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A.R.T

What is A.R.T?

 ART stands for Advanced Regeneration Therapy.  ART is a technique of eradicating contaminated blood and unhealthy substances hidden beneath the muscles, therefore rejuvenating the whole body faster.  
When does detoxification begin?
 Immediately after the first needle is inserted, detoxification begins through the release of free radicals and toxic gases in the body.  Needle insertion creates a drain inside the body and directs the flow of toxins through the circulatory system and out of the body.  This promotes clean blood.
How will A.R.T improve my thoughts, actions, patterns and movements?
 The philosophy of this treatment is that physical detoxification will lead to mental, emotional and spiritual detoxification.  Once the body is cleaner, your immune system will be restored and long term pain and discomfort will decrease.  This creates an opportunity for you to embrace more positive aspects of life so that you can enjoy daily living to the fullest again.

Side effects of A.R.T
- deep sleep may occur the night of initial treatment
- positive bruising (minor to noticeable) may occur which lasts for 3-14 days
- decrease in energy is common following a treatment.  Energy generally recovers within 24-48 hours
- spot tenderness and soreness
- cleansing symptoms such as increase in frequency of urination and bowel movements as the body detoxifies 
Cupping

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Cupping is a method of creating ‘suction’ on the patient’s skin.  Vacuum is created in a specially designed cup through a burning cotton ball, and the cup is immediately placed on the skin, creating a strong suction on that area.  Different sizes of cups are used, depending on the area of body.  If the area is small like neck or shoulder, small cups are used.  If the area is big like middle-back, lower-back and buttocks, big cups are used.  These cups will be left for about 5 to 7 minutes.  Sometimes only one cup is used, which is known as ‘moving’ cupping.  Prior to suction, body oil is applied on the back of body to enable the cup to move easily.  
 Its primary purpose is to affect the flow of both qi and blood through the body, dispel cold and dampness, and diminish swellings and pains.  A safe and non-invasive technique, cupping is used to treat many condition like colds and flu, gastrointestinal disorders, upper respiratory infections and asthma, as well as problems related to the internal organs or back pain.  Cupping has been in the media for its use in treating muscular pain, bone pain and spasms, particularly in the back and shoulders.
 While cupping is considered painless, red marks, swelling, and bruises can appear since the treatment causes blood to be drawn to the surface of the skin. These marks typically disappear within a few hours or days.

Moxibustion 

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 The ancient healing technique of moxibustion, believed by some medical historians to pre-date even acupuncture, is approximately 3,000-years-old.  Moxibustion uses moxa or mugwort herb (artemisia vulgaris), applied directly or indirectly, in order to warm the regions and acupuncture points.  This combination of heat and herb stimulate circulation, encourage smoother flow of blood and qi, and protect against cold and dampness.
 By dispelling cold and warming the body, moxibustion, used for pain and deficient conditions, is currently the more popular form of care because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning.  It has been clinically effective for treatment of common conditions such as acute and chronic pain (frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, headaches, migraines), digestive problems (diarrhea, IBS), degenerative diseases, women's disorders, and sexual dysfunction (impotence, decreased libido).  Moxibustion is also known to relieve anxiety by creating a deep relaxation response.

Electro-acupuncture

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 After regular needles are inserted on specific points of the body, they are attached to the clips where electric pulses are created through a device in order to amplify their effect.  This technique, most commonly used in the treatment of soft tissue for both traumatic and chronic conditions, is generally used to promote stronger and faster flow of qi and blood.  
 The sensation is of a tiny pulsation at the needling site, and the acupuncturist works closely with you to establish your comfort level for each lead.  
 Electro acupuncture sometimes causes electric shock, pain and uncomfortable feeling, or even aggravated symptoms due to strong stimulation.  Patients who have pacemakers or history of heart diseases shall NEVER use electro acupuncture ; they MUST inform the practitioner before getting treatment. 
Herbal decoction

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 Herbal medicine is the main modality in Oriental Medicine. It is the world's oldest continually practiced, professional medicine. Over the millennia, herbal medicine has developed and matured to become what it is today: a natural and holistic system of primary health care used by people from a variety of backgrounds to effectively treat a range of chronic and acute health problems.
 Herbal decoction is “liquid” extracted from boiling plant seeds, roots, barks, leaves, berries and flowers.  Indeed, the active components of plants are the basis for many of the most potent pharmaceutical drugs used in Western medicines.  The herbal medicines consist of individual herbs made into formulae that take into account the individual therapeutic action of each herb and as well as the combined effects.  A well-constructed formula maximizes the effectiveness for treating a particular condition, while counteracting and minimizing the unwanted effects of an individual herb.  That means each formula is made with special care being taken to make sure that there are the correct properties to cope with the specific complaints of the individual. The beauty and the art of herbalism lie in the intricate balancing of herbal quantities that are continually reviewed and adjusted to fit the needs of the patients.  It is better to consider herbal decoction as nutrition, since all herbs are natural.  It is accustomed to each patient to nourish and strengthen body, and stimulate the flow of qi and blood like acupuncture. 
 Drink one pack of decoction between 30 minutes and one hour before breakfast and dinner.   Make sure to microwave it until the pack becomes warm enough.  Always put the packs in the refrigerator when not consuming.  
 If you are taking any prescribed medications, please let us know because some herbal decoctions might cause side effects when combined with some prescribed medications.  We invite questions from our patients regarding the herbs, supplements and drugs that they are taking so that our patients always feel comfortable and confident taking herbs. Some herbal decoctions might cause side effects when combined with some prescribed medications. 
Ear acupuncture

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 Auricular therapy, also known as auricular therapy, is based on the principles of oriental medicine.  Auricular therapy is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity and pain.  The acupuncture points found on the ear help to regulate the body's internal organs, structures, and functions.

 This has a long history of use in China, and was mentioned in “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” which is the most famous ancient Chinese medical textbook.  In modern times, auricular therapy has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s own feel-good chemicals. 

 Ear acupuncture is generally incorporated into a regular acupuncture treatment.  In addition to using acupuncture points on the rest of the body, your acupuncturist may select few ear acupuncture points that they feel will be helpful for your particular condition.
 
 Ear acupuncture points may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds or ear tacks.  Ear seeds are small seeds from the vaccaria plant.  They are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. Ear seeds may be left in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks.  Ear tacks are very small needles with an adhesive backing.  They are inserted into the ear and left in the ear for a few days or up to one week.
Gua Sha (刮痧)

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 Gua Sha is healing technique that intentionally raises ‘Sha’, or petechiae, to aid in the movement of qi, blood, and other fluids containing metabolic waste that congests surface tissues and muscles.  ‘Gua’ means to scrape or rub and ‘Sha’ describes blood stasis in the tissue before and after it is raised.  ‘Sha’ may be visible as a reddish, elevated skin rash or spots.
 
 Gua Sha is a safe technique. In many cases, the patient feels an immediate shift in their condition for the better. Gua Sha promotes circulation and normalizes metabolic processes. It is a valuable treatment for both external and internal pain, as well as acute and chronic disorders.

 ‘Sha’ is raised on the neck, shoulders, back, buttocks, limbs, abdomen and chest.  The treatment area is applied with oil prior to treatment, and then scraped with water buffalo horn until ‘Sha’ is created.  If there is no blood stasis in the area, no spot will form and the skin will only turn pink.  If the spots are purple or black, the blood stasis is long standing.  Dark red spots indicate heat, and light spots indicate blood deficiency.  

 After treatment, ‘Sha’ should fade away in 2-4 days.  Slower fading may be a sign of deeper stagnation.  Also, patients are recommended to rest for the rest of the day.