Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) Evaluation
A TCM practitioner can diagnose a patient by using the following methods:
1. Pulse diagnosis in order to tell the rate, movement, and vitality of 6 main organs in the body.
2. Sensory diagnosis is using the four senses (visual, auditory, olfactory and palpation) where the ailment is coming from and characteristics of the problem.
3. Tongue diagnosis is looking at the tongue and being able to see how the body is functioning.
4. Questioning is very important way to piece together or verify the diagnosis.
Acupuncture is the insertion of stainless-steel needles into the body at specific points. This method is used to manipulate the energy within the affected meridian, organ or treatment area. At Healing Tao Acupuncture Center, we only use disposable needles, one-time insertion and dispose according to Clean Needle Technique.
Cupping is a technique where specialized glass or plastic cups create a suction onto the skin. The air suction, which the cups can either be left in place or moved along the body, helps with circulation, relaxes muscles and detoxes the body.
Traditional (fire) cupping uses a heat flame to create a vacuum seal inside of glass cups. This method can help with cases where the patient feels cold or stagnant. Nowadays, plastic cups have been introduced for safety and convenience. We use both glass/fire cupping and plastic cupping at HTA. It is determined by the acupuncturist which is necessary for the patient.
HTA proudly provides a specialized ancient technique called “Bleeding and Cupping.” This method is used for areas that has long standing poor circulating blood. These cases include arthritis, joint pain, low back pain, sprained ankles, etc. This method is very effective and often is the key to help a patient become pain-free.
Guasha is an ancient Chinese scraping technique that is often used to help with blood and Qi circulation and/or release cold air between the skin and muscle layers. It is a good treatment for the first stages or cold or flu. This technique also helps facilitate the movement of skin, fascia, scar tissue and muscles. It has been adopted by Chiropractors and Physical Therapists as a form of treatment.
Electro-Stimulation Acupuncture is regular acupuncture with electro-current clips that allows safe stimulation through the needle. The frequency and intensity of the current delivered to the body can be adjusted depending on the condition being treated. The stimulation helps with circulation and waking up nerves and muscles. What you will typically feel with electrostimulation is a tapping, tingling, or buzzing feeling at the needle area which is not painful.
KOREAN HAND THERAPY (KHT)
KHT is a system that treats the body using the patient’s hands. Similar, but more complex than foot reflexology, stimulating specific points can resolve pain and balance internal organ function. KHT was discovered in 1971 by Dr. Tae-Woo Yoo, O.M.D., Ph.D. in Korea. It is a very effective form of treatment and rather straight forward.
Auricular Detoxification treatment is the placement of small acupuncture needles into 5 specific sites on each ear of a patient. It helps patients become more relaxed while going through a recovery process. It is commonly used for addictions, trauma and life changes and has been shown to be very effective.
At HTA, we are certified in AD.
Scalp acupuncture is a technique of inserting needles parallel to the scalp to stimulate areas of the brain. From a Western Medicine perspective, these zones correspond to the cortical areas of the cerebrum and cerebellum responsible for central nervous system functions such as motor activity, sensory input, vision, speech, hearing, and balance. It has been proven to be a most effective technique for treating acute and chronic central nervous system disorders such as stroke, Parkinson’s, anxiety, and Bell’s Palsy.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is the insertion of small half inch needles along wrinkles and fine lines in order to activate the muscles underneath the face. This activation will create an awakening and allow collagen and other nutrients to flow therefore help with the consistency of the skin and muscles. This treatment is done one to two times a week for 4-12 sessions and remarkable changes has been acquired.