Therapies


Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is the main treatment method of Chinese medicine and has more than 5000 medicines at its disposal. Chinese herbs are usually prescribed as a formula that may consist of up to fifteen different herbs, chosen after a thorough diagnosis to suit the individual patient.  There are more than 100 000 formulas that have been used over centuries and have passed the test of time.

The most traditional, and often effective way of prescribing Chinese herbs is in the form of a decoction, a tea extracted after boiling the herbs for a specific time. You will be given detailed cooking instructions at your visit, since different herbal mixtures may require different cooking times. The herbs are generally taken twice a day. Herbs can also be taken in pill, powder or tincture form if taste or convenience is an issue.  Most acute and chronic conditions can be addressed with Chinese Herbal medicine. Herbs are especially useful to assist recuperation after a chronic illness and to address deficiencies.





For fertility patients different herbs may be prescribed to suit different stages of the menstrual cycle:  Stronger herbs (e.g. for treatment of endometriosis) may be suited for the first part of the cycle, but will be deleted from the prescription in the second part, when there may be a possibility of pregnancy and be replaced by herbs to support a pregnancy.


Acupuncture

During an acupuncture treatment fine, sterile needles are inserted into acupuncture points and will remain inserted for 15-30 minutes, depending on the condition that is treated. There are several hundred points from which an acupuncturist can choose.

Sometimes the area around a needle is warmed by burning a Chinese herb (mugwort) and this is referred to as “Moxibustion


Electronic stimulation (by connecting the acupuncture needles to a TENS machine) is also frequently used if stronger treatment is required.

Some of the many benefits of acupuncture is that it offers drug-free pain relief and stimulates the body’s own healing response and, like herbal medicine that it can be used for prevention of disease.



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Chinese Massage

Traditional Chinese massage is based on the same principles as acupuncture and uses finger pressure instead of needles on acupuncture points. Certain massage techniques such as kneading, squeezing and patting are part of Chinese massage. It is designed to stimulate energy (Qi) flow and blood circulation and can be used as an alternative or in conjunction with acupuncture. At Shen Healing we combine the techniques of Traditional Chinese massage with more gentle techniques and use also some oils in our treatment.

 

Cupping is an old method that has been applied in the West as well as China over a long period of time. The Chinese used cow horns for cupping already in the 2nd century.

When a suction cup is applied to the skin the vacuum in the cup causes the blood vessels and capillaries to swell. This results in an irritation of the skin and finally causes an artificially induced haematoma. The immune system is stimulated through an increased activity of macrophages, an increased metabolism and increased lymph flow. Laboratory tests have shown that there is a 2-5 times increase in monocytes in the areas that have been cupped compared to non-cupped areas. (Neeb http://www.tcminter.net)                          

The Chinese medicine explanation of the effect of cupping is that it allows pathogens, such as heat, cold or dampness to escape through the surface and that it promotes circulation of Qi and blood. The cupping method is therefore effective to treat common cold, arthralgia (aches and pains), lower back pain, period pain, swellings, bruises as well as general health imbalances and is frequently used in support of massage therapy and acupuncture.

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