In Chinese Medicine, health is an ongoing process of maintaining balance among all the organs and systems of the body.
According to ancient theory, the Acupuncture points are on pathways of energy called meridians through which “Qi” or life energy flows. Acupuncture has been used in China for over 3000 years to correct the flow of Qi through the meridians. When the flow of Qi is disrupted, symptoms occur. Chinese Medicine connects symptoms to underlying patterns of disharmony. These patterns are treated with very specific acupuncture points and Chinese herbal prescriptions. Chinese Medicine can treat the underlying cause of illness to alleviate symptoms as well as prevent future illness by promoting harmony and balance within the body.
Many studies have documented the positive effects acupuncture can have on many illnesses. Some studies suggest that acupuncture invokes an analgesic effect by altering the body’s own pain-relieving opiate system and encouraging the release of endogenous opioids like endorphins. Acupuncture also regulates the hypothalamus and pituitary glands resulting in a broad range of systemic effects including changes in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, changes in blood flow, and hormone balance.
Chinese Herbal MEdicine
According to traditional practices, herbs were boiled to make a tea or ground and mixed with honey to make pills. In more modern times, we use prepared liquid tinctures and herbal granules, which are similar to instant coffee, to make herbal preparations customized for an individual health problem. These are more convenient and often just as effective as boiled herbs. For those with sensitive tastes, herbal tablets and pills are available.
All herbal recommendations are based on a thorough Chinese Medicine diagnosis. An herbal formula can include commonly used herbs such as licorice root and cinnamon and more obscure herbs such as oyster shell and lily bulb. A group of anywhere from two to twenty herbs comprise a formula, and each herb plays a role in healing the condