All appoinments begin with a diagnosis. Preventing patterns of disharmony from occurring is the objective of Traditional Chinese Medicine. If illness does occur, it is treated through a unique system of diagnosis called the Four Examinations (Looking, Listening/Smelling, Asking, and Touching).
A brief description of each follows:
The doctor and her assistants take the information from the Four Examinations and determine the underlying pattern of disharmony. We also use Western Medical diagnstic tools such as blood pressure analysis. The appropriate treatment is chosen at that time.
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles - frequently no thicker than a human hair - into specific points on the body. Chinese medicine theory holds that there are meridians or channels in the body through which energy flows. These channels connect the organs with all the body's other structures and the free flow of energy through these channels helps maintain optimal health.
Chinese herbal medicine uses individual herbs which are put into multi-ingredient formulas to restore and enhance health. It is powerful medicine that has a long history of safe and effective use. Chinese medicine uses thousands of herbs that may be used medicinally. Of these, about 500 are in common use.
In addition to plant substances, Chinese herbology utilizes other materials with medical from mineral and animal sources. The last two are not in common use anymore with the latter not being used at all unless it is ethically harvested. We always try to use products that are ethically harvested. We have the intent to help others whilst maintaining a balance with Mother Nature.
Herbs are carefully selected, processed, and dried. They are given to a patient in a tea or pill, or in the form of pharmaceutical grade extracts - a growing choice for most patients.
After a practitioner uncovers the pattern of disharmony underlying a complaint, an individualized herbal formula is created for the patient. While a single herb may sometimes be used, combinations of herbs into complex formulas are more common. Up to 12 or more ingredients are sometimes used in formulas.
The use of herbs with acupuncture allows for a way to treat both the internal and external, thus doubling the effectiveness of the treatments. This is why we strongly recommend using all the treatments in conjunction. You will heal much faster, and we will have more control over the outcome of the illness.
Also known as Swedish massage it is the most widely recognized and commonly used category of massage. The Swedish massage techniques vary from light to vigorous and help gently heal the whole body. An effective treatment on its own and often used in conjunction with other treatment methods.
Also known as Tui Na, is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used together with acupuncture, moxibustion, herbalism, and qigong.
Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that utilizes the principles of the five phases (Wu Xing) and Yin Yang to help heal the patient.
Chinese massage opens the body's defensive chi (Wei Qi) and gets energy moving through the meridians and the muscles and tissues. It increases circulation thus freeing up the flow of energy, which is crucial in the healing process. Techniques may be gentle or quite firm.
We have some of the most experienced practitioners in the area. Many people come in just for massage and our practitioners are highly sought after.
Try to book ahead but feel free to drop by. We accept walk-ins.
(CST) is a gentle approach that releases tensions deep in the body by applying light touch to the skull, face, spine, and pelvis. It's one of the many kinds of massage therapies we offer at Eastern Healing Center.
Moxibustion is a very old and safe form of heat therapy in which dried herbs are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of energy through the meridians and eliminate pathogenic influences.
Moxibustion is usually made from the dried leafy material of Chinese mugwort (A.vlugaris), but it can be made of other substances as well. We recommend that people use the Moxibustion sticks-or Moxa stick as its called-at home. We always have some at the clinic but do not use it there often (the smoke bothers some).
We would be happy to instruct you how to use them, it's quite simple. Moxa stick has many uses in addition to those previously mentioned. It is effective at treating pain due to injury or arthritis digestive problems and irregular elimination, gynecological and obstetrical conditions, including breech presentation in late term pregnancy. And it can protect against cold and flu.
Acupressure is simply another term for Chinese massage. Similar to remedial massage, but with a focus on energy (Qi) pathways and the balance of yin & yang.
A special kind of acupuncture treatment involving the placement of fine needles in specific areas of the face, neck and scalp. Can take years off the appearance, is pain-free, safe and low-cost.
Ear Candling has been used since ancient times to help conditions of the ear and sinus. It can also help with vertigo. A wax candle is specially placed in the ear and the gentle suction along with the application of heat help clear out any accumulations in the ears or sinus. Specially trained assistants perform the treatment and the patient simply lays there. It is a relaxing, beneficial treatment.
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin (generally the dorsal area) to disperse and break up stagnation and congestion by drawing congested blood to the surface, thus restoring the flow of Qi.
Is a specialized massage tool that is used with a scraping motion. It detoxifies the whole body and promotes healing. We have Gua Sha hand tools for the body and comb style tools for the scalp. We can show you how to do it at home
Fire Dragon is an ancient heat therapy. It is totally safe and has traditionally been used to address the following conditions, indigestion, low metabolism, low temperature, melancholy, pain caused by stress and tension, insomnia, anxiety, fear, panic attacks, stomach distension, vertigo, hiatus hernia, benign tumors, joint pains, arthritis, bone deformation, joint inflammation, cold feeling/shivers, post-menopause syndrome and nerve inflammation (sciatic nerve, neurological disorders, etc.).
Fire dragon therapy also can be effective to treat female health problems such as menstrual cramps, irregular periods, and infertility.
We also have a registered Physiotherapist.