TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has its roots in the ancient traditions of Chinese culture. It is a 3,000-year-old system of healing based on the holistic understanding of the universe as described in Daoism. This view is based on the perception of humans as microcosms of the larger macrocosm – interconnected to nature and its forces. The human body is regarded as an organic whole in which the various organs and tissues have distinct functions, but are all interdependent. Health exists when organs are in a state of balance. Disease arises when a state of imbalance prevents certain organs from performing their functions optimally.
THE CONCEPT OF QI
The organs and tissues are connected through a network of channels called ”meridians” through which Qi flows. In TCM, 氣 (Qi) is the fundamental substance of the human body, and its movements explain various life process. Qi is often called ”vital energy” because in its physiological sense it constitutes, replenishes, and nourishes the human body. A healthy body requires the normal circulation of Qi. Health problems occur if the flow of Qi is deficient or stagnated.
The clinical diagnosis and treatment in TCM are specific to each person and based on individual differentiation of syndromes according to the theories of Yin Yang and Five Elements. During a first appointment, much time is spent gathering information: physical signs and symptoms, tongue and pulse analysis, review of health history, lifestyle, and habits. All this information forms the basis of a personalized TCM diagnosis. Individualized TCM treatment plans involve not only acupuncture, but also herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, tui na massage, as well as lifestyle, exercise, and dietary recommendations.
Qi in Motion offers a unique and comprehensive selection of TCM treatments.
Includes Acupuncture (90 min.) on both front and back of body. The needles are retained for 15 to 30 minutes. Depending on individual health needs, treatment may include electro-acupuncture, cupping, guasha (scraping), moxibustion, bloodletting, ear seeds, and exercise recommendations.
Prenatal / Postnatal Acupuncture
Includes Acupuncture (90 min.), and when appropriate, gentle Acupressure. The expectant mother positions herself in the most comfortable: prone or supine on a pregnancy bolster system, side-lying, or sitting on chair. Depending on individual needs, TCM pre/postnatal consult includes an herbal prescription, acupressure point prescription, and dietary suggestions.
Acupuncture + Tui Na Massage
Includes Acupuncture (60 min.) and Tui Na – Chinese Therapeutic Massage (30 min.). Treatment is designed to target one or two areas of acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain. It combines the precision of needles with the sensitive touch of therapeutic bodywork to provide deep relief.
Acupuncture + Tuning Forks
Includes Acupuncture (90 min.) in combination with acupressure through Tuning Forks. Treatment is suitable for needle-sensitive patients as it includes only a few thin needles with very gentle insertions.
Acupuncture + TCM Herbal Consult
Includes Acupuncture (90 min.) on both front and back of body as well as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbal Consult. Custom herbal prescriptions are composed according to each individual’s constitution and illness.
Tui Na Massage
Includes Tui Na – Chinese Therapeutic Massage (90 min.) on both front and back of body. As required, Cupping may be added. Treatment is completely needle-free. Tui Na Massage is helpful for acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain as well internal medicine conditions.
Includes acupressure through Tuning Forks (90 min.) on both front and back of body. Treatment is suitable for extremely sensitive patients as it is completely needle-free. The sound waves created by the tuning forks travel along the meridians in the body and in the energetic field around the body.
In-Person Herbal and TCM Consult
Includes a Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment including health history, current diet and lifestyle, tongue and pulse diagnosis. Initial consult lasts 60 minutes, return consult lasts 30 minutes. A custom herbal formula will be prescribed, in addition to appropriate acupressure points, dietary suggestions, qi qong/movement therapy, or lifestyle changes.
Online Herbal and TCM Consult
To accomodate patients who are unable to attend an appointment in-person at the clinic, online consult via phone or video chat is an option. Consult includes a Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment including health history, current diet and lifestyle, tongue and face diagnosis. Initial consult lasts 60 minutes, return consult lasts 30 minutes. A custom herbal formula will be prescribed, in addition to appropriate acupressure points, dietary suggestions, qi qong/movement therapy, or lifestyle changes.