Chinese Herbs & Herbology
What is Chinese Herbology?
Chinese herbs have been used safely and medicinally in Eastern medicine for over 2,000 years. They have minimal side effects, and when carefully combined and balanced by a certified herbologist, such as Greg, Michaela & Dylan, will treat the main concerns of our patients, but also address secondary problems. Herbs can be prescribed to help with pain conditions, digestive disorders, infertility and menstrual disorders, insomnia, viral illness and more.
Chinese herbs range from “Food Herbs”, which are eaten as part of a healthy diet for nutritional support and preventative maintenance, to “Medicinal Herbs” which are formulated and combined specifically to each person’s body constitution, environment and symptoms.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs work synergistically to energetically reprogram and rebalance the body’s systems and functions.
What Is Moxa (or Moxibustion)?
The word “moxa” or “moxibustion” is a Japanese word meaning “burning herb”.
This modality uses a Chinese herb called mugwort. It is heated and used with Acupuncture needles to provide treatment.
Moxa sticks can be used on their own to stimulate an acupuncture point or can be used on a point where an acupuncture needle has been inserted. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi at the treatment points.
Mugwort has been used alongside acupuncture for over 3 thousand years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
What Is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique that helps break up the stagnation of blood flow in the areas of pain in the body. A smooth-edged instrument is used to apply short or long strokes in the pain areas or on the back parallel to the spine.
While gua sha is most commonly used to treat pain, it can also be used to treat conditions such as, asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, fever, heatstroke, fibromyalgia, strains, sprains, and muscle spasms.
What Is Qigong?
Qigong (can also be spelled Ch’i Kung) – pronounced “chee – gong” is a Chinese healing and energy medicine system. It includes breathing techniques, gentle yoga-like movements and meditation to cleanse, strengthen and circulate “qi” – or “chi” energy throughout the body.
Greg Carder implements the qigong practice into his acupuncture treatments.