blood and qi. The fragrant smoke and warmth is very relaxing and effective in treating anxiety.
- We use the Tiger Thermie, a portable, hand held, metal device, holding incense-like sticks of moxa. The moxa stick is ignited, warming the chrome plated brass (stainless steel-like), spring adjustable outer cover. This device is easy to use and effective for warming and massaging small areas or points on the hands, feet and body.
Massage and manual manipulation
Acupressure uses the same meridian points that are used in Acupuncture. It deeply relaxes muscles and promotes healthy blood circulation restoring balance in the body.
At Creative Wellbeing, we use Japanese, “Jin Shin” style acupressure. Minimal pressure is applied to the body in this system. Acupressure is effective in treating:
- Reduces stress
- Calms your spirit
- Improves physical well being
- Strengthens the immune system
- Cultivates blood
- Promotes longevity
- Reduces fatigue
- Manages headaches
- Soothes digestive disorders
Deeper Acupressure massage is much like Shiatsu massage, working out muscle strains, aches and pains.
AN ALTERNATIVE TO NEEDLES. If you are scared of needles or severely immune compromised, Acupressure massage is an effective alternative to Acupuncture.
Tuina is a Chinese form of massage that has been in use for over 2,000 years. Using various hand position, a rhythmic compress is applied to meridian channels while focusing on specific problem areas. Tuina is a relaxing and energizing form of massage.
In Japanese, "shi" means fingers and "atsu" means pressure. This pressure is applied along the meridians that are identified in Chinese medicine. It is a more firm form of massage. Shiatsu massage was first introduced to Japan by a Buddhist Monk in the 6th century. The Japanese doctors adapted this practice over the centuries integrating abdominal massage, diagnosis and treatment. Today, there are many different styles practiced.