Acupuncture treats disease by inserting thin needles into designated points in the body. Once the needle is properly in place, the patient will feel a characteristic tingling.
According to biochemical and neurological research, acupuncture works by activating a natural pain suppression system in the brain. Substantial evidence demonstrates that acupuncture may serve to stimulate the release of endogenous morphine like substances, endorphins, that creates the analgesic effect.
Acupuncture also has an obvious effect of stimulating or strengthening the body’s immune system, by mobilizing the natural defense power inside the human body. This reaction is the major mechanism of anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious effects induced by acupuncture.
Myofascial Alignment Therapy
Myofascial Alignment Therapy is a series of gentle movement and manipulation administered to re-align the soft tissue and fascia back to its original, optimal and functional position. The goal of the myofascial alignment therapy is to remove the cause of soft tissue and joint pain which could result from trauma, muscle sprain/strain, repetitive movement or injuries, habitual poor posture, and nerve impingement due to herniated disk, bone spurs, and degeneration of joints. This is one of the essential treatment modalities that we specialize for treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, sports injury, and pain. Please refer to Pain Management for more information.
Tuina (Tui Na) uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation.
Tuina (Tui Na) methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, and directly affect the flow of Qi. The use of manipulation techniques, are aimed to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting).
External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.
Cupping is an old technique used in both Asia and West. A vacuum is created inside a glass jar using heat and placed on to the skin where a suction is created and the heat dissipates. It is used to relieve cold symptoms, backache, muscle tension, chronic nausea and vomiting, frozen shoulder, sciatica and more.
The stimulating effect of a cupping treatment reaches approximately three inches below the skin surface to deeply remove blockes in the meridian system.
The therapeutic effect of Moxibustion is produced by the heat and the fumes of a slow-burning moxa-wool (artemisia argyi or wormwood leaf) held near an acupuncture point or the diseased area. Sometimes, burning moxa cones can be placed directly on the skin.
“Qi is an infinitesimal substance by which the human body is nourished. It is the basic substance that sustains life, and is vital to the function of the internal organs.” -cen yuefang
Qi Gong is the exercise of Qi and its purpose is to improve physical and mental health. Dr. Dave Liu will give qi gong instructions to help with your specific ailments.
A qi gong master and use his/her own qi to heal as part of your treatment, but the value of qi gong is multiplied when you practice qi gong exercises everyday to heal and prevent the onset of diseases.