Can you explain the different tools used in Traditional Chinese Medicine?2016-11-01T16:22:40-06:00

The traditional chinese medicine modalities that may be used to treat you are as follows:

Acupuncture has many functions and applications. Needles are inserting along certain meridians to direct or unblock Qi.
With electrical stimulation, micro current is used to keep the acupuncture points stimulated; this is most commonly used with treating pain. The current is either attached to the needles directly, directed with wands, or, conducted with patches that are applied to the specific area.
Cupping unblocks stagnation in muscles; increases blood circulation to the target area; releases heat if necessary. Most commonly, the cups are placed on the back. This technique is also good for immune support, Lung infections, sinus inflammation and allergies, and, skin conditions.
Tuina massage compliments the acupuncture treatment by relaxing and smoothing out the muscle tissue and fibers. Depending on what you need in your treatment, this style of massage can be very invigorating and releasing, or, relaxing.
Guasha is sometimes referred to as “scraping.” Gina will smooth over the muscle tissue with oil and a tool to release heat and increase circulation to the area. Guasha is good for tight muscles, limited range of motion, and, sore throats.
Liniments is specifically combined herbal liquid mixture that is rubbed into the site of pain in order to increase blood circulation, or, reduce swelling, depending on which treatment is appropriate for you.
Stretching and yoga recommendations will be made for you for when you are at your desk, at home, and, before and after exercise.
Joint Mobilization will be done by the acupuncturist, if appropriate.
What will my TCM treatment include?2016-11-01T16:22:42-06:00

There are a number of Chinese medical modalities that Gina will choose from to treat you. These tools include:

  • acupuncture
  • electro-acupuncture
  • herbal medicine
  • dietary
  • lifestyle recommendations
  • moxibustion
  • guasha
  • cupping
  • tuina massage
  • acupressure
  • exercise recommendations including Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Since each patient’s treatment is specifically designed for them, it depends what you are being treated for. Most often, you will receive acupuncture and herbal medicine because generally the combination is more powerful and will produce quicker results. If you come in for muscular discomfort, i.e., low back pain, then massage, in combination with acupuncture and herbal medicine, will strengthen the treatment.

You are strongly encouraged to participate in your health plan. The more you are able and willing to commit to your health, the more the Gina will make recommendations, and the better the outcome of the treatment plan. Gina welcomes your input and wants to be as supportive as possible in your commitment to better health and a more balanced you.

Can children take Chinese herbal medicine?2013-04-02T23:39:10-06:00

Yes. Pediatrics is one of the many specialties in Chinese Medicine. Children’s doses of herbs are determined according to their presenting pattern and their weight. Many herbal formulas for children are specifically formulated in syrups or powders for higher patient compliance and can treat colds, diarrhea, colic, earaches, and teething.

Can pregnant women take herbs?2013-04-02T23:38:44-06:00

Yes, as long as she is being monitored by a professional Chinese Medical practitioner. Pregnant women experiencing discomforts such as nausea and muscular aches have been taking herbs for centuries. Also, lactating women can take herbs and sometimes the baby is treated with herbs via the mother drinking them.

What is Chinese herbal medicine good for?2013-04-02T23:38:14-06:00

Chinese herbal medicine can treat all of the diseases and patterns that acupuncture can treat. It is especially good at promoting the body’s ability to heal itself by strengthening various organs in the body.

Do Chinese herbal medicinals have side effects?2013-04-02T23:37:49-06:00

No. Most of the medicinals used in Chinese Medicine have a very low index of toxicity compared to even common, over-the-counter western drugs. If you do experience any discomfort, let your practitioner know so she can consider adjusting the dosage or change the formula. Sometimes a patient’s response to the herbs is part of their pattern heading toward a better balance or it’s the body’s way of detoxing itself.

What are the benefits of herbal pills?2016-11-01T16:22:43-06:00

Pills are very convenient to take. You can leave a bottle at work and not have to worry about cooking herbs each morning. They are good for prolonged administration of herbs when the correct formula is established and where high dosage is not necessary. Many times after a patient has run a course of decoctions “teas,” pills will be prescribed to follow-up with the treatment.

What are the benefits of drinking herbal decoctions versus taking herbal pills?2013-04-02T23:37:02-06:00

Many herbal formulas taste bitter because they are made of roots and barks, where a high concentration of medicinal ingredients are found. Generally, the “bad taste” will subside after a couple of days and many patients have commented that they actually started to crave or enjoy the taste of the tea. This commonly happens when the correct formula is prescribed and your body is making good use of the medicine.

How are Chinese herbs taken?2013-04-02T23:36:37-06:00

The most common method of taking Chinese herbal medicine is in decoction form. The herbs are boiled for 20-30 minutes or longer and then strained and drunk up to three times each day. To cater to busier lifestyles demanding convenience, pills, extracts, tinctures, and powdered or granules are also an option.

What are “Chinese Herbs”?2016-11-01T16:22:44-06:00

“Chinese Herbs” are actually more than just herbs. TCM practitioners use “Chinese medicinal” ingredients from all three kingdoms: vegetable, animal, and mineral. However, the ingredients come primarily from vegetable sources. Leaves, flowers, twigs, roots, tubers, rhizomes, and barks are some of the many vegetable parts used.

About 15-20% of the standard Chinese repertoire of 500 ingredients originated from outside China. Since then, Chinese practitioners have added to their pharmacies herbs from all over the world. The reason that they are called “Chinese Herbs” is because they are prescribed according to Chinese Medical theory and diagnosis.

