Tui Na

Are Acupuncture needles safe and clean?


At Harmony Healing only pre-sterilized single use needles are utilized, and are properly disposed of in medical waste containers after each use.



How does the acupuncture treatment begin?


On your first visit, you will give information about your current and previous health history to help establish a medical record. Then you will be asked to sign a consent form that explains your acupuncture and Oriental Medical treatment protocols. The Doctor then proceeds with a detailed and comprehensive consultation and treatment.

How long is an acupuncture session?


Generally, one treatment can last for an average 60-90 minutes with the retention of the needles in the body for 60-75 minutes in average. Your initial visit will take a little longer to complete the evaluation and physical examination process.

What is an acupuncture treatment like? Does it hurt?


The needles are typically not much thicker than a hair, and the insertion is practically painless. In some cases, you will probably feel some tingling, warmth, or heaviness and very little to no pain. In general, most patients find acupuncture to be very pleasant and relaxing.



Frequently Asked Questions

How does Chinese herbal Medicine work? Are there any side effects?


The herbs should not be taken as food or vitamins. They have their own potential effects just like medications. Virtually, there are no side effects if you get the right formulas for your conditions. If you experience any discomfort while taking these herbs, always discuss it with your Herbal Medicine practitioner.

What is Acupuncture and what effects does it have on your body?

How does an Oriental Medicine Practitioner perform a diagnosis?

to the localized area. Cupping is a therapy used to stimulate the blood flow & Qi within the superficial muscle layers. It is used for sore muscles, tension, neck & back pain and common cold. A small glass or plastic cups are used over specific area of the body; a vacuum is created under the cup using heat or suction.


Cupping is a safe, non-invasive, and an inexpensive technique that can be use to treat many conditions such as upper respiratory infections, and internal organs disorder, muscular pain, bone pain and spasms, particularly on the back and shoulders.  Cupping disperses and moves Qi and Blood by exerting suction created a vacuum using heat and pressure on the prescribed area. There are also manual pumping cups available for those patients that are apprehensive about the heat and the burning flame to crate the suction. Cupping is generally considered a painless procedure.

What is Oriental Medicine and how does it work?

Oriental Medicine is a comprehensive medical system that includes Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Acupressure/Tuina (manipulation therapy), and moxibustion The treatment principles are based on the theory of the polar opposites Yin/Yang, (Excess/Deficient, Stagnation/moving, etc.) and the five elements theory (Wood, fire, earth Metal, Water), which correspond to different energy channels or meridians that affect all internal organs. These treatment methods have been used over the millennia to treat many conditions and help the body restore its physiological state of balance. The general effect is by allowing the QI (pronounced CHI, meaning vital energy) and blood that supplements and nourishes every cell in the body to flow freely. Any interruption or blockage in the systematic flow of that energy (QI) can lead to disharmony, imbalance and ultimately disease may occur.

Acupuncture was in practice for over 5000 years to relieve pain and treat medical disorders. It has affects on the endocrine, immune and nervous systems. Acupuncture treatment involves the stimulation of points located on the energy channels that extend over the surface of the body, which are known as meridians. The ultimate effects of a treatment causes the systemic release of neurotransmitters and neuro-hormones from the subcortex and pituitary region of the brain like Beta-endorphins (The body’s natural pain killer), serotonin, enkephalins and increased T-cells that stimulate the immune functions.Type your paragraph here.

sciatica, muscle spasms, and pain in the back, neck, hip, thigh ankles and shoulders. It also helps chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches, including migraines, and the tension associated with stress, and even mental and emotional health. Tui Na is appropriate for both acute and chronic pain.


Do I need to be hurt to benefit from Tui Na?

Although Tui Na may be used for any musculo-skeletal problem, it is a great bodywork modality for the maintenance of optimal health and the prevention of disease.

How should I prepare for a Tui Na treatment?


As Tui Na does not usually apply any oils or use mechanical devices, it is not necessary to undress during a session. You will be asked to wear loose slacks such as gym pants/slacks and a light, natural fiber T-shirt or blouse, or you may bring the above clothing and change when you arrive.

How often and how many Tui Na treatments are necessary?


This varies greatly, depending primarily on the health concerns and condition of the patient. For acute phase, one to three treatments are often sufficient to resolve the pain and improve flexibility. For chronic condition, treatment on a weekly, twice monthly, or monthly schedule may be advised. Often during our acupuncture session, this modality is added to complement the treatment and for prevention and wellness.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion, (jiŭ) dated back approximately 3,000 years. It is part of Oriental Medicine healing therapy utilizing mugwort herb, Artemsia Vulgaris. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia. Moxa can be applied directly and indirectly, with acupuncture needles and can be used in various ways. It can be applied directly on the skin, or rolls of moxa can be held over the point being treated. The warmth penetrates deeply into the point without burning the skin.


The benefit of that Moxa is used to warm regions of the body and acupuncture points and stimulates circulation to induce a smoother flow of blood and Qi and protects against cold and dampness in the body. Moxa is used for pain and deficient conditions. It is clinically effective for common conditions such as: Acute and Chronic Pain (Frozen Shoulder, Back pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome), digestive upset (Diarrhea, IBS), Women's Disorders, and sexual function (Impotence, Decreased Libido etc.)

Scientific research has shown that mugwort can stimulates blood-flow in the pelvic area and uterus. Moxibustion is also used as an effective method to turn breech babies.




Cupping

Cupping (bei xi fa) (ba huo guan), is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that long history of use in acupuncture practice to alter a patient's suffering or as part of an existing treatment. Other countries such as Greece, France, Italy, Turkey, and regions of Eastern Europe and South America have utilized this technique. The technique is said to influence the flow of both Qi and blood throughout the body and or meridians. Cupping therapy stimulates micro blood circulation

Tui Na (tūi ná) literally translates to "push pull", dated back to over 1500 years ago. It is a form of manipulation therapy that is applied to acupressure points, and channels and muscles group like acupressure, massage, and bodywork. Tui Na incorporates techniques that are similar to Western and Asian massage, chiropractic, osteopathic, and western physical therapy.


Tui Na uses a variety of hand techniques and passive and active stretching to restore correct anatomical musculoskeletal relationships, neuromuscular patterns, and to increase the circulation of Qi and Blood to remove biochemical irritants. Its benefits are the ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. It's especially effective for joint pain such as arthritis,

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Cups are sometimes placed over an acupuncture needle during treatment, sliding. It is advisable that patients may wish to remain lying down for several minutes or to wrap up and keep warm after a cupping session. Other dietary changes, herbal remedies and other health recommendations may also be advised.

Cupping causes blood to be drawn to the surface of the skin. Red marks, swelling, and circular bruising can appear. These marks will subside with in a few hours or days.

Harmony Healing Acupuncture

Oriental Medicine is unique and takes into account all aspects of the individual health to personalize a pattern of discrimination, disharmony or imbalances. This pattern of diagnosis is made through four basic examinations. They are:

1. Inspecting face, eyes, posture, especially the tongue and its coating.

2. Listening and smelling,

3. Palpation, feeling the pulses on both wrists.

Questioning about the course and the history of the condition as well as about all others bodily functions.