We offer Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine care at all of our centers in Kingston, NY, Rhinebeck, NY and Danbury, CT. Treatments include acupuncture, qi healing, moxibustion, cupping, Gua sha, tui na, and herbal medicine. Care at our centers is based upon ancient principles of Chinese medicine, and energy balance. Treatments are very personally designed for each individual, to restore harmony and balance in the body, mind, and spirit, and energy system, through a holistic approach. Please call or email to schedule an appointment.
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy. An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It can also improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
Moxibustion is a treatment that uses an herb called mugwort. It may be burned on the handle of the needle, above the skin, on salt or on a slice of ginger. This is used to “warm” acupuncture points or areas in order to quicken the healing process.
An acupuncture facial treatment involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck in order to reduce the visible signs of aging. In Oriental medicine, the meridians or pathways of Qi (energy) flow throughout the entire body from the soles of the feet up to the face and head; consequently, a facial acupuncture treatment addresses the entire body constitutionally, and is not merely “cosmetic”. An acupuncture facial involves the patient in an organic, gradual process that is customized for each individual. It is no way analogous to, or a substitute for a surgical “face life”. A treatment session may confine itself solely to facial acupuncture, or it may be used in conjunction with other procedures. Facial acupuncture can increase facial tone, decrease puffiness around the eyes, as well as bring more firmness to sagging skin, enhance the radiance of the complexion, and flesh out sunken areas. Customarily, fine wrinkles will disappear, and deeper ones be reduced. As this treatment is not merely confined to the face, but incorporates the entire body and constitutional issues of health.
Cupping is a therapy designed to stimulate the flow of blood and qi within the superficial muscle layers. It is used for many ailments including sore muscles, tension, neck pain and the common cold. In this therapy, your acupuncturist will place small glass or plastic “cups” over specific areas on your body. A vacuum is created under the cup using heat or suction. They may be moved over an affected area or left in place. Cupping usually leaves red marks and light bruising that will quickly dissipate.
Qi Gong is the art of exercising the Jing (essence), Qi (energy), and Shen (spirit). The nucleus of Qi Gong is the exercise of Yi (consciousness) and Qi (vital energy). The main purpose of these exercises is to regulate the internal functions of the human body. Qi Gong does this through developing consciousness and respiration, through causing the internal Qi to manifest in awareness, and through moving and strengthening the internal Qi. The internal Qi is the Qi belonging to the human body itself. Thus, Qi Gong brings self-regulation and self-control to the vital organs.
Tai Chi can be said to be a form of Qi Gong practicing energy for profound relaxation, health, balance, long life, youthfulness, happiness and peace of mind. But where Qi Gong is often a single of short sequence of movement done in one spot, Tai Chi is a series of movements done continuously, moving in space.
Tuina translates as “push grasp”. It is a therapeutic massage technique that moves Qi in various parts of the body. It is used to relieve muscle pain, tension and inflammation and to heal injuries.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine uses plants, animal products and mineral substances for therapy or medicinal purposes. It is the world’s most ancient form of healing. Many Chinese herbal formulas serve to strengthen the body and its many functional systems to prevent illness.
Qi healing is the use of universal energy for healing. The healer’s hands do not need to touch the body; treatment is painless; no needles, herbs or medicines are used. Healing of even severe illnesses and painful, chronic conditions can be instantaneous.