Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
is one of the oldest forms of organized medicine. Its ancient history predates written language and was often passed down orally through family lines or from master to apprentice. The first book written on TCM theory and Acupuncture, the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine), dates back to the 3rd century BC. It is thought to be compiled from conversations between the Yellow Emperor (Huang Di) and his physician/Minister Qi Bo and is considered the summation of Chinese medical knowledge of that time. This text and many others are the foundations of modern TCM, however oral traditions continue to this day and some are only being revealed now for the first time.
One such oral tradition is the family lineage of Master Tung Ching Chang. Tung points were a closely guarded family secret and he was often known for his miraculous and spontaneous results with few needles. After fleeing China during the cultural revolution he began to take on students out of the family line. Two students of Tung’s points such as Dr. Wei-Chieh Young and the late Dr. Miriam Lee are responsible for bringing these teachings to America.
TCM encompasses many therapies including Acupuncture, Herbal preparations, Moxibustion, Cupping, Auricular therapy, and Tuina Massage. Other more modern techniques such as Acutonics may be used as well.
Acupuncture involves the use of very fine sterile (one time used/disposable) needles that are inserted to acupuncture points located on skin, primarily along meridians. Meridians are energetic pathways that serve as a connection to the internal body, other meridians and correlating TCM organs.
Herbal preparations are recommended based on Traditional Chinese medicine assessment and pattern differentiation. Herbs may come in the form of a loose tea, tinctures (alcohol based), liquid extract (i.e glycerite), tablets or capsules. All herbs and herbal preparations are of premium quality and sourced from reputable sources that ensure quality control.
Moxibustion (Moxa) is the burning of the herb Artemesia Vulgaris (mugwort/ Ai Ye 艾叶) directly or indirectly on the body. It is technique that is used to warm and invigorate blood flow, stimulate the qi or energy flow in the body and promote general health.
Cupping is a technique that utilizes round suction cups over areas such as the neck, back and shoulders. This is used to enhance the blood circulation in the area applied and remove dead blood, cellular debris, lymph, pathogenic factors and toxins from the body. Afterwards purple or reddish circles, which are not bruises, may be left on the body for up to 1 week or so. The marks left behind are indicative of the stagnation that was in the deep tissue that has been brought to the surface to resolve.
Auricular therapy is the use of needles, magnets or seeds on the ears. The ears are considered a micro-system of the body and therefore have referral or reflex points on the ears that correlate with areas and organs of the body. Auricular therapy has gained much notoriety today for its effectiveness and ease of use, making it popular in addiction treatment centers and in PTSD relief programs around the world.
Tuina massage is a Traditional Chinese Massage that uses the acupuncture points as acu-pressure areas working with the flow and courses of the meridians.
Acutonics is a system of vibrational sound healing that uses acupuncture points to balance the body. It encompasses the use tuning forks, symphonic gongs, Tibetan bowls, drums, bells, and rattles over or on these acupoints or areas of the body to restore balance and harmony.
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