There are different styles of acupuncture. Most commonly you will see the term TCM which is Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM was born out of the cultural revolution in China when Mao was in power. In short, TCM is point location-based acupuncture.
Classic Chinese Medicine (CCM) dates back to 220 A.D. in China. The practitioner draws from these texts to treat the patient via lifestyle and nutrition choices, as well as herbs and acupuncture.
Why do I choose CCM over TCM? It’s a lifelong journey learning how to use CCM, but as soon as I began solely practicing from a CCM application, my results were profound.
Here is a list of the common classics: the Huang Di Nei Jing 皇帝內經 (Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic), the Nan Jing 難經 (Classic of Difficulties) and the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing 神 農 本 草 經 (Divine Farmer’s Herbal Classic) and the Shang Han Lun 傷寒論 (Treatise on Cold Damage).
The other services I describe below (cupping, guasha, moxa and herbs) are all treated from a CCM perspective. As your acupuncturist, I use the methods that are appropriate for you.
This style of acupuncture was developed in Japan. It is an evidenced-based medicine and focuses on meridian therapy. It is popular due to its gentle style wherein we use very small needles and non-insertion needle techniques.
To learn more go here: Japanese Hari.
Cupping creates a local suction on the skin. This suction causes the local blood vessels to expand. In my sessions, I often you use cupping on the back where most people have a lot of tension.
How Long Do the Marks Last?
In general, the marks left by the cupping will last 3–5 days. Sliding cupping, where oil is put on the skin and the cups glide over the surface, may or may not leave the circular marks. However, some redness may occur.
Follow this link for more information on cupping: History of Cupping.
A type of scraping on the skin. It can loosen fascial adhesions and stimulate blood flow, release unhealthy elements, and promote healing.
Harper’s Bazaar ran an article on Gua Sha. Read it here: The Shockingly Grotesque, Yet Incredible Results of Gua Sha Massage.
“Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort: a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. In fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture—translated literally—means ‘acupuncture-moxibustion.’ The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.” Acupuncturetoday.com full article on moxibustion.
Chinese Medicine has a rich history of herbal formulas that treat anything from the common cold to internal diseases. Formulas come in capsule, tablets, tea pills, tinctures, powdered and raw. My preference for my patients is the powdered form because I can make you a custom formula and adjust as needed.
Lifestyle and Nutrition
Chinese Medicine teaches us to live, grow, and change with the seasons, and is just one example of how lifestyle guidance affects your health. Nutrition is a constant focus and one of the most important aspects of our health.