The documentation of Chinese medicine is thorough, ancient, and effective. While acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are relatively new to North America and Europe, this medicine has been in continual development in China and East Asia, where it is practiced in conjunction with modern medicine. At good point acupuncture, you may see that we often refer to our medicine as “East Asian” to be as accurate as possible about the full breadth of our practice in modern terms. At other times, to keep our language simple and brief, we may simply refer to it as TCM. Historically, China has had immense social, cultural and political influence over the entire region of East Asia, spanning millennia, so both are correct.
The following therapies offered at good point acupuncture have been in use for over 2000 years; the theories behind them have been recorded, analyzed, and revised for as long. At good point acupuncture, in accordance with the holistic framework of East Asian medicine, we seek to treat your symptoms and their root cause, meet your personal health goals, and enhance the effectiveness of any current treatment you are already engaging. We combine these techniques in our treatment plans to best suit your condition.
CUPPING & GUA SHA
Sterile, single-use needles are used; they are very fine, flexible, and solid. They do not tear the skin or cause pain in the way that hypodermic needles do. Based on your condition and constitution, any of the following styles may be used, to best fit your needs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine: the most commonly practiced, using a variety of needle lengths and gauges.
Japanese: extremely fine needles are used very gently, with shallow insertion.
Auricular: small needles are inserted at points in the ear, according to Chinese and European styles.
Abdominal: Bo’s Fu Zhen and Sun’s Abdominal Acupuncture produce systemic effects to treat a wide range of conditions, usually chronic and internal.
Scalp Acupuncture: Zhu Scalp and Jiao Scalp Acupuncture also produce systemic effects, and are particularly effective in treating neurological pathologies, such as stroke sequelae.
The herb mugwort, or "moxa", is burned in various forms (fluffy wool, charcoal stick, compressed herb stick) warming different parts of the body to promote circulation and healing. Many people find mugwort to be very calming as well. In Chinese, the term for acupuncture actually translates to “acupuncture/moxibustion” as the two have been practiced and developed in close relationship.
Cupping: this ancient practice has been used in every cultural medicine in the world, using glass, wood, ceramic or bamboo cups, or the horns of cattle.
In the Chinese fire cupping performed at our clinic, a flame creates a vacuum inside thick glass globular cups, which are then placed on the skin, producing a suction effect. Cups may be manually glided over the skin with oil, generating a feeling somewhat similar to a “reverse” massage.
In recent years, cupping has become very popular in Hollywood, and Olympic athletes can often be seen with the trademark circular bruise left by a cup used to treat a tournament injury. The therapeutic bruises from cupping usually fade within 1-3 days.
Gua Sha: another ancient practice that used in many different cultural medicines, gua sha is also called spooning, or coining in other parts of the world. A ceramic spoon or similarly smooth, blunt object is scraped over oiled skin, most commonly to release musculoskeletal pain. Therapeutic bruising occurs, and resolves in a week to ten days.
Literally meaning “push pull,” Tui Na is a form of medical massage that opens, regulates, and coordinates the same bodily channels as acupuncture. The two are often used together to treat musculosketal conditions. This form of bodywork is most often performed over clothing.
Qi gong is an internal martial art that fosters and regulates the strength, activity, and circulation of all bodily systems. In origin, qi gong was developed to keep soldiers in top shape into their old age. Graceful and uncomplicated to watch, qi gong is an elegant combination of a focused mind, intentional breath, and simple, precise movement.
Qi gong requires no equipment and very little space. An amazing addition to any treatment plan, your clinician at good point acupuncture will almost undoubtedly teach you qi gong to practice on your own.
A regular qi gong practice over time can transform a life of chronic pain and fatigue into one of focus, restoration, and greatly reduced pain. Take your clinician's word for it.
EASTERN DIETARY THERAPY
Eastern Dietary Therapy is for everyone! Depending on your condition and constitution, your clinician may offer nutritional and dietary recommendations to actively support your treatment and overall well-being. In addition, seasonal workshops are offered to help people make necessary dietary changes in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Depending on one’s condition and constitution, Chinese herbs may be recommended. In certain cases, herbs may be even more effective than acupuncture, and in many cases, acupuncture and herbs combined help patients recover more fully and faster than either therapy alone. Your clinician takes great care in assessing patients for herbal recommendations. The herbs used are from sources that monitor for quality control, and meet NSF national standards.