Eastern cultures have used Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to promote and restore health for thousands of years. The first known record of acupuncture is found in the 4,700 year-old Huang Di Nei Jing or ‘Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine’, which is said to be the oldest medical textbook in the world.
Oriental Medicine is rooted in the Taoist philosophy of change, growth and harmony. It encompasses acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, exercise therapy such as Tai Chi or Qi Gong, and lifestyle counseling. Interest in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine became widespread in the United States after President Nixon’s trip to China where he received acupuncture anesthesia during emergency surgery.
Considerable public interest in the subject over the past 40 years has led to recent research being carried out into acupuncture. In 1997, the National Institutes of Health endorsed the use of acupuncture for the following conditions: pain following surgery, tennis elbow, nausea associated with pregnancy or chemotherapy, carpal tunnel syndrome, dental pain, stroke rehabilitation, addictions, and asthma. Based on these findings, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine services are now provided in many hospital-based pain and rehabilitation clinics as well as addiction and cancer treatment centers throughout the United States.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a major element of Chinese Medicine dating back over 4000 years. The healing practice of acupuncture is based on the body’s blood flow and energy through a system of energetic pathways, called Meridians, which are similar to the body’s nervous and vascular systems. … Read more
Cupping: A method of using local vacuum pressure with glass or plastic cups to relieve tension, increase circulation to the affected area, activate the lymphatic system, and release toxins. Common reasons for cupping include muscle pain, allergies, common cold and cough, and stress relief.
Gua Sha: A healing technique used to reduce pain, stiffness, and congestion. “Gua” means “to rub”, and “Sha” means “congestion”. When Gua Sha is applied, a small massage tool is used to perform repeated even strokes to the affected area of the body. The benefits of Gua Sha are numerous. It moves stuck blood and reduces fluid congestion, promoting normal circulation to the muscles, tissues, and organs directly beneath the surface treated. The patient experiences immediate changes in stiffness, pain and mobility. Normal body processes are restored by the movement of fluids as nutrients are carried to the tissues and metabolic wastes are carried away. Because Gua Sha mimics sweating, it may also resolve fever.
Tui-Na (tuina) is a form of massage and tissue manipulation (push-grasp) based on the theories of Chinese Medicine. Tui Na may be used to reduce symptoms of disease and to relieve muscle and joint pain, tension, and stress by reducing stagnation and promoting circulation.
Moxibustion (moxa) is the application of heat to specific acupoints on the body through the burning of a chinese herb called “mugwort”. Moxa is used to warm the body, relieve pain, and increase blood circulation.
Electrical Stimulation (E-stim) is the application of electricity to specific acupoints on the body, typically by attaching electrodes to acupuncture needles, to relieve pain, calm or activate nerves, and increase circulation. E-stim acupuncture therapy is very successful for treating acute and chronic pain, sports injuries, back pain, and other muscle and joint ailments.
TDP Infrared Heat Therapy is an FDA approved heat lamp designed to relieve chronic pain and arthritis. TDP heat lamps use a specific wavelength of light (infrared) to apply therapeutic heat to skin, muscles, and joints. Infrared therapy has been clinically proven to relieve pain, improve circulation, reduce inflammation, stimulate healing, and strengthen immunity.
Acupressure is applying pressure to acupoints on the body with your fingers or a massage tool generally used to relieve pain or other symptoms of illness. Acupressure is an excellent way to introduce children to the benefits of acupuncture therapy.
Herbal Medicine is the use of medicinal herbs taken in teas, pills, or tincture form to relieve illness and promote health. Herbs may be taken individually or in patented formulas depending on healthcare goals.
Nutrition and Diet Therapy is the incorporation of specific foods into a diet to achieve specific or general healthcare goals. Education is provided to our patients so they can make positive changes and healthy dietary choices along their path to wellness.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the formal term representing the ancient version of the more modern “evidence-based” Oriental Medicine practiced at Five Phase Wellness Center. TCM includes acupuncture, moxibustion, tuina massage, herbal medicine, diet and exercise therapies such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
Health Supplements (Nutraceuticals) are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients and hormones formulated into pill form as multivitamins and nutrient blends to achieve specific or general health goals. Many supplements are designed for long term use, while others are used to alleviate symptoms.