MASSAGE / SHIATSU / ACUPRESSURE / TUI NA
Acupressure, Shiatsu, Massage and Tui Na are a systematic manipulation of an acupoints and the soft tissue. It activates the flow of chi in the meridians, relieves sore muscles and promotes relaxation it is usually performed with various standard hand strokes and pressure. It can help to lower blood pressure and heart rate and improve respiration. Researchers believe acupressure and massage helps the brain make endorphins, chemicals that can act as natural pain killers, which perhaps explains why recipients feel better and more tranquil afterwards. Acupressure is used for treating various ailments.
Herb FAQ :
Why is my practitioner prescribing herbs?
Chinese herbal medicine is used in conjunction with acupuncture to speed-up, enhance, or compliment treatments. More often than not, you as a patient may be presenting with more than one diagnosis. Herbal medicine helps to resolve one issue while the needles work to resolve another. However each case is unique so ask your practitioner if you have questions.
My practitioner tells me that herbs have a diagnostic function in Traditional Chinese Medicine. What does she mean by this?
1) Herbs enter specific channels/organs and have their own taste, temperature, and direction of movement (upward, downward).
2) A diagnosis in TCM is specific to each individual. It can be flexible as a condition and can change as it is being treated.
3) As a patient takes his/her herbs a practitioner can follow the course of changes in the pattern/diagnosis when the patient reports back information about their condition.
Are the herbs safe?
Yes. I use products that have been tested for pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. Some herbs are organic, but many are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. The main companies I use are displayed at the office.
Are herbs safe for me—aren’t there contraindications for my particular case—pregnancy, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer…?
Yes, there are contraindications for specific diseases and conditions. Be sure to tell your practitioner all your current medications and special needs. This information will be taken into account and a formula will be custom made to fit you.
Are there side effects?
Side effects and allergic reactions are not common and tend to be mild, such as constipation, nausea or upset stomach. If you experience any side effects or develop symptoms that you think may be a side effect, contact your practitioner right away.
What is the difference between pills, granules and tea?
1) Products are patented Chinese formulas. They are the easiest form of Chinese herbs to take and as a consequence are used more frequently. Unfortunately the pill form is a set prescription and unchangeable—you may not need some of the herbs in the formula or you may need different herbs added to enhance the effects.
2) Granules are Chinese herbal formulas that have been prepared (cooked) and then ground-up into powder. These are the next easiest form to take. All they require is a little warm water to dissolve the powder in order to drink. Granules are flexible—meaning that they can be tailored to suit your present condition; herbs can be removed or added.
3) Teas are Chinese formulas made up in raw form. The patient will take the raw herbs home to cook. After the tea is cooked the patient will take the recommended dosage. Teas are flexible like the granules. They take some time to prepare, but they are stronger than both the pills and granules.
Why do my herbs taste funny?
In Chinese medicine it’s not actually important how the herbs taste in the mouth, it’s important how they feel in the body. Sometimes there is a bit of an adjustment period to taking herbs, but before you know it, you may begin to feel that your body wants to take the herbs. And as your condition begins to improve, you may begin to feel that you don’t need the herbs any longer. As balance is restored to your body, you will become more sensitive to the changes in your body.
Acupuncture is our area of expertise, and it is one of the core Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment techniques that we use at Beijing-Health Care Clinic Wellness Center. We only use disposable, sterile needles. These needles are not much thicker than a human hair, and they are inserted into specific acupuncture points to treat and prevent a variety of disorders.
Are your practitioners qualified to treat me?
Lina Jia, L.Ac is an Acupuncture Physican licensed by the State of California. You can rest assured knowing that you are being cared for by a well-trained, highly-skilled professional when you are treated at Beijing-Health Care Clinic.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is most commonly known for its ability to treat stress and pain. Acupuncture, however, is also very effective in the treatment of a wide variety of health conditions, like overweight and obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and many other conditions, some of which are listed below.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the ability of acupuncture to treat and prevent more than 43 common health disorders, including the following:
Allergies, Arm and Shoulder Pain, Asthma, Back pain, Sciatica
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Common Cold, Constipation
Digestive disorders, Diarrhea, Dizziness/Vertigo, Fibromyalgia
Headache/Migraine, Hypertension, Immune Deficiency, Infertility
Liver problems, Hepatitis, Prostate problems, Rheumatoid Arthritis
The following conditions are also commonly treated by acupuncture:
Stress, Addictions, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder
Chronic Cough, Depression, Gynecological Disorders, Hemorrhoids
Insomnia, Joint & Muscle Pain, Skin Disorders, Bursitis
In addition to the WHO, a number of national health organizations endorse the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating a variety of health conditions and syndromes. Some of these organizations include the National Institutes of Health ( NIH), the American Cancer Society ( ACS), the Arthritis Foundation ( AF), and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society ( NMSS).
How long will a treatment take?
Your initial visit will include a comprehensive review of your medical history, a medical intake, patient education, and an acupuncture treatment. You may also receive an herbal formula and dietary recommendations. Please allow for a total of up to 90 minutes for an initial visit. Return visits include updates on progress, reevaluation, further education, herbal and dietary recommendations, and an acupuncture treatment. Please allow 45-60 minutes for a return visit.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Beijing-Health Care Clinic is expert at providing effective, comfortable and gentle acupuncture treatments. Usually acupuncture does not hurt, but it can pinch, like a little mosquito bite sometimes. This is very infrequent and is not a serious pain. Many people will experience a small tingling, warmth or heavy sensation at the location of the needle insertion which we look for and call a “Qi Response”. This is traditionally viewed as the activation of the acupuncture point, and it is the desired result of needling in order to obtain an effective treatment. Overall, most people are greatly surprised at how much they like their feelings during and after their acupuncture treatments. Most people find Beijing-Health Care Clinic’s acupuncture to be quite comfortable, very relaxing and effective for helping balance their bodies to cure their health conditions.
Like thousands of other people just like you who have received gentle acupuncture at Beijing-Health Care Clinic, we expect you will have a very pleasant experience receiving acupuncture at Beijing-Health Care Clinic.
We look forward to serving you and your family.
Please call (310) 217-9088 for your appointment; treatment times available. Check with Lina Jia, L.Ac.
Acupuncture is one of the traditional Chinese medicine specialty and one of the oldest medical procedures being practiced for more than 5000 years. It is a harmless and efficient method of treatment which involves an insertion of metallic, very thin, solid needles onto the body’s surface or an electrical stimulation in specific points.
Acupuncture presumes 2 steps:
1. A primary consultation when the acupuncturist set the diagnosis and the therapeutic behavior. It consists in:
A dialogue between acupuncturist and patient with the purpose of finding relevant information about the health condition and lifestyle
a checking of patient’s pulse;
an examination of the patient’s tongue;
a palpation of particular points.
2). The treatment which will normalizes the functions of the body.
The bond between the skin’s surface and the organs is made through energetic meridians which run up from the top of the head to the tips of the toes, irrigating and nourishing the tissues. The most important meridians are in number of 12 corresponding with different organs. By needling acupuncture points the regular flow through the meridians is restored.
Into the body are 2 energy forms:
Yin represents minus, female, passive, inside, dark, posterior, up
Yang represents plus, male, active, outside, light, anterior, down.
They are opposite forces working together, being in a permanent relationship. When an obstruction occurs, Yin and Yang are thrown out of balance and ailment is the result. Acupuncture re-establishes this balance.