Steps on the Path to Optimal Health
We are dedicated to integrating the best of both Traditional Chinese Medicine and science to serve the needs of our patients and clients.
The first practitioners were Taoist Monks whose primary goal was to be compassionate and of service to others. This written tradition and passed down from master practitioner to student. This early version of an internship included being a scribe, was for a minimum of 20 years. The written documentation passed down through the generations lead to the classics, written between 23-2800 years ago. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system. It has five components: herbal remedies, nutrition, acupuncture, exercise (Qi Gong, Tai Qi), and Medical Massage.
Like all ancient cultures, TCM evolved in an environment where religion, science and medicine were intertwined. Like western medicine, TCM has developed along side scientific discovery and today would be considered secular. Where other branches of Chines Medicine; 5 Elements and Classical Chinese Medicine have maintained their original philosophies of the natural world. Unlike western medicine, TCM does not fight disease or manage symptoms. The philosophy is that disease is a lack of balance, caused either by an excess or deficiency. When the root cause is addressed; the body is able to restore equilibrium and health.
Everyone asks, what is qi?
Fundamentally qi is all change and movement. Our bodies need energy to function. Digesting food is how the body produces energy. Biochemically it’s digestion (the kreb cycle) that metabolizes food and allows our bodies to make use of the nutrients.
Respiration is inhaling and exhaling. Inhalation puts oxygen (O2) in blood and is circulated through the body to nourish cells and organs. Exhalation expels carbon dioxide (CO2). Qi is said “to promote blood movement in the vessels and that qi movement removes toxins". The ancient physicians that fostered this medicine understood that there was something in the air that went into the lungs and moved with blood. They also understood that exhaling was the completion of the cycle and it removed toxins.
Qi is the explanation of bio- and organic chemistry without the benefit of an autopsy or microscope.
What to expect at your first appointment
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In order to keep everyone's appointment timely please arrive before your scheduled time and have the intake forms completed.
Expect to be here 60 - 90 minutes. You will be given a physical, have a consultation and receive treatment. Wear or bring a t-shirt or tank top and shorts to all appointments.
Follow-up visits are 45 minutes.
We are not taking new patients at this time.
This may change in March.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Approximately 95 percent of Chinese herbs are plants. With minimal alteration to the herb, the bio-compounds remain in tact and their digestion contains the full spectrum of available nutrients with little to no strain on the kidney's or liver. Herbs are significantly safer than pharmaceuticals. Natural substances of all kinds can not be patented making herbal remedies a mere fraction of the cost of their counterpart.
China's stable meal is rice, soup, vegetables, and other sides, including one bite-size of meat or seafood. The diet centered around, fresh and well cooked food. Beverages are always at room temperature or warmer for better digestion. Until the exposure to western culture, eating with the seasons was a common practice, as well an basic recipes to cure common illnesses. Their equivalent to chicken noodle is called congee.
The insertion of very fine needles into the skin is micro-abrasion. The needles are inserted into acupoints on meridians or Ashi points (not on meridians). Studies and imaging show that Acupuncture needles interact with fascia (connective tissue and extracellular fluid) causing an immune response that increases white blood cell circulation. Studies have also shown that acupuncture needles stimulate chemical reactions that release endorphins and other pain-relieving hormones. No opioids needed. See links below for current research.
Meridians are pathways that connect acupoints. With modern technology, it has been established that although not exact; of the approximate 350 major points, a majority are located near the central nervous system, along peripheral nerves or their endings. As well as near lymph node clusters and follow long bones where bone marrow and white blood cells are produced. Similarly, western medicine named nerves and Chinese medicine named meridians based on the organ (or it's sensory-motor) it has a relationship to.
I don’t mean to belabor the point, but they figured this out without the use of x-ray or other imaging.
In Asian culture Tai Qi, Qi Gong and walking are the traditional forms of exercise but anything that keeps you moving and strengthens the heart is exercise.
Chinese Medical Massage (Tui Na) is performed fully clothed and serves the sole purpose of restoring muscles and organs to a state of equilibrium which includes spinal adjustments (in Asia).
Research on Traditional Chinese Medicine
This research article titled, "The return of the “Ashi Point” from its journey East and its modern theoretical reconstruction", gets into some of the historical details. The term Ashi, meanning off channel was generally thought to have first been used in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) within the Qiān Jīn Yào Fāng "Thousand Ducat Prescriptions" text.
Research published by the National Institute of Health, Acupuncture reducing Systemic inflammation: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/research/research-results/new-findings-suggest-acupuncture-stimulation-reduces-systemic-inflammation
Open the link below to watch open heart surgery performed with acupuncture as the only anesthesia. Although this is somewhat common in NYC and California, As of yet I haven’t found a video from the states. https://www.britannica.com/video/179539/Discussion-medicine-focus-use-Chinese-anesthetic-surgery
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