The Healing Lounge offers:
· Chinese Herbs and Formulas
· Meridian Shiatsu (Therapeutic Massage)
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Chinese Herbs and Formulas, used by Chinese people for thousands of years, are oral supplements extracted from natural substances such as herbs, animals and minerals to treat variety of conditions and symptoms. Prescribing Chinese herbs requires in-depth knowledge and understanding the effects each ingredient and/or each combination of ingredients has on human body. It is a form of art and the effectiveness of the formulas depends heavily on the knowledge and experience of the doctor.
Moxibustion is an oriental medicine therapy utilizing moxa, or mugwort herb. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia. Suppliers usually age the mugwort and grind it up to a fluff; practitioners burn the fluff or process it further into a stick that resembles a (non-smokable) cigar. They can use it indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or sometimes burn it on a patient’s skin. Moxibustion is used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture for preventing health conditions and alleviating pain. This technique enhances the effects of treatments through deep penetration of heat into the tissues of the body. Many patients report an extreme feeling of muscle relaxation and peace of mind with moxibustion treatments.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands (and even feet).
Meridian Shiatsu (Japanese: 経絡指圧) is a derivative form of the Japanese therapy Shiatsu. It uses the Meridian theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine that was introduced into Japan from China. Meridian Shiatsu contrasts with Tsubo Shiatsu where the Tsubos or acupuncture points are determined from an anatomical and physiological perspective.
Cupping is a therapy in which a jar is attached to the skin surface to cause local congestion through the negative pressure created by introducing heat in the form of an ignited material. In the ancient times in China, the cupping method was called “horn method”.