Eastern Healing

Eastern Healing or Traditional Chinese medicine

At A Healer’s Hand we provide “Eastern Healing” utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is the oldest continually practiced health-care system in the world. TCM is used by 25% of the world’s population, and is the primary form of medicine in many Asian countries. TCM does not diagnose diseases. It identifies patterns of imbalance in the body. Treatments are designed to restore balance in the body, which allows the body to heal itself. TCM is a holistic healthcare system that incorporates all aspects of a person’s health. The body, mind, and spirit are evaluated together when determining the patterns of imbalance. Any disharmony within the body, mind, or spirit can affect the other.

Chinese herbal formulas are individually designed to bring the body into balance and to complement and reinforce the acupuncture. Most formulas use between 8 and 15 medicinal substances to harmonize, nourish, and strengthen the body. Because the ingredients are carefully chosen, their synergistic effects are far greater than commonly used single western herbs.

Moxibustion is used in combination with acupuncture by applying an indirect heat source to stimulate the acupuncture points. The heat source can be a warming herb called “moxa” or a special heat lamp. The heat source does not make direct contact with the body.

Chinese Acupressure and Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage)

Chinese Medical Massage (Tui Na) and Acupressure are modalities of manual tissue manipulation to return the body into homeostasis or balance. The practitioner uses massage and acupressure to address the imbalance and appropriately nourish, drain, tonify, or sedate and bring balance to the patient. The Chinese believe that pain is caused by blockage of energy (qi) and/or blood. Because Chinese Massage (Tui Na) incorporates various techniques and pattern recognition, it is able to target therapeutic differences for each individual case. Acupressure is a way to enjoy the benefi ts of acupuncture without needles. Although acupuncture is always encouraged, acupressure is still an effective and non-invasive alternative for ages one to 100. This approach to healing has been utilized for over 2,500 years and continues to be successful across hospitals and centers all over the world.

What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

The World Health Organization has approved acupuncture for the treatment of over 40 common disorders such as:

  • Musculo-skeletal
    Tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, TMJ, sciatica, low back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • Gynecological
    Menstrual irregularity, endometriosis, PMS, infertility, menopausal syndrome
  • Psycho-emotional & Neurological
    Depression, anxiety, insomnia, headache, migraine, post-stroke paralysis, dizziness, tinnitus, intercostals neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia
  • Gastrointestinal
    Food allergies, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, ulcers, colitis
  • Respiratory
    Colds & fl us, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, emphysema
  • Ear, Nose & Throat
    Toothaches, earaches, sinusitis, rhinitis
  • Circulatory
    Hypertension, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris
  • Urogenital
    Cystitis, stress incontinence, prostatitis, neurogenic bladder, prostatic hypertrophy

Are there any side effects of Traditional Chinese medicine?

No, not if the points and formula are properly chosen. If there are any side effects, it means an imbalance remains and the treatments need to be adjusted. The effects of herbal substances have been researched for thousands of years to ensure their safety.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required depends on the duration, severity, and nature of the health problem. A single treatment can produce remarkable results, but may have to be followed with herbal formulas or additional treatments.

Is Traditional Chinese Medicine safe for children and pregnant mothers?

Yes, under the care of a trained practitioner TCM is safe for everyone. In fact, TCM is well suited to treat pregnancy and post-partum complications including threatened and habitual miscarriage, morning sickness, and labor and delivery problems.