East meets West
Acupuncture literally translated means "needle piercing". It is the practice of inserting very fine needles into the body to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body called acupoints. These points are stimulated to balance the flow of energy (Qi) in the body promoting health & well-being. Practitioners may also use heat, pressure (Shiatsu Therapy), cupping suction, or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate these points.
Shiatsu is a Japanese word that means "finger pressure". The technique uses the thumb (as well as palm, elbow and feet) to apply holding pressure on selected acupressure points around the body. The treatment also includes rotations and stretches of limbs, joints and meridians. What makes Shiatsu a unique therapy is that it combines diagnosis and treatment.
Shiatsu, like Traditional Chinese Medicine, believes that disease is a result of an imbalance of Qi energy or life force, in the pathways of energy, or meridians. Treatment aims to unblock the flow of Qi energy in order to bring healing and balance to the body, mind and spirit. Shiatsu also incorporates the modern Western sciences of anatomy, physiology and pathology. According to Western medicine, Shiatsu works by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system to calm and relax the body.
Scientific studies have shown that acupuncture and Chinese medicine promote fertility in the following ways:
• Improves ovarian function to yield higher quality eggs
• Regulates hormones for increased production of follicles
• Increases blood flow to the uterus and increases the thickness of the uterine lining
• Prevents uterine contraction post IVF embryo transfer
• Reduces the side effects of IVF medication
• Improves sperm count, motility, morphology and reduce sperm DNA fragmentation
• Increases chance of conceiving
• Decreases chance of miscarriage
Patients benefit greatly by taking time to prepare the woman's body prior to attempting conception. By addressing the pattern of imbalance indicated by a Chinese medical diagnosis, complaints such as irregular and painful periods, PMS, and endometriosis often improve dramatically. Reductions in symptoms are often accompanied by noticeable changes in the quality of the period itself, quantifiable changes in hormonal levels, and improvements in the quantity and quality of viable eggs harvested during IVF. Significantly reduced levels of anxiety and stress and enhanced feelings of overall well being are often reported as other benefits.Read IVF/IUI Booster programs Read fertility programs
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, also known as "The Non-Surgical Face-lift", is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles into the acupuncture points on the face. This superficial insertion will increase the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. Due to its ability to drain toxins and regulate the skin and muscles, it clears heat and serves as a method of detoxifying the skin; it also drains stagnant fluids and eases puffiness.
Cupping is a massage modality that finds its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. For thousands of years the Chinese have used therapeutic cupping for asthma, fever, congestion and chronic or acute pain. The practice uses glass cups to create a vacuum seal on areas of the body. The suction created by this seal mobilizes blood flow and help expel negative energies from the body.
Cupping massage gains popularity among the Hollywood celebrity community in recent years for its benefits in skin rejuvenation. The suctioning effect of the cups is meant to get blood and energy flowing in order to counteract any stagnation. As a result, cupping treatments detoxify and cleanse the body.
In a fast-paced world, it is easy to overwork yourself, take on too many commitments, and extend yourself to the point of exhaustion. This mind and body imbalance weakens our immune system and makes us more vulnerable to illness. If we take care of ourselves by eating properly, getting enough rest and exercise, and practicing techniques that release tension and balance our bodies - then our resistance to illness is strong. If, on the other hand, we abuse our bodies, push ourselves too hard, eat poorly, don't exercise, and fail to release tension, our immune system weakens, and we are more prone to illness. We have several effective holistic programs and natural products that can strengthen the immune system and can help you ward off disease.
According to traditional Chinese medicine principle, human body gain excess weight due to imbalance within the body caused by malfunctioning of the spleen and liver organ systems.
In TCM Five Elements model, the spleen governs the digestive system that transform the food we eat into Qi, the vital substance of life. Disharmony of the spleen will have symptoms such as fatigue, slow metabolism, water retention, loose stool, and feeling of heaviness. Working closing with the spleen system is the liver system that oversees flow of body’s Qi. The two systems running properly, our bodies enjoy an emotionally calm and harmony environment. Our modern, fast-paced lifestyle and chronic stress can deteriorate the liver’s ability to function properly and smoothly. It in turn causes the whole digestive system to function poorly and decrease body metabolism. Liver disharmony can lower our tolerance to stress and lead to cravings and compulsive eating.
A growing body of research supports the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine in weight loss. A 2003 study published in The Journal of Medical Acupuncture found that participants receiving acupuncture lost more than three times more weight than the control group. The results showed that the acupuncture group was more likely to experience a reduced appetite and to lose weight than the control group.
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Holistic Health Check
We believe in a holistic approach to health care and view acupuncture and other alternative medicine as vital components of today’s medical and wellness community. As such, we now offer a special health care service: Holistic Health Check.
Holistic health check will tell you how well you eat, drink and sleep and your stress level from a holistic point of view. This check is primarily based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)’s unique diagnosis. Based on the findings of the health check, you will take home with our Recommended Plan of Care with self care tips such as self massage, micro-meridian massage, meridian exercises, and functional foods etc.
Therapeutic Body Massage
Massage Therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old. It is a widely accepted and effective treatment for reducing stress, decreasing muscle pain and stiffness, and for aiding in rehabilitation and postural realignment. Massage therapists use a variety of techniques that, along with prescribed client self care, help to facilitate improved health and well being.