Athletic Injury Rehabilitation And Prevention Clinic
WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE?
TCM is based upon over two thousand years of empirical practice of acupuncture and herbology. Called the TWO PILLARS, TCM physicians use these modalities to balance Qi, or micro-energies of the body. When there is an imbalance of Qi, disease can follow. This can lead to a variety of symptoms. TCM not only treats the symptoms of disease, but also its root cause.
Qi is a micro-energy that travels throughout the body. For example, it can be expressed as the energy released from ATP, or neurological impulses. It is "that which animates us." Acupuncture and herbology can either tonify depleted Qi, or release excessive Qi in the body.
Acupuncture is a technique of placing very thin needles in acupuncture points or holes, between bone and bone, muscle and bone, and muscle and muscle in order to move energy or Qi. It is in these areas where Qi can be either deficient or excessive. By balancing the Qi in your body, the excesses can be relieved and the deficiencies can be strengthened, thereby restoring health.
California law requires all acupuncturists to use disposable needles. I use Serien disposable Japanese needles for their ease and painless insertion.
There is a lot of controversy about Chinese herbs. When used properly, Chinese herbs formulas are a very safe and effective way to treat a variety of conditions.
And many herbs you might already know, or have in your pantry or refrigerator, like ginger which helps with nausea, and mint, which helps relieve sore throats. Some of these common herbs may have an interaction with medications, so it is important to list all medications you are taking.
In addition, some formulas have animal products, so if you are a vegetarian, let me know. I use Crane Herbs online so I can make custom formulas specific to your symptoms and needs.
Cupping is the use of small cups that are placed on areas of the body, like the back or upper legs, creating a negative pressure. This helps to move toxins to the surface and release pathogenic Qi. Cupping is very effective in relieving muscular pain, asthma and common colds.
Moxa is the use of a heat, concentrated in a specific area, in order to warm acu-points or areas of the body to drive out cold and move stasis. The World Health Organization has found moxa to be very effective in helping to relieve menstrual pain due to cold.
Reflexology is the study, art and science of using specific touch techniques on reflex maps, resembling a shape of the human body, that are believed to exit on the feet, hands, and outer ears.
Reflexology can be very relaxing. Yet come people might have a sensitivity to touch on the ears, feet or hands. Please let me know if you have these sensitivities so I can adjust the pressure.
Neuromuscular therapies include a variety of massage therapy techniques such as Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Re-education, Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue-Sports Massage. These styles of soft tissue manipulation help to remove adhesions between the muscles and increase muscle performance.
By combining these techniques with acupuncture, athletic injuries have a greater potential of healing faster and shortening the recovery time.
Acupuncture treatments can be very relaxing and meditative. After the needles have been inserted, you might feel a warmth or energy around the needle, or feelings of distention away from it. These are normal responses, and can dissipate over the session.
It is good to wear loose fitting clothing, because many of the acupuncture points I use are around the knee and elbow areas.
Before you come to a session, be sure you have had something to eat. And afterward, be sure to drink plenty of water, to flush out any toxins or lactic acid released through the session.
Each treatment is approximately an hour. This is either preceded or followed by a half hour of neuromuscular therapies, tuina, cupping, moxa or other appropriate therapies for the specific conditions.
Kevin is with his mentors and colleagues at the Beijing International Acupuncture Academy (left), and treating a patient at Beijing Hospital (below), in Beijing China, 2009.