What should I do after my acupuncture treatment?2013-04-02T23:35:36-06:00

Be good to yourself. Relax and allow the treatment to settle into your system.

Try to schedule your appointment so you do not have to rush around or go back to work right after your treatment.

Do not eat a heavy meal right after your treatment. Wait at least one hour before eating a meal.

Wait at least 2 hours before exercising vigorously. A casual walk is fine, as long as it is relaxing.

What do I do during my acupuncture treatment?2016-11-01T16:22:44-06:00

RELAX. Breathe. Rest. There is no reason to be frightened. Relax your body and mind and let the needles do their work.

Do not move suddenly or change your position. Call for your practitioner if you feel uncomfortable during your treatment.

Few people experience lightheadedness, faintness, nausea, cold sweats, or shortness of breath during their treatment. This may occur if you are nervous. If this occurs, call for Gina so she can either readjust or remove the needles.

Also, let her know if you feel an increasing amount of pain or burning sensation during the treatment.

What should I do before my acupuncture treatment?2016-11-01T16:22:45-06:00

Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the risk of bacterial infection. To prevent loss, do not wear jewelry. Wear loose clothing. Women should not wear one-piece dresses. Avoid wearing tight stockings or clothes. Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, emotionally upset, or shortly after sex.

How many acupuncture treatments or herbal prescriptions do I need?2013-04-02T23:33:00-06:00

That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. Acute conditions generally take less time to heal, sometimes only one treatment is necessary. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve some chronic illnesses, as well as the patient’s commitment to keeping appointments and maintaining their daily doses of prescribed herbs and lifestyle recommendations. Degenerative and/ or debilitating illnesses may take several months of treatment.

How long does acupuncture and herbal medicine take to work?2016-11-01T16:22:45-06:00

This depends on the individual person and what the treatment is addressing. Often relief can be felt immediately in an acute condition when treating with acupuncture and/or herbs. With chronic conditions, some results may be seen as early as two weeks, but usually requires taking herbs and having acupuncture treatments for several months.

How will Traditional Chinese Medicine help me?2016-11-01T16:22:46-06:00

TCM focuses on rebalancing or maintaining balance within one’s body. You may use TCM to strengthen your immune system to prevent sickness or discomfort (what TCM doctors of China were traditionally used for), or use the medicine to treat a variety of acute or chronic, internal or external, traumatic or infectious diseases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that acupuncture is suitable to treat the following conditions: ear, nose and throat disorders (toothaches, pain after tooth extraction, earaches, sinus inflammation, nasal inflammation or dryness); respiratory disorders (bronchial asthma), gastrointestinal disorders (digestive tract problems, hiccups, inflammation of the stomach, chronic duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the colon, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery caused by certain bacteria), eye disorders (inflammation of the conjunctiva, inflammation of the central retina, nearsightedness in children, and uncomplicated cataracts), and nervous system and muscular disorders (headaches, migraines, certain facial paralysis or nerve pain, partial weakness after a stroke, inflammation of nerve endings, bed wetting, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, low back pain, and osteoarthritis).

TCM also treats, but is not limited to treating: women’s health (pms, endometriosis, infertility, menopause, morning sickness), men’s health, colds/flus, allergies, asthma, pain management, muscular-skeletal discomfort, digestive disorders (indigestion, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel), and mental and emotional imbalances such as: depression, anxiety, and addictions.

What will my Acupuncture treatment be like?2013-04-02T23:30:43-06:00

The practitioner uses sterile, one-time use, disposable needles. The needles are about as thin as a human hair and are generally inserted no deeper than ¼ – ½” into the skin. The practitioner will use between four and 16 needles depending on the patient’s condition, age, and constitution. Initially, at the insertion of the needle, the patient may feel a dull, achy feeling or heat, depending on your level of sensitivity. The needles are then left in for about 10 to 45 minutes.

What will my TCM treatment consist of?2013-04-02T23:29:25-06:00

TCM treatment tools include: acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, moxabustion, guasha, cupping, tuina massage and acupressure, and exercise recommendations including Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Since each patient’s treatment is specifically designed for them, it depends what they are being treated for. Most often, the patient will receive acupuncture and herbal medicine because generally the combination is more powerful and will produce quicker results for the patient. If a patient is coming in for muscular discomfort, i.e., low back pain, then massage, in combination with acupuncture and herbal medicine, will strengthen the treatment.

What diagnostic tools are used?2013-04-02T23:28:31-06:00

The TCM practitioner uses extensive diagnostic tools to determine whether the patient’s imbalance is excess or deficient; cold or hot; internal or external; yin or yang in nature. The diagnostic tools used include: thorough questioning of the patient’s reason to be treated, medical history, and present signs and symptoms. Second, the practitioner visually diagnoses the patient’s tongue and coating along with facial and overall skin color. Thirdly, the TCM practitioner listens to the patient’s voice, tone, and breathing. And, lastly, the practitioner palpates pulses, meridians and channels, and specific areas of the body relating to the patient’s “chief complaint.”

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?2013-04-02T23:27:03-06:00

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a diagnostic and medical treatment system whose written literature dates back almost 2,500 years. Currently, 1/4 of the world’s population seeks medical treatment from Chinese Medical practitioners.

TCM is based on the philosophy of yin and yang, polar and complementary aspects of Nature. In Nature, Qi is the driving force, otherwise referred to as “energy.” While viewing nature as a whole system, TCM understands that all things and energies are effected by and related to one another. When a patient visits a TCM practitioner, the practitioner strives to rebalance the patient’s system by treating the root (cause) of the imbalance along with the branches (symptoms). Extensive diagnostic tools assist in achieving this goal.