Frequently Asked Questions
- How does Chinese Medicine work?
Chinese medicine works by re-establishing balance and harmony within the body. This means balance between yin and yang, in the five phases: the viscera, the bowels, the qi, the blood, and the body fluids.
- What methods are used to re-establish this balance?
The leading professionally applied methods are Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Acupuncture seeks to regulate the flow of qi and blood within the body by either inserting fine, sterile needles at certain acupoints or warming certain acupoints using various methods. Chinese Herbal medicines may be prescribed internally or applied externally.
- What is Acupuncture good for?
As an important component of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture treats the full range of acute and chronic, traumatic, infectious and internally generated diseases. In particular, Acupuncture is an excellent and effective choice for chronic diseases, all kinds of pain symptoms, muscle dysfunction, endocrine disorders, neurotic and mental diseases. Acupuncture also helps improve the immune system and builds up body health.
- Is Chinese Medicine safe?
When practiced correctly by trained, qualified professionals, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicines are extremely safe. In fact, when practiced correctly, they have no side effects and produce no iatrogenic (www.iatrogenic.org) or doctor-caused disease. This is because Chinese Medicine seeks to restore balance to the entire person, not just the piece or part.
- How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture achieves its healing effect through channels and collaterals. The regular channels run vertically and horizontally throughout the body communicating with the organic whole via the viscera organs, muscles, tendons, skins, sense organs, and bones of the human body. It thus ensures the proper coordination and unification of the various functions of the body. It is through these channels and collaterals that the qi and blood are transported to all parts of the body to warm and nourish the organs tissues and maintain the normal physiological functions of the whole organism.
- How long does a session last?
It can take up to one to two hours.
- How long will it take for Acupuncture to relieve a symptom?
In some cases, it can relieve the symptom almost instantly. Under the conditions of chronic diseases, Acupuncture will gradually take its therapeutic effect.
- What is Eastern Massage?
Eastern Massage is the oldest and simplest of all medical treatment. It is a form of physical therapy that involves pressure on the Acupuncture points in order to balance the body's energy and promote good health. All practitioners are linked by a common principle, the belief in a vital force known as qi, which flows in connected channel, or meridians, throughout the body. Each meridian is linked to an organ or psychophysical function. In health, a balanced condition prevails and the qi flows smoothly along the meridians like fuel through a pipeline supplying and maintaining all parts of the body. But when the body has been weakened by an immoderate behavior, such as long-term overwork or emotional stress or injury, the qi no longer flows smoothly, becoming deficient in some areas and excessive in others and a state of disease exists. Eastern Massage is a combination of old Eastern Massage and Western Massage. It includes smooth-flowing strokes, kneading, pressure, and stretching.
- What are the benefits of Massage?
1) Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into the tissues and vital organs.
2) Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, against toxic invaders.
3) Increases circulation of the blood and lymph system, which improves the condition of the body's largest organ, the skin.
4) Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles.
5) Increases joint flexibility.
6) Reduces recovery time. Helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains for the athlete.
7) Releases endorphins, the body's natural painkiller. It is being used in chronic illnesses, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
8) Reduces post surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
9) Improves range of motion and decreases discomfort for clients with low back pain.
10) Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
11) Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
12) Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.