The acupoints are first cleaned with alcohol and then the needles are inserted and stimulated appropriately. All needles used are very thin, sterile and disposable. They may be re-stimulated one or more times during the course of a session. Needles are usually retained for 20 to 30 minutes and the entire first visit usually lasts for 1.5-2 hours.Follow-up visits involve progress evaluation and re-examination. The needling protocol may be adjusted from week to week. A course of treatments is about 10 sessions (usually once a week for 10 weeks). Some conditions require more than one course of treatment. Follow-up treatments usually last about 1 hour.
The facial rejuvenation program is a spa-like experience treating the whole body to rejuvenate the face from the inside out. The patient lies on the treatment table and undergoes a constitutional acupuncture treatment. Then the facial protocol, devised for the individual, is carried out. If patients are needle-phobic, acupressure or microcurrent stimulation is used in lieu of needles. The initial visit usually lasts about 2 hours. Follow-up visits involve a reassessment of overall health and the condition of the face and last about 1.5 hours. A course of treatments is typically 10 treatments (once a week for 10 weeks).
Generally, this modality is used in conjunction with acupuncture. The patient is briefly massaged with intensive Tui Na techniques either before or after an acupuncture treatment. For patients who are needle-phobic, acupressure is used in lieu of needles to bring about a similar effect. The amount of pressure or force applied during a treatment is gauged according to the patient’s feedback and his or her constitution.
Heat Therapy: Mineral-plated TDP lamp or a heat lamp is used to warm the affected area.
Moxibustion: An herb, dried mugwort or “Moxa,” is burned over acupoints to warm the area and increase Qi and blood circulation.
Electrical Stimulation: Leads from an electro-stimulator are attached to the needles to provide a constant, mild electrical stimulation to the acupoints.
Cupping: A vacuum is created with glass or plastic cups placed on the skin; this suction effect increases Qi and blood circulation in the area.
After a comprehensive medical history and evaluation are completed and a diagnosis made, the patient is prescribed a formula to take on a daily basis for a period of time. The herbs dispensed are all from reputable companies with high quality control standards. Most often, the formula is given in a convenient pill form. Occasionally, topical remedies are given or applied directly to the skin. Follow-up visits involve re-evaluation and may result in a continuation, an adjustment, or a discontinuation of the current formula, depending on the progress of the case.
A patient may be instructed on one or more Qi Gong exercises tailored to his or her specific needs. This may require more than one method, and the practices may involve quiet seated meditation, movement or a breathing exercise. In follow-up visits, progress is assessed, the exercise regimen is reviewed and new exercises may be introduced.
Qi Healing: The patients energy field is scanned for any imbalances by the practitioner. Any detectable energy blockages are then addressed, which may be experienced as gentle heat or a subtle tingling sensation. A session usually lasts anywhere from 15-30 minutes, but some cases may require more time