1. Diagnostic Procedure
A complex Chinese medicine system for differential diagnosis will be used to pin point the root cause of your illness. You will be asked about your any related complaints, your current and past health history; physical signs will be observed and examined, including tongue and pulse reading, and some other necessary diagnostic tests.
2. Treatment Plans
All patients suffering from the same disease are most likely treated with identical drugs by western doctors, while Traditional Chinese Medicine considers that each person is an individual with a unique constitution and lifestyle, so formulating a treatment plan should be individualized. Differential diagnosis with individualized treatment is one of the main features of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing art. The name is derived from the Latin words, i.e. acus means needles, and puncture means penetrate. It involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points. There are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are mainly connected by 20 meridians (channels and collaterals to hold Qi or energy). It can treat many health conditions, bring relaxation to the body and mind, promote Qi and blood circulation, and keep Yin and Yang balanced.
4. Herbal medicine
Herbal medicine is a natural healing resource from plants, minerals and animal substances. Drugs are usually used to control symptoms or kill pathogens, but do not satisfactorily alter the disease process. Herbal medicine formulas rid root factors of disease, nourish or balance the body in specific ways, improve organ functions, and strengthen immune system. There are about 150,000 formulas recorded in Chinese medicine. Herbal medicines are effective for many health conditions, but have far fewer side effects than drugs.
5. Electrical Stimulation
Electro-acupuncture, the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the acupoints, can provide a practical benefit: Replacing hand manipulation to produce more easily controlled frequency and the amount of stimulus.
The common electro-acupuncture devices are not designed to provide significant current between acupuncture needles, there is virtually no current transmitted through the body, but there is enough local voltage stimulus for the patient to feel an evident reaction at the point where the needle is inserted.
Acupatch is an adhesive patch with a metal pellet or herbal seed, which can stimulate an acupoint without penetrating the skin. Acupatch is commonly used for shallow acupoints such as on the ear. The advantage of acupatch is that patients can press those patched acupoints as they like, thus relieving certain symptoms on demand. For patients who do not like needles, acupatch may be used as an alternative.
Cupping is carried out by placing an air-depleted glass(or rubber) cup on the skin. The vacuum, which is created traditionally by a burning taper placed briefly inside the cup prior to its placement on the skin, withdraws stagnant, old blood within the skin, removes toxin build-up, and draws fresh blood into the area to restore proper blood flow. Localized healing takes place in just a few minutes.
Moxibustion, or Moxa is a traditional technique that involves burning of mugwort, a small spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxa is made from ground up leaves of mugwort into shapes of stick or cone, more popularly used in indirect way of heating: Smoldering moxa conducts the heat through needle metal or just air down into the acupoint. Moxa has long been believed to treat cold and stagnant condition in traditional Chinese medicine, and also believed to keep “evil” away and develop “good dream” in other folk medicines.
9. Chinese therapeutic massage – Tui Na
Chinese Massage therapy is called Tuina (meaning push and pull). It refers to a system of bodywork which uses pressure on specific points to balance an individual ‘ s energy and bring about physical improvement. One basic form of massage therapy is acupressure, which relies on fingers to stimulate acupoints. It is deep, strong and precise. A full body holistic session can make you fall into complete relaxation, and make relieve pain and stress.
10. Far infrared radiation (FIR)
Infrared light is electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength longer than that of visible light, but shorter than that of microwave radiation. (Latin word “infra” means “below”). The wavelength of far infrared light is closer to the microwave in the spectrum. We feel it every day from sunlight, fire or heater. The human body can absorb FIR because of its thermal and deep penetrating ability. When FIR penetrates through the skin to the subcutaneous tissues, it transforms from light into heat energy, causes blood capillaries to dilate, promotes a better blood circulation, and helps to get rid of body toxins and metabolic wastes through sweating.
11. Gua—Sha (Skin Scraping Therapy)
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese method meaning to “scrape toxins”. The toxic fluid (Sha), as it floods to the surface of the skin, is seen as rashes of red, blue, purple or black. Exposing the Sha to the surface is to remove toxins more easily from the body. Gua Sha directly promotes blood circulation and metabolic processes, forces out blood and metabolic waste congesting in the subcutaneous tissue and helps cleanse the body. Gua Sha acts as a counter-irritant therapy. The repetitive scraping motion by a round edged instrument can bring about a controlled inflammatory response to restart the healing process for many chronic disorders.