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ACUPUNCTURE

One of the most widely known practices within the scope of Chinese medicines is Acupuncture. Utilizing thin and sterile needles, stimulation is facilitated at specific points and regions on the body. This process elicits a response, ultimately leading to a reduction of pain and inflammation.

Scientific Research:

Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis

Acupuncture in patients with headache

An Exploratory Study of the Effect of Acupuncture on Self-Efficacy for Women Seeking Fertility Support

Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy

Efficacy and safety of acupuncture treatment on primary insomnia: a randomized controlled trial

MOXIBUSTION

Moxibustion, also known as Moxa or Mugwort  (Artemisia Argyi) is an acrid and spicy herbaceous perennial that is native to East Asia. The plant is harvested in spring when the flowers are in bloom, then dried. In East Asian Medicine the herb is used in both topical and internal formulations for its analgesic, circulatory, and wound-healing effects. 

Scientific Research 

Efficacy of Warm Needle Moxibustion on Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Meta-Analysis

Acupuncture and moxibustion for chronic fatigue syndrome in traditional Chinese medicine: a systematic review and meta-analysis

HERBAL MEDICINE

The study of herbology is, perhaps, one of the earliest forms of scientific research. In every area of the world, the use and care of plants for healing purposes has been utilized. Both Western and Eastern herbalists share common ground with a fundamental understanding of botanical intelligence in the formulation of plant-based remedies. Unique to Chinese herbalism is a variety of plant, animal, mineral, resin, and food components within its diverse materia medica.

Scientific Research

Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Chinese Herbal Medicine A Randomized Controlled Trial

Synergistic Effects of Chinese Herbal Medicine: A Comprehensive Review of Methodology and Current Research

FOOD THERAPY

Food is the first medicine, and early on the connection between plant and person is established through the acts of cooking and eating. Utilizing principles within the canon of East Asian Medical theory, alongside Western nutrition principles. we can understand the valuable healing potential stored within food; how to cook food in order to optimize its nutritional value; and methodologies to grow and sustain our overall health.

Scientific Research 

Migraine Headaches — Here’s How to Identify Food Triggers and Reduce Debilitating Symptoms

Dietary therapy and herbal medicine for COVID-19 prevention: A review and perspective

TUINA, CUPPING, & GUA SHA

Tuina Massage, Cupping Therapy, and Gua Sha are complementary therapies that mobilize blood flow to promote healing for a variety of ailments. Tuina is a form of therapeutic massage with roots in osteopathic medicine, which utilizes meridian therapy, acupressure, anatomy, and physical assessment. Cupping employs glass, plastic, or silicone cupping tools to create suction and release tension, reduce rigidity, and increase tissue circulation and oxygenation. Gua Sha provides instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking for the purpose of eliminating noxious elements. 

Scientific Research

Tuina-Focused Integrative Chinese Medical Therapies for Inpatients with Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

The Effectiveness of Cupping Therapy on Relieving Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Effectiveness of Traditional Chinese “Gua Sha” Therapy in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial 

Noninvasive, Multimodality Approach to Treating Plantar Fasciitis: A Case Study

QIGONG & TAI CHI

Qigong and Tai Chi are indigenous forms of mind-body practices, often known as martial arts, that are rooted in the same philosophical and theoretical principles as East Asian Medicine. While they share a foundation, Tai Chi is often more focused on form as a means to connect with the breath, and bodily energy. Qigong can be more free-form, and focuses on the breath and bodily energy as a way to connect with movement. Fundamentally, they help to illustrate the theory of Yin-Yang, and are often practiced together.

Scientific Research

A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi

Subjective perceived impact of Tai Chi training on physical and mental health among community older adults at risk for ischemic stroke: a qualitative study

MEDITATION & BREATH WORK (Coming Soon) 

For centuries, relatives from North America to Africa have evoked the power of meditation and breathwork through daily practice, traditional rituals, and ceremonies as a means to transmit culture, healing wisdom and ecological knowledge. Current research highlights the benefits that breathing and meditative practices can have on a psycho-emotional and psycho-physiological level. In particular, slowed breathing can enhance autonomic, cerebral and psychological flexibility. It can also change the inflammatory response and thereby activate innate immune system function.  On a somatic level, this equates to feelings of comfort, relaxation, pleasantness, vigor and alertness, and reduced symptoms of arousal, anxiety, depression, anger, and confusion.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Breathwork: An Additional Treatment Option for Depression and Anxiety?

Mental Health Promotion as a New Goal in Public Mental Health Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention Enhancing Psychological Flexibility

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