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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

What is acupuncture?

Why should I get acupuncture?

What do the acupuncture needles feel like?

How long do you have to continue treatment?

What clothing should I wear?

Should I eat/drink before a treatment?

What is Zheng Gu?

What is Tui Na?

What is Ba Guan (cupping)?

What is Gua Sha (scrapping)?

What is Qi? 

What is reflexology?

What is auricular acupuncture?

What are meridians?

Is your practice based on religion?

 

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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? 

TCM is a science based on thousands of years of practical experience in China.  TCM believes that all the activities of the human body follow close patterns with nature.  These patterns follow natural changes through time, space, seasons of the year and climate.  Therefore, balance in all thing, being neither excessive nor insufficient, should be maintained.

 

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is based on the theory that Qi (energy) flows through your body along Meridians.  When the Qi is blocked, these blockages can be opened by the use of small, thin, disposable needles to stimulate the body’s innate healing process.

 

Why should I get acupuncture?

Acupuncture increased the body’s own healing process by stimulating both internal and external points.  It also treats the entire body so many different issues can be treated at the same time.  Many people receive relief

 

What do the acupuncture needles feel like?

Most patients find that the needles do not hurt. You may feel a slight pressure as the needles are inserted. At the point of insertion, you may feel a slight pressure or pinch. You may also feel a “tingle” or “zing.” This is a sign that the energy flow, or Qi, has been accessed.

 

How long do you have to continue treatment?

This is a hard question to answer and depends on the individual.  Treatments depend on your specific issues and how long the problem has existed.  What we can say is that there are three stages of treatment; Relief, Healing and Maintenance.

In the Relief Stage, we primarily focus on reducing your symptoms.  During this time, your treatments will be close together, usually 2 visits per week, until you start to feel better.

In the Healing Stage, we correct underlying causes of your symptoms with regular treatments, usually 1 visit per week.

In the Maintenance Stage, we keep you in optimum health by addressing little problems before they get bigger and providing support for the everyday stresses of life. Visits are determined by each individual.

 

What clothing should I wear?

Most treatments at YMC are performed over your clothes.  Please wear comfortable, loose clothing.  Once in the acupuncture room, you may be asked to remove an item of clothing to receive treatment depending on the area to be treated.

 

Should I eat/drink before a treatment?

We recommend that you have a small meal or snack before your treatment.  We also suggest that you drink at least 3 liters of water on the day of treatment to help flush your body of toxins.

 

What is Zheng Gu?

Zheng Gu is a treatment performed by the doctor and uses a variety of hands on mobilization techniques to manipulate the muscles, ligaments, joints and bones.

 

What is Tui Na?

Tui Na (pronounced “twee naw”) is a form of Chinese massage that uses rolling, kneading, pressing, rubbing and range of motion to release muscle tension.  This is a deeper therapeutic massage.

 

What is Ba Guan (cupping)?

Ba Guan is Cupping. Cupping therapy is the method of using glass or plastic cups to create localized pressure by creating a vacuum seal. This mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.

 

What is Gua Sha (scrapping)?

Gua Sha is the scrapping of the skin to produce light bruising which releases unhealthy toxins from injured areas while stimulating blood flow and allowing for faster healing.

 

What is Qi? 

Qi is quite simply energy.

 

What is reflexology?

This is a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body.

Reflexology Hand Chart

Reflexology – Foot Chart

 

What is auricular acupuncture?

This is a specialized therapy where acupuncture points on the outer ear are used to treat other areas of the body.  Ear Chart

 

What are meridians?

Meridians are the channels that run throughout the body and transfer Qi (energy).  There are 12 channels that connect major arteries to the associated internal organs.

The twelve standard meridians are divided into Yin and Yang groups. The Yin meridians of the arm are Lung, Heart, and Pericardium. The Yang meridians of the arm are Large Intestine, Small Intestine, and Triple Burner. The Yin Meridians of the leg are Spleen, Kidney, and Liver. The Yang meridians of the leg are Stomach, Bladder, and Gall Bladder.

Meridian Chart

 

Is your practice based on religion?

No.  We treat patients of all religions.  The doctor is a Buddhist Monk.  We do have Buddha statues and burn incense in the office to create good energy and a calming atmosphere.

 

 

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Dr. Puquan Xiao

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