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Other complementary therapies


Gua Sha Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Medicine, in both the clinical setting and in homes, but little known in the West. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called 'sha', that will fade in 2 to 3 days.

 


Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes.The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so on. Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders

 

 

 

 

 

Cuppingis one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine. The earliest recorded use of cupping dates to the early fourth century, when the noted herbalist Ge Hong wrote about a form of cupping in A Handbook of Prescriptions. Later books written during the Tang and Qing dynasties described cupping in great detail; one textbook included an entire chapter on “fire jar qi,” a type of cupping that could alleviate headaches, dizziness and abdominal pain.

Originally, practitioners would use hollowed-out animal horns for cups, and place them over particular points or meridians. Today, most acupuncturists use cups made of thick glass or plastic, although bamboo, iron and pottery cups are still used in other countries. Glass cups are the preferred method of delivery, because they do not break as easily as pottery or deteriorate like bamboo, and they allow the acupuncturist to see the skin and evaluate the effects of treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

Facial Rejuvenationis a natural and safe way to improve the face skin. During the treatment, patients receive a series of about 8~12 treatments. The outcomes are less dramatic subtle than plastic surgery or Botox, but with fewer side effects and less cost.

Using ultra-fine needles, the acupuncturist works on the muscles of face and neck to stimulate blood flow and promote the collagen production. There is little, if any, discomfort or pain. Needles may also be placed in other parts of the body (usually the arms and legs) to address any underlying imbalances. The needles stay in for 20-30 minutes. Once the needles are removed, Chinese medical massage (Tui Na) is done to further stimulate facial muscles. We also apply an arnica cream to prevent bruising. The acupuncturist may recommend an herbal formula to consolidate the treatment. After facial rejuvenation, fine lines may be entirely eliminated, and deeper wrinkles get diminished. Bags or dark circles under the eyes may be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized. Clients can expect a healthier glow to the skin, smoother skin, better skin tone, increased skin hydration, brighter eyes and less puffiness. The secondary benefits include a reduction in TMJ pain, decongestion of sinuses, less acne or rosacea, stress reduction, better sleep and benefits to the eyes, ears and brain. Some patients may have mild bruising after treatments, although it is not very common.

 

 

 

Moxabustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.