- Infertility, IUI/IVF support: Women infertility with known and unknown causes; Low sperm count and Poor sperm morphology and motility. Breech baby; Lack of milk of breastfeeding.
- Women's Health: Amenorrhea, Irregular periods, Painful menses, PMS, PCOS, Uterine leiomyoma (fibroids), Endometriosis, Pelvic inflammatory disease, Vulvodynia, Vestibulodynia, Menopausal symptoms, Low libido, Urinary incontinence, UTI.
- Low back pain, Shoulder/neck/foot/joint pain; Sports injuries, Tennis elbow, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), Sciatica, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia.
- Cosmetic Acupuncture: Facial lift & rejuvenation, Cellulite reduction, Breast enhancement, Acne.
- Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Headache, migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia, Insomnia, Fatigue, Hypertension; Eating disorders, ADD/ADHD.
- Overweight/obesity, Hair loss, Low testosterone, Prostate diseases, High PSA levels, High blood cholesterol/sugar levels, Poor Qi-Blood flowing, Smoking cessation (quit smoking).
- GI/esophageal disorders, IBS, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, Multiple sclerosis (MS), SLE, Allergy, Asthma, Rhinitis, Cold, Coughs, Bell's palsy, Shingles, Low immune/Auto-immune disorders, Diabetes care, Stroke rehabilitation.
- Cancer care (post-surgery, during or after chemo/radiation therapies); Difficult or "medically undefined" cases.
- Qigong therapy for cancers and other chronic/difficult or "medically undefined" cases.
Acupuncture is one of the major branches of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The first record of acupuncture is found in the 4,700 year old Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine), which is said to be the oldest medical textbook in the world.
Acupuncture was brought to Europe as far back as 1671 by French Jesuit priests. In the United States, acupuncture was not widely known until 1971, when the New York Times’ James Reston developed appendicitis during Nixon’s Chinese trip. At the Anti-Imperialist Hospital in Beijing, the Chinese doctors applied acupuncture to produce anesthesia for his appendectomy surgery and to relieve his postoperative pain after the appendectomy treatment. In 1973, The AMA Council of Scientific Affairs declares acupuncture an experimental medical procedure.
By 1993, the U.S. FDA estimated that Americans made 9 to 12 million visits per year to acupuncture practitioners and spent as much as $500 million on acupuncture treatments. On March 29, 1996, the U.S. FDA bestowed the Class II status of “medical tools” to acupuncture needles. Moreover, the U.S. FDA ruling indicates that acupuncture is a safe and effective medical treatment. The number of licensed acupuncturists has increased from 5,525 in the fall of 1992 to 14,228 in the fall of 2000 in the U.S.
Traditional Chinese medicine has mapped more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which connect with 12 main and 8 secondary pathways called meridians. These meridians conduct energy, or Qi flow between the surface of the body and internal organs.
The main meridians are classified into two opposing categories: Yin meridians and Yang meridians. Yin meridians link to the Yin organs (usually solid organs), and Yang meridians to the Yang organs (usually hollow organs). Yin and Yang meridians form a complex network, guiding and regulating a proper Qi flow through the whole body.
A healthy individual means that Qi circulates fluently in the meridian networks, thus promotes and maintains the Yin-Yang balance and the organ harmony. Diseases occur when the meridians are blocked and Qi flow is disturbed or diminished. The diseased conditions are expected to be restored by manipulating the involved meridians, using acupuncture (i.e., needling) and other healing methods such as acupressure and moxibustion. One of the unique functions of acu-points is bi-directional regulation, which means that stimulating a same point can restore two distinctive opposite diseased conditions e.g., over-function and under-function of the offended organs.
There are typically two methods to produce the acupuncture stimulations: classical and electrical acupuncture. Classical acupuncture is performed by manual needling, which requires the practitioner of not only the professional handling skills, but also the insightful mind focus. Electrical acupuncture is to apply certain pattern of fine electrical pulses wiring to the needle handles after manual needling is initiated.
