Most patients of TLC Acupuncture & Natural Medicine have at least one of the following therapies included in their treatment. These techniques offer a range of applications, customized to your particular case, that enhance your core treatment.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in China over thousands of years. As a TCM practitioner, I use herbal medicine to treat and prevent health issues or as a complimentary health approach in-between treatments.
Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. I use multiple techniques to administer moxa and often suggest at-home treatment to supplement what we can do in the clinic. I love moxa … and you will too!
The ear is one of the most widely used microsystems of acupuncture. It is viewed as a reflection of the whole body and observation and palpation of areas of the ear are useful for diagnosis and effective for treatment. I use ear points on most patients and often provide seeds or press-tacks to provide continuous stimulation of the points after your appointment.
Tui na means “pushing grasping,” and is a powerful form of Chinese medicalbodywork. Based on the same Chinese medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridian channels. Tui na is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems and sports injuries. It can also be used to treat internal diseases.
Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping” which uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have been introduced.
TDP stands for Teding Diancibo Pu, in Chinese, which translates to “special electromagnetic spectrum” lamp which contains a mineral plate discovered in a mine in China where workers were very healthy. A TDP Lamp is utilized during treatment for very specific circulation problems in the body, which aids in muscle relief by emitting 33 essential minerals into your body. Ultimately this relieves Muscle Pain, Joint Pain, Inflammation and Soft Tissue Injuries, which is good for people with sore muscles, arthritis, bursitis, back ache, tennis elbow and joint pains.