“Acupuncture and herbal medicine are paths to renewal for those of us who barely take time to slow down, much less allow ourselves to partake in a healing, nurturing, relaxing experience through natural holistic modalities. We provide a unique approach to healthcare by integrating Chinese/Korean style acupuncture with Japanese style acupuncture and oriental herbal medicine, nutritional counseling and a tailored exercise plan.”
Acupuncture is based on the Eastern concepts of Yin and Yang and the Five-Phase theory. It is a healing art that was developed in China, Korea, Japan and other Asian countries over 2,500 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine considers Qi (also known as Chi or Ki) to be our vital energy or life force. Qi flows along pathways or “meridians” which run through of our limbs and organs. Health is a state of homeostasis where there is balanced and harmonious flow of Qi throughout our bodies. Conversely, imbalances can lead to many ailments.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin needles at specific points in the body. These points are along the meridians and conduct the Qi. Each of these points act as a gate—controlling the flow of Qi on the specific meridian along with their corresponding organs. The insertion of needles allows the Qi to flow properly through the meridians. Acupuncture is based on restoring homeostasis by promoting the flow of Qi, invigorating energy and blood, thus restoring the best state of balance and promoting well-being. Treasure Moon Healing uses the following styles of acupuncture solely or in combination, to maximize the efficacy of treatment according to your condition
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
TCM Acupuncture is the general term for the style of acupuncture in which most acupuncturists are trained, and the style that is most widely practiced. As this is the most foundational grouping, there is a broad range of techniques used and treatment protocols based on TCM theory.
Japanese Acupuncture is a style of acupuncture that requires additional training above and beyond general TCM theory and practice. The techniques within Japanese acupuncture are generally aimed at using the least amount of stimulation to create the greatest effect. In contrast with TCM, Japanese acupuncture typically uses thinner needles, fewer points and less stimulation by using more shallow needle insertions, even to the point of just touching the needle to the skin. Additionally, while not entirely unique to Japanese acupuncture, practitioners tend to use the abdomen as a diagnostic tool more often than other styles of acupuncture.
Five Element Acupuncture
Five Element Acupuncture is a specialty practice, which can be similar in needling style to Japanese/Korean Acupuncture, but tends to concentrate more on the psycho-spiritual nature of a person to heal disease – including physical disease.
Auricular Acupuncture may be considered both an adjunctive technique and a specialty area. Auricular acupuncture uses the ears as a microcosm, or representation, of the entire body. By diagnosing and treating the ears, one can treat conditions anywhere in the body, and also address psychological issues. One area where Auricular Acupuncture is used extensively is in drug and alcohol detox centers where the NADA Protocol is used to help people deal with addictions.
Oriental herbal medicine is based on the same theory and philosophy as acupuncture. Herbal medicine has been used in China for centuries and is backed by a long and rich history of development, use and research. When prescribed by a trained herbalist, it can have a profoundly positive effect on one’s health. A combination of acupuncture and Oriental herbal medicine will often generate the most optimal results. Chinese herbs differ from western herbs in that they are almost always prescribed as a formula containing 5 – 15 herbs out of thousands of herbs. Combining different types of herbs in different quantities for the specific condition by experienced and certified practitioner is a healing art.
Myungjin Chung, at Treasure Moon Healing received her NCCAOM (National Certification Commission For Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) from the renowned New England School of Acupuncture, and has extensive training and experience in this field as well. She can expertly diagnose and treat your conditions with an optimal herbal prescription.
People who are suffering from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or acne, and those who are suffering from gynecological disorders such as low libido, infertility, fatigue, and pain can be greatly helped by herbal medicine.
Pregnant women can also benefit from Myungjin’s treatments. Pregnancy involves many interrelated factors, such as one’s own constitution as well as one’s partner’s health. Myungjin takes into consideration nutritional, stress-related and environmental factors, physically and mentally preparing you for a successful pregnancy.
Myungjin’ moxibustion treatment is well known for its healing abilities among her patients. Moxa is a dried plant (Artimisia Mugwort). It improves the circulation of Qi and blood and conditions associated with “cold” or “yang deficiency” in Chinese medicine such as pain, fatigue, some types of infertility, and digestive disorders. Moxibustion is also well known for its ability to stimulate a breech baby to turn in 69-85% of cases according to various studies. Moxibustion helps to increase blood circulation, tonify energy and stimulate digestive system function as well as boost the immune system.
Cupping is an adjunctive technique used in acupuncture treatments. It has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. There are many different ways to cup; the most common are Fire Cupping and Suction Cupping. The vacuum state inside the cup sucks out stagnation of Qi and blood in the body toward the surface of the skin and releases them, thus relieving pain and promoting healing. Cupping also may cause temporary redness but it dissipates within a few days as circulation and of Qi and blood are improved.
Gua sha (Chinese: 刮痧) is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped with ceramic spoon or similar tools to improve local circulations of Qi and blood. After gua sha is performed on the skin, redness arises but then disappears as the stagnation of Qi and blood resolve.
Along with your herbal prescription, Myungjin will guide you to the best nutritional options for your specific condition. Her diet plan is based on the Macrobiotic diet, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Dr. Andrew Weil’s philosophy of nutrition.
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