Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine was founded on the philosophical perspective that all things in life are related. Therefore, an "action" in one area of life (or space or time) necessarily denotes a counter "action" elsewhere. This continual balance in life or energy results in harmony between opposites: Good/Bad; Yin/Yang. When disharmony is experienced it manifests itself in humans as psychological and/or physical illness and discord.

Thus, Chinese Medicine as a medical discipline seeks to harmonize our bodies and minds by equalizing our energy and its relationship to the energy around us. Treatment, especially at Mountain Spring, always encompasses the diagnosis of current ailments with awareness and attention to the overall disharmony of the body or mind. 

Chinese Medicine utilizes hundreds of techniques for pain and wellbeing that have been developed over thousands of years. Today, it is used by more than one fourth of the world's population and considered the most prominent medical system currently and historically in use .

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Moxabustion

Moxabustion is the burning of dried Mugwort otherwise known as Moxa (a dried herb) over acupuncture points. These techniques provide needed heat to stimulate Qi flow and soothe pain. 

Cupping & Gua Sha

Cupping is another method to stimulate blood and Qi flow to the surface of the body by providing suction to particular areas of the body. Literally, cupping is the use of glass cups that are slightly warmed (to deplete the oxygen) and then placed on the body creating a firm yet painless suction. Sometimes these cups are left stationary or they can be moved over areas of the body. As the cups are moved over the skin they help relieve tension in muscles by stimulating the tissues (myofascial) that surround muscles to relax and loosen. Gua Sha is a method of moving Qi and blood stagnation by scraping a blunt instrument over the area of pain. This relaxes the muscles and brings in fresh blood to heal the area.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies can consist of plant matter, animal byproducts, or minerals produced in isolation or in some combination in raw, powdered, or tincture form. In the West, it is often not understood that "herbal" can refer to more than just plants such as roots, stalks, bulbs, bark, leaves, fruit, seeds and so on. While Chinese Medicine is founded on the use of animal byproducts for remedies, today there are many alternatives to these substances that do not contain animal products.

All remedies are highly specific in composition and dosage depending on each individual's ailment or needs. Many of the herbal treatments in use today are variations of herbal formulas created hundreds of years ago.