Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese Medicine. It is the ancient art of inserting fine needles into specific points to treat pain or imbalance. Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in China. It has been developed, tested, researched, and refined for centuries giving us an in depth understanding of the body's energetic balance.
Tui Na, which literally means "pinch and pull," refers to a wide range of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapeutic massage and body work. Tui na is considered a medical type of massage, because its purpose is to correct an imbalance in the body rather than to be for relaxation.
Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, relieve pain, and help move toxins out of your body's tissues.
The Chinese Materia Medica describes thousands of medicinal substances that practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine combine and use to treat disharmony and disease. Many of these formulas aim to treat the root of the disharmony rather than the merely the disease. Most of these substances are from the leaves, stems, roots, seeds, or flowers of a plant. These can be taken in liquid extracts, granules, capsules, or taken as a tea.
Welcome to Gate of Life Acupuncture
We believe in being comfortable in your own body. Many people think of Acupuncture or Chinese Medicine as a means of pain relief. While this is true, that is only a branch on a very dense tree. Traditional Chinese Medicine values all aspects of a healthy system. This includes the individuals state of mind, the optimal function of each organ system, the energy they possess, the smooth circulation blood and energy in the body, etc. At Gate of Life we strive to find the root of an issue or "dis-ease" to try to alter the course of a person's health.