Healthy Healing is a practice that focuses on three specialty areas of pain reduction, stress reduction and
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You Have the Power to Heal
This practice aims to treat patients with a caring attitude. Time will be taken to assess your condition and provide you with acupuncture and herbal treatments.In addition, diet choices, lifestyle changes and exercises may be discussed. Acupuncture and herbs can provide you with a healing experience without most of the side effects usually associated with Western medications. Healthy Healing aims to give you a feeling of well-being by helping you to harmonize the physical, mental and emotional aspects of your life.
What to Expect Your First Visit
The acupuncturist will take a complete medical history, the same as a Western physician. She will take your pulse on three places of each wrist. Some time will be taken to feel your pulses to assess qualities such as depth, rate and strength. She will then ask to see your tongue. The tongue and pulse are very important to the practitioner to help make an Eastern Medicine diagnosis.Once a diagnosis is made, acupuncture points are selected (or an herbal formula is chosen). The number of treatment points can range from 6 to 20 or more.
You will rest in a comfortable position with the needles retained for 15 to 20 minutes during treatment. The needles are then removed and other therapies may be applied.Many people experience a feeling of relaxation while the needles are retained, and many doze off to sleep.After treatment, some people feel totally refreshed and full of energy while others may feel like they woke from a deep sleep.
It is best to wear or bring loose clothing. Empty your bladder before beginning the treatment. It is best to eat a light meal at least 1 hour before the treatment.
Traditional Oriental Medicine
Traditional Oriental Medicine is a Comprehensive Medical System that includes acupuncture, acupressure, herbal therapy, massage, cupping, gua sha, moxabustion, nutrition and exercise. It is used integratively with Western medicine to treat many common ailments, as well as more chronic conditions.
Common Problems Treated with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs:
- ACUTE and CHRONIC PAIN
- SINUSITIS and ALLERGIES
- TMJ PAIN
- COMMON COLD AND FLU
- MIGRAINES and HEADACHES
- DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
- MENSTRUAL PROBLEMS
- URINARY DIFFICULTIES
- DEPRESSION and ANXIETY
- HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
- MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS
- FACIAL REJUVINATION
- SKIN DISORDERS
For a complete list of conditions recognized by WHO (World Health Organization) go tohttp://www.who.org.
Acupuncture is the art of inserting thin, disposable, sterile needles at specific locations on the surface of the body. The needles are much finer than the familiar hypodermic needle. Acupuncture accesses the qi or energy of the body and balances it accordingly. Acupuncture has been proven to stimulate the release of endorphins and induce a state of relaxation, balance and healing.
Herbology is the oldest branch of Chinese medicine. It is one of the most effective tools for healing the mind and body. Traditional Chinese herbs are prepared in a balanced formula. The formula is tailored to the individual’s condition and constitution.
What is Qi?
Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the Chinese name for energy that flows through the body and gives us life. Qi is also considered to be the basic substance by which all movement in the universe occurs. Acupuncture and herbal practitioners believe that the therapy stimulates the body’s internal regulatory system and nurtures a natural healing response by accessing the qi of the body.
Other Healing Therapies
CUPPING involves the use of glass or bamboo cups placed on areas of the body. The practitioner creates a vacuum by lighting an alcohol swab in the cup and providing suction to the skin. The cups can remain in place or can slide across the body. This is a very pleasant experience with the feeling of a light massage. This therapy removes qi and blood stagnation and promotes normal circulation.
TUI NA is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body and acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of qi.
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