Acupuncture for stress relief. Photo:  Panos Ioannou

Acupuncture for stress relief. Photo: Panos Ioannou

Acupuncture

All living beings strive to maintain balance.  Humans have evolved complex systems that keep the body functioning properly.  Over the long-term, imbalances occur naturally from lifestyle, diet, and injuries. Unchecked, more persistent health issues can manifest as symptoms such as headaches, neck pain, fatigue, a cough, poor sleep, allergies, digestive issues, muscle spasms, etc. The goal of acupuncture is to eliminate symptoms and correct any underlying dysfunctions by bringing the body into energetic balance, and enable the body's own healing mechanisms.   Acupuncture is effective for pain elimination and restoring health.  No matter the symptom, we take a holistic approach and implement corrective measures from the ground up.  Benefits of regular acupuncture include decreased pain, improved sleep and energy, stress relief, and enhanced mood. 

Rebecca relieves neck and back pain with sliding fire cupping. Photo:  Jacklyn Lune

Rebecca relieves neck and back pain with sliding fire cupping. Photo: Jacklyn Lune

Cupping

Every muscle and organ is surrounded by connective tissue called fascia. This fascia surrounds us like saran wrap and helps give our body structure. When fascia is dehydrated or inflamed, our muscles can stick to one another causing pain and limited mobility. The negative pressure provided by fire cupping relieves spasms and adhesions and helps loosen the muscles by physically separating this fascia. This promotes oxygenation of the tissue, improving circulation and as a result, detoxifies the body. Marks may appear on the body and the darkness and intensity show how much toxicity has built up. They can take 3-10 days to fade depending on the strength and energy of the individual. Cupping is often used to alleviate back and neck pain, but can be also used for anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and insomnia. It is also great for symptoms of common cold, cough, and asthma. Cupping is usually combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can be used alone as well.

Custom Herbal Formula being prepared in Chinatown. Photo:  Rebecca Chang

Custom Herbal Formula being prepared in Chinatown. Photo: Rebecca Chang

Tui Na

Tui Na is a form of Chinese medical massage. Tui means to “to Push” and Na means “to Lift and Squeeze”. The practitioner may roll, knead, press, brush, grab, and vibrate the channels and meridians that have deficiencies or blockages. This is often used for musculoskeletal conditions, but can also be used in delicate areas like the neck and jaw. Gentle pediatric Tui Na is a way to unblock channels in infants and toddlers for digestive and sleep issues.

Panos performs Tui Na on a powerlifter’s upper back. Photo:  Jacklyn Lune

Panos performs Tui Na on a powerlifter’s upper back. Photo: Jacklyn Lune

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine has evolved over thousands of years. The Chinese Herbal Medicinal Pharmacopeia contains hundreds of roots, stems, leaves, fruits, skins, seeds, tubers, and even a few minerals and insects. Herbs are categorized by function and always used in a group called a formula. A formula may be composed of a handful to over a dozen single medicinals. Formulas can be ordered raw and prepared at home. This is considered the most effective way of consuming herbal medicine since patients are engaged with the process of preparing their medicine and formulas can be modified easily. Medicinal formulas can also be prepared in granular and prepared patents. With each degree of processing, potency is sacrificed for convenience. The purpose of Herbal medicine is to redirect our energy in order to heal. Our products are sourced from reputable distributors which follow strict farming, harvesting, processing, and manufacturing guidelines.