Acupuncture & Moxibustion
These are the two halves of the same coin. Both are used to access the body's own ability to heal itself. With the use of very simple and ancient tools, one is able to activate particular points in order stimulate the body's own ability to heal itself. Practitioners are able to support this process of self healing by nudging the body to act in specific ways.
Herbal formulas are the pinnacle of Chinese Medicine. These are complex combinations of herbs that act as a targeted medicine treating a specific set of symptoms. Thousands of years of application makes Chinese herbal formulas the most tested medicine on the planet. Herbal formulas are powerful medicines that need to be respected and used by those with training. Herbal formulas are a crucial part of this medicine and compliment acupuncture/moxibustion when the body needs extra support to heal.
Cupping is an ancient treatment technique that uses a cup and a fire source to create suction in order to treat pain, inflammation, stagnation, aches, injuries, and the release of toxins. By pulling on the muscle layer, suction cups support the body process lingering problems in the muscle layer.
An old household technique that can be done anywhere with a spoon and oil to treat a wide variety of common conditions. A very common home remedy for acute respiratory conditions, muscle pain, or to breakup scar tissue from injuries.
Food as Medicine
The true origins of Chinese Medicine are in the kitchen. The most famous Chinese formula, Gui Zhi Tang, is a testament to these roots. Food, like herbs, can be classified based on how they interact with the body. Therefore, food can be seen as the most important medicine since we interact with it all day, everyday.
We live our lives either in accordance to the seasons, earth, and universe or we don't. We either swim as the water flows or we fight it by going upstream. Chinese Medicine treatments often include advice on lifestyle modifications to speed up the healing process.