Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of medicine originating from China over 5,000 years ago. TCM is a comprehensive system used to optimize health, and alleviate pain and suffering through individualized treatments that include acupuncture, Chinese herbs, tui na massage, cupping, gua sha, and eastern nutritional therapy. TCM theory is based on the concept of meridians (or energy channels), and Qi (or vital energy) flow in the body. Qi flows along the meridians in the body and energizes and nourishes the entire body. Obstructions in the channels prevent the energy and nourishment from reaching all areas of the body. Pain and disease are due to imbalances and blockages in the meridians in the body. TCM uses acupuncture and other modalities to trigger the body to re-balance and heal itself.
Acupuncture is one component of TCM that utilizes thin sterile needles inserted under the skin at specific points on the body to treat disease and restore balance. There are many theories, in both Western and Eastern Medicine of how acupuncture works. It has been proven that acupuncture increases the level of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Studies have shown increased immune and endocrine system activities as well.
Initial Session (90 minutes)120
Follow-Up Session (60 minutes)80
Cupping (30 minutes)45
Acupuncture/Massage Combo (90 minutes)114
This treatment combines a one hour acupuncture session and a 30 min site-specific therapeutic massage to release pain and tension. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes healing by stimulating endorphins and other beneficial hormones as well as calming the central nervous system. By increasing the body’s healing response, Acupuncture helps ease pain, as well as improve sleep and digestive function. The Acupuncture/Massage combo treatment is used to treat conditions such as back and neck pain, headache, nausea, anxiety, depression and insomnia, among many others.
What can I expect on my first visit?
During the initial treatment a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. We will check your pulses, look at your tongue and do any appropriate physical exams. The information will be organized and analyzed to come up with a complete and accurate TCM pattern differentiation and treatment strategy.
What will it feel like?
Each patient’s acupuncture experience is different, but most feel little or no pain as the needles are inserted. You may feel a slight prick or mosquito bite sensation as the needle is inserted. After the initial insertion you may feel a heaviness, achiness, tingling sensation, or temperature change at the needle site. This is an indication that the needles are having the desired therapeutic effect.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required depends on the severity of your condition and how long you’ve had the illness. Generally speaking 6-12 treatments will stabilize your condition. Regular treatments every two to six weeks can help maintain health and prevent future disease.
Acupuncture Can Treat…
The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize that acupuncture can treat the following conditions:
Addictions, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Colitis, Common Cold, Constipation, Depression, Dizziness, Diarrhea, Digestive Disorders, Emotional Problems, Facial Palsy, Fertility, Fibromyalgia, Gingivitis, Headache, Hiccup, Incontinence, I.B.S, Menopause Symptoms, Menstrual Irregularities, Migraine, Morning Sickness, Menstrual Pain, Nausea, Osteoarthritis, Pain Syndromes, P.M.S., P.T.S.D, Rhinitis, Sciatica, S.A.D., Shoulder Pain, Sinusitis, Sleep Disorders, Smoking Cessation, Sore Throat, Stress , Tennis Elbow, Tonsillitis, U.T.I, Vomiting
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been effectively used to treat many other conditions as well.
Allison – Massage Therapist & Acupuncturist
- Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- Therapeutic Massage
- Herbal Therapies
Four-year degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – World Medicine Institute, Honolulu, HI
Licensed Massage Therapist certificate – Maui School of Therapeutic Massage, Makawao, HI
Practicing Massage since 2000
Licensed Acupuncturist since 2013