Treatments Modalities

 
Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well. Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

 
Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation is a fairly new modality compared to the other modalities of Chinese medicine.  It is used to enhance the effect of acupuncture needles such as in the treatment of pain conditions, weight loss, smoking cessation, and post stroke recovery type treatements.  This technique can be very effective depending on the TCM diagnosis.  The practitioner will use electrical stimulation where appropriate.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal formulas are used as a complement to acupuncture treatment based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory pattern differentiation.  Our herbs are safe, effective, and easy to take.  In general, herbs come in three forms; raw, patent, and granules.  The traditional raw herbs are most potent and have to be cooked to extract the active ingredient prior to consumption.  Patent herbs come in already formulated pills or tablets and are taken with water just like common OTC pharmaceuticals.  Granule comes in individual herbs and are similar to raw herbs in that they allow practitioner to customize a formula unique to an individual patient's needs but without the hassle of cooking.  Just stir the formulated granules into warm water and drink.  At Revolution, we offer granules and patent herbs. 

 
Cupping

Cupping is another modality used in traditional Chinese medicine to complement acupuncture treatment.  Cupping is a process of creating a vacuum inside a glass jaw to form a suction and is placed on the skin.  Cupping can be performed on most parts of the body, but are mainly used along the erector muscle of the back.  According to TCM theory, cupping, amongst other things, can expel external conditons, move/tonify Qi, and can be sedating as well.  Most patients enjoy cupping after their first session.   

 

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." 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.

 
Gua Sha

Gua Sha is procedure in which a lubricating medium such as massage oil or medicated oil is applied to the skin to be treated.  A smooth-edged instrument is used by the acupuncturist to apply short or long strokes on the skin, typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine. This stroking motion creates raised redness (petechiae) or bruising (ecchymosis).  Pain, both acute and chronic, is the most common indication for gua sha. In the TCM tradition, pain is often times caused by the stagnation of blood in the local area of discomfort. The guiding principle behind gua sha is that this technique has the ability to break up stagnation, to promote the smooth flow of blood in the area, thereby relieving pain.  In my experience, gua sha therapy is not only limited to relieving pain, but also for a variety of other illnesses.  I have used this therapy successfully for cough, cold symptoms, fever, headache, abdominal discomfort, dizziness, and many other illnesses.  The key here is to have a correct TCM diagnosis.

 
Acupressure, Massage, Bodywork (Tui Na)

Tuina (pronounced "twee nah") is a form of Oriental bodywork that has been used in China for centuries. A combination of massage, acupressure and other forms of body manipulation, tuina works by applying pressure to acupoints, meridians and groups of muscles or nerves to remove blockages that prevent the free flow of qi. Removing these blockages restores the balance of qi in the body, leading to improved health and vitality.

Health Concerns:
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that we can effectively treat:

  • Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Colitis

  • Common cold

  • Constipation

  • Depression

  • Diarrhea

  • Digestive trouble

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

  • Fertility

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headache

  • Hiccough

  • Incontinence

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Low back pain

  • Menopause

  • Menstrual irregularities

  • Migraine

  • Morning sickness

  • Nausea

  • Reproductive problems

  • Rhinitis

  • Sciatica

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

  • Shoulder pain

  • Sinusitis

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Smoking cessation

  • Sore throat

  • Stress

  • Tennis elbow

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Urinary tract infections

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