Traditonal Chinese Acupuncture 針刺
Devised in China before 2500 BC, one or more small metal needles are inserted at precise points along 12 meridians/pathways in the body, through which the normal qi/processes flow, in order to restore yin-yang balance and treat disease caused by obstructions to this flow.
Japanese Acupuncture 日本針灸
Palpation is an important diagnostic tool. Japanese-style acupuncture tends to place more focus on palpation of the channels and abdomen for treatment. Palpation dictates which points are chosen for treatment, rather than choosing according to disease or theory. Points are found as an excess or lack of energy, leading to disharmony and disease. The needles are extremely thin in comparison to those used in Chinese style acupuncture and the insertion much shallower, so are especially suited for patients who are anxious about needles as the treatment is virtually painless. This form of palpation lends to proper point location and therefore better quality outcomes and success.
Auricular Acupuncture 耳針
Acupuncture is performed using points on the ear that have been mapped to specific anatomic areas of the body. This method has been adopted recently by physicians in the U.S. Air Force as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs for treatment of pain, addiction, and psychological disorders.
Moxa, a powdered or charcoal form of the plant mugwort, is used to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating/returning circulation through the points and inducing an improved flow of Nutrients, Blood, and Qi.
Fire Cupping 火拔罐
Method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum on the patient's skin. The therapy is used to dispel stagnation—stagnant blood, lymph, and fluid, thereby improving qi flow—to treat diseases. Cupping is used on back, neck, shoulder and other regions. Most commonly used for treatment of musculoskeletal and respiratory conditions.
Chinese Herbal Medicine 中藥
Herbal medicine prescription is one of the most important modalities utilized in East Asian Medicine. The ancient doctors discovered ways of combining the appropriate herbs to cancel out their side effects and maximize the efficacy as well as potency of those herbs. They call it the art of herbal prescription. Today, Chinese herbs have been used to successfully treat many modern diseases such as fibromyalgia & pain, allergy & sinus infection, insomnia, irritable bowel, anxiety/depression, and many more. A single herbal prescription that you consume can take care of multiple symptoms, minus the side effects. Last but not least, Chinese herbs are also useful in reducing the side effects of conventional drugs such as antibiotics, chemotherapy, etc.
At TNMC we maintain an herbal pharmacy composed of over 500 raw, powdered, and prepared traditional Chinese herbs. Quality, safety, and efficacy is our focus. Our herbs are pesticide and heavy-metal free and certified organic if possible (Approximately 80% of our raw herbs are organic!) Each herbal medicine prescription is a formula of many herbs tailored to the individual patient. Unlike western medications, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients. Herbal formulas may be prescribed in tea or pill form. A key to success is the treatment of each patient as an individual.