Acupuncture is just one modality of Eastern Medicine, which also includes physical or external therapies, such as massage and cupping; internal therapies, such as herbal medicine; and exercise, such as Tai Chi. At Middle Path Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, we offer a variety of these ancient medical treatments to promote both health and harmony in your life. Give us a call today to discuss the treatment options shown below.
Physical or External Medicine
- Tui Na – an ancient body treatment based on Chinese Taoist and martial arts techniques and designed to bring the body and mind into balance. The name comes from two movements — tui, meaning “to push,” and na, meaning “to lift and squeeze.” During treatment, one of our practitioners may rub, knead, and press areas between the joints in order to get the body’s energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. The primary benefit of Tui Na is maintaining overall balance with both physical and mental health.
- Dit Da – Meaning “to fall” and “to hit,” dit da is a form of Chinese treatment in which the human body is seen from a structural perspective, focusing on bones, muscles, tendons, arteries and chi-channels. Treatments can range from bone-setting to accupressure to external herbal applications.
- Cupping – the use of small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices to pull the skin away from the body to increase blood flow and break up tension. Suction is most often created by swabbing rubbing alcohol onto the bottom of the cup, then lighting it and putting the cup immediately against the skin. Once suction is created, the cup can be moved across a patient’s lubricated skin in a technique known as “running cupping,” which results in temporary bruising of the treated area which increases blow flow to the area, providing pain relief and healing. Cupping is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to treat fatigue, anxiety, back and neck pains, and stiff muscles.
- Gua Sha (gwah-sha) – a treatment in which the lubricated skin is stroked repeatedly with a smooth, rounded edge to stimulate blood flow and release unhealthy elements in the treated area. This form of treatment, which often results in light bruising, has been found by some clinical studies to boost the immune system and reduce chronic inflammation.
- Moxibustion – the burning of the dried herb mugwort to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of energy within the body, and maintain general health. Often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion is generally prescribed to promote longevity and prevent disease.
- Herbal Medicine – Chinese herbal medicine utilizes more than 450 different substances, including some you might find in your kitchen, such as cinnamon, ginger, or garlic. Herbal therapies are used to treat a variety of medical conditions and are often customized to individual patients by blending various herbs into a formula. As an internal medicine, herbal therapies are often used to treat conditions such as gastro-intestinal disorders, gynecological problems, and urinary complications.
- Dietary Medicine – Dietary medicine is the practice of prescribing certain foods based on their energetic effects in bringing the Yin and Yang back into alignment when treating certain ailments. All foods are categorized according to five different flavors—sour, bitter, sweet, pungent and salty—and four different natures—cool, cold, warm, and hot.
- Sonopuncture – Also known as acutonics, sonopuncture is the stimulation of traditional acupuncture points using narrow, high-frequency beams of sound instead of needles. These audio beams are most often produced using metal tuning forks of various frequencies. Often used in treatment of musculoskeletal pain and other conditions for patients who have aversions to acupuncture needles.
- Laserpuncture – Much like it sounds, laserpuncture involves the use of lasers at specific wavelengths, wattage, and time to stimulate acupoints along specific meridians where needles are traditionally used. Often used in those cases where needle acupuncture shows little result.
- Aquapuncture – Aquapuncture is the injection of B12 into traditional acupuncture points using smaller insulin-size needles. Though it is perfectly safe for use with human patients, it is often used on animals because of their unwillingness to sit still for traditional acupuncture and/or sonopuncture and laserpuncture.
- Tai Chi – also known as tai ji, this ancient form of exercise has become quite popular in the West because of its easy incorporation into personal daily regimens and its effectiveness in reducing stress and treating other medical conditions. Tai Chi’s low-impact movements place minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
- Qigong – also spelled chi kung, Qigong is an ancient spiritual practice designed to align body, breath, and mind in the promotion of good health. Meaning “life energy cultivation,” Qigong combines elements of meditation, slow movement, and deep breathing in order to reduce stress and boost the immune system. It is also recommended to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, and digestive functions.
- Dao Yin – with a literal meaning of “guiding and stretching,” Dao Yin (or Tao Yin) is an ancient form of exercise that combines stretching and breathing techniques with a goal of improving general health and increasing longevity. Often called the “Taoist yoga,” Dao Yin is a precursor of Qigong and was often practiced in Chinese Taoist monasteries to promote good health and spiritual well being.