Herbal medicine is an integral component of traditional Chinese medicine. Studies have shown that as much as 40% of American adults use herbal products. The use of herbal medicine is even higher overseas.
In China, besides the TCM hospitals, most general hospitals have their own TCM departments and herbal medicine facilities. Chinese herbal medicine is especially welcome in treating the clinical conditions (with or without defined Western medical diagnoses) that have little or no effective Western medical treatments, or cannot tolerate the Western medications. These conditions include but are not limited to the following: auto-immune diseases, cancers, viral infections, allergy, endocrine disorders, hypertension, menopause symptoms, menstrual disorders, infertility, general fatigue, aging, and health maintenance. Depending on the particular clinical scenario, a better therapeutic response may be achieved when combined with acupuncture or/and other Oriental healing measures.
Chinese medicinal herb is typically prepared from the whole or part of a plant in natural forms: seed, berries, roots, leaves, bark or flowers. Most herbs are required some well-established processing, depending on the types of herbs and the therapeutic applications. The processing includes various steps, i.e., washing and cleaning, discarding the useless parts, sectioning, soaking into water, drying under sunlight, steaming, roasting, stirring-baking mixed with a liquid (i.e., wine, rice vinegar or honey). The processing of herbs is to enhance or temper the medicinal power, modify their meridian and organ targeting, minimize the unpleasant smell and taste or, in some special herbs, to alter or remove the undesired functions.
Although a single herb could be served as a regime, typically, Chinese herbal medicines are administrated in formula, which contains several (usually 2 ~ 16 herbs) different herbs and compiled according to the disease pattern and the basic principles of the Chinese herbal formulating strategy. The herb medicines can be cooked and served as tea, or prepared in forms of pills or capsules depended on patient’s preference and the clinical need.
Not all plants can be used as herbal medicine. Based on thousands of years investigation and practice, the TCM literatures have systemically documented over 5000 medicinal substances (with more than 4000 herbal medicines) on their therapeutic functions, clinical indications, herbal interactions, toxicity, serving methods and dosages, and the diet requirements during herbal care. One very important fact is that Chinese herbal medicines are served in a form of whole food rather than an extracted and purified single compound. One single medicinal herb can contain a huge complex of organic and mineral compounds that, as whole, has been optimally “composed” by our “Mother Nature” and therefore carries a unique, organic and “mature” medicinal profile or therapeutic power. The Chinese herbal medicine we are using today are those that are most commonly-used, and effective and have shown no clinic adverse side effect when prescribed (formulated), based on a precise TCM diagnosis, by a fully trained and experienced practitioner.
Qi (pronounced Ch-ee
), literally means “air”, and is a primary element that generates the nature environment
for the living things
. In Chinese medicine, Qi is used to describe the primary life force (or vital energy flow) in the body environment,
which is considered as the primary force to lead and coordinate the normal organic and spiritual activities
In nature world, a turbulent airflow can create the disaster to our nature environment; similarly, a disordered Qi flow in the body causes diseases.
Qi in our body is a functional flow, or, “dynamic flowing” is the way of how the Qi exists and functions; An adequate and smooth body Qi flow, therefore, is required for the healthy body, mind, and spirit.
Qi in our body is a product that is “crystallized” by the interaction of the ingested food nutrition and the essence of Mother Nature Qi through our breathing activities
. In Qigong exercise, the “breathing activities” include the coordination of mental focus, lower abdominal (Dan-Tian) “inner breathing”, and sometimes, the conceptual “skin breathing” or some body movements in addition to the ordinary respiratory “external breathing”.
Medical Qigong shares the basic theories and principles of Qi and meridians as in Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture; it is a process to cultivate Qi preserve
and to regulate Qi flow in the meridians towards the new levels and thus, to prevent or heal diseases, promote health and longevity, and improve life quality.
There are two ways to apply medical Qigong. One is self-practice to promote health and longevity; the other one is to apply the emitted Qi to treat diseases for other person, which requires the practitioner of years of experience and significant clinical skills.
The common reasons for seeking Qigong instruction or therapy include:
- -Chronic illness management
- -Cancer (breast cancer, etc.) management
- -Stress management, sexual improvement
- -Patient requests for natural treatment options
- -Unacceptable risk or side-effects of proposed medical interventions
- -Symptoms/conditions that do not fit any known Western pattern of disease, or do not respond to standard medical treatments
- -Longevity & wellness promotion, disease prevention
- -Enhancement of sport and other competitive performances
The following medical Qigong programs currently available at our clinic:
Medical Qigong Lessons
1. Qigong basic, total 5~6 lessons (personalized diet & lifestyle assessment and instruction included).
2. Advanced levels, completion of medical Qigong basic is required, selected from the following:
- -Qigong for longevity
- -Qigong for sexual improvement
- -Spontaneous movement Qigong
3. Qigong Therapeutic Session:
is the application of emitted Qi waves manipulated by a Qigong therapist to treat diseases, or promote Qi-energy flow and facilitate the healing process for the patients.
Qigong therapy is natural and safe and is effective or curative to a number of diseases, including the chronic or difficult clinical conditions, such as hypertension, asthma, allergy, cancers, anxiety, stress and stress-related symptoms, sexual dysfunction, immune diseases (autoimmune or immune deficiency), gynecologic disorders, hormonal/endocrine disorders, diabetes, GI disorders, undefined chronic conditions, etc.
Generally speaking, Qigong therapy alone
is not advised for most acute or emergency situations.
The numbers of Qigong treatment session needed vary depending on the nature of the disease, and the individual conditions, but typically are composed of from 8 sessions to 20 sessions and, in some cases, extended period of treatment may be required to achieve, or maintain the desired results.
*Appointment is required. Please wear comfortable clothes (cotton preferred) and light shoes; have a small light snack if you feel hungry before the Qigong session. **Qigong appointment may be re-scheduled in case of extreme weather, i.e., severe lightning & thunder storms, or a hurricane.
Acupuncture facial rejuvenation (or cosmetic acupuncture) in our clinic is designed according to TCM Yin-Yang and energy meridian theories. We treat skin as an integrative part of the whole body because our healthy skin relies on a balanced body metabolism and Qi circulation. Our acupuncture facial procedure is composed of both topical (facial) needling (with extra fine facial needles) and the manipulating of distant points along the meridians that travel through the face.
Acupressure is integrated into facial acupuncture. Herbal tea may be added to the facial regimen as necessary to nourish the Qi-Blood, or to clean the inner toxic metabolites. The procedures are expected to reduce or prevent facial and neck wrinkles, improve the skin elasticity and shininess, and treat some skin problems, such as acne and freckles.
Acupressure is based on the same principles as in acupuncture. The only difference is that acupressure uses the fingers or/and palms,rather than acupuncture needles, to stimulate or manipulate the meridians and acu-points. Acupressure is usually used in the individuals with muscular-ligament ache, chronic functional disorders such as GI disorders, female hormonal imbalance, stress/depression, or in those who are afraid of needles. Acupressure can be combined with Qigong manipulation to enhance the therapeutic results.
Cupping therapy is an ancient therapeutic procedure that has been used in China for thousands of years. It involves the application of a partial vacuum produced in cups placed on the skin. The vacuum is typically generated either by means of heat from a burning alcohol cotton ball. By drawing up the underlying tissues, it opens the meridians, enhances Qi flow, and thus promotes the healing process.
In conventional medicine, the skin is considered the largest organ that contains fluid, blood, blood vessels, connective tissue, muscle and is rich in nerve supplies. By creating suction, cupping can activate the lymphatic system, drain excess fluids and toxins, clear colon blockages, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, and bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin. Cupping will leave some bruise-like marks on the area treated and they will go away in a few days.
Cupping is usually used to treat the following conditions: Back pain, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Anaemia, Hypertension, Asthma, Cough, Atrophy syndrome, Muscular and joint pain, and etc.
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