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Acupressure is a therapeutic touch technique based on traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that the body's vital energy, or Qi, flows along invisible channels called meridians; blockages cause pain and disease.
Practitioners utilize the same concept as acupuncture; that is stimulation of trigger points on the surface of the body in an attempt to balance Qi (energy flow) and restore the body’s equilibrium. While acupuncture utilizes needles to stimulate these points, acupressure involves placing gentle pressure by hand, fingers, elbows or with an assortment of devices.
Acupuncture is a technique based on traditional and classical Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that the body's vital energy, or qi, flows between the skin surface and the internal organs along invisible channels called meridians; blockages cause pain and disease. Practitioners use the method of stimulating trigger points on the surface of the body in an attempt to balance chi (energy flow) and restore the body’s equilibrium.. While acupressure involves placing gentle pressure by hand, fingers, elbows or an assortment of devices, acupuncture utilizes extremely thin needles at various depths to stimulate these points.
Alpha Stim is the application of direct electrical treatment by a medical device using microcurrents of electricity to stimulate nerves for pain management and cranial stimulation for emotional disorders.
Alpha Stim has been shown to be greatly effective in alleviating acute, chronic and postoperative pain. Many double blind scientific studies have been conducted with an overwhelming percentage of positive results supporting its therapeutic effectiveness. Surveys conducted by physicians as well a peer review forums have supported the results of the scientific studies. An additional benefit attributed to this mode of treatment is the fact that no significant side effects have been reported. Minor effects reported by a very small percentage of patients utilizing this method included mild headaches and self limiting reddening of the skin at the electrode site.
Aside from pain management, Alpha Stim is also effective for stress related emotional conditions. This healing method has been shown to relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia. The tiny electrical currents that the alpha stim device emits are similar to the ones found naturally in the brain. Clinical studies have shown that with the use of these micro currents electrical output of the brain is normalized and the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and beta endorphins is increased. These two neurotransmitters are known to control the electrical outputs of the brain and are responsible for chemical balance in the brain affecting human emotions.
Bach Flower Therapy
Bach Flower Therapy is a method of energy healing that utilizes a dilution of flower essences for therapeutic purposes. Dr. Bach developed these combinations of flower essences which are dilutions of water and 38 different flowers that are geared towards promoting physical wellness and healing by restoring emotional harmony. Dr. Bach believed that human illnesses were greatly influenced by the person’s emotional response to that illness. The flower essences were meant to address the body’s energy and feeling as well as spiritual and emotional responses.
Gua Sha is an east Asian healing technique that utilizes a round edged smooth tool to gently scrape or stroke the skin, and produce petechiae (raised red spots on the skin). (in Chinese Gua refers to “scraping:” while Sha refers to the petechia). This gentle pressure stimulates certain energy points along, the face and body to promote qi (energy) flow, alleviates its stagnation and removes toxins from the body.
Herbal Therapy is an alternative mode of healing that is based on the use of plants and their extracts for therapeutic purposes. It is the oldest form of medicine. An herb formula is built to suit the individual diagnoses of each person. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal therapy is geared toward treating syndromes related to body systems. Herbal Therapy like other alternative modalities is used in conjunction with other healing methods towards a holistic approach of healing the individual. Herbs are available in different forms such as dried, fresh, liquid, as well as in capsules, tables or powders.
Homeopathy is a holistic approach to healing that is based on the theory of “Law of Similar” which basically purports that “like should be treated with like.” The word originates from the Greek words “Homios” meaning same and Pathos meaning suffering. Homeopathic practitioners use substances that would cause disease in normal doses but would stimulate the body’s healing response at a much attenuated homeopathic dose. The aim of this treatment is to bring the body to homeostasis or balance of physical and mental well being.
Infrared Therapy is a kind of low-energy laser that utilizes light in the infrared spectrum as a healing modality. There are many benefits that can be achieved with this mode of treatment. Studies have shown that infrared therapy has been effective in treating inflammation, pain and muscle spasms. Practitioners have utilized its capacity for deep penetration to produce muscle and blood vessel relaxation. This is useful in alleviating pain especially when it’s related to over exertion of the muscles or spasmodic episodes. In addition, relaxation of the walls of the blood vessels increases the circulation and allows for quicker removal of toxins from the body.
Jade Roller Therapy
Jade Roller Therapy is a Chinese healing technique that utilizes a round jade stone to gently glide and roll over the skin. This gentle pressure stimulates the cells in the face and body to promote lymph and blood flow and remove toxins from the body. It also promotes relaxation by soothing the nervous system. The jade stone has special energy qualities that have been used by the Chinese for many years for different healing treatments. It has also been used to enhance beauty and as an antiaging tool due to its ability to help the skin absorb nutrients while detoxifying it.
Moxibustion is a technique based on traditional and classical Chinese Medicine in which a tightly wound cluster of a number of herbs in form of a stick or a cone is burned and placed either directly on the skin or on acupuncture needles. In fact, many practitioners incorporate it with an acupuncture session. The aim of this method is to promote healing by increasing the flow of Qi and blood, which is blocked or stagnated.
Nutritional Counseling is a method of utilizing dietary plans and patterns towards treatment of disorders as well as promotion and maintenance of health and well-being. Health practitioners utilizing dietary guidance believe that appropriate food choices favorably influence an individual’s physical as well as emotional and mental status. Traditional Chinese Medical practitioners choose specific foods based on the concepts of yin and yang. Though they are considered polar opposites they are both needed to maintain balance in the body. Therefore a diet plan instituted by a TCM practitioner will include foods from both categories. Western medical practitioners and nutritionists will focus on scientific studies of different chemical reactions in the body related to the food ingested, to create a diet plan that is geared towards optimal health.
Quartz Crystal Energy
This quintessential healing crystal is believed to produce harmony within the body, while it strengthens and stabilizes the body's energy fields. Since the key to all healing is energy, lack of energy in the cells caused by blockages or interruptions to its normal flow will cause illness and pain. Quartz crystal supplies the energy the body lacks that is so vital in repairing damage and maintaining health. Studies have also shown that since humans emit electrical energy, touching a crystal stimulates its electrons producing more energy that is transferred to one who touches it. The health benefits attributed to this healing modality include: enhancement of the immune system, pain management, increased energy and stamina as well as improvement of memory.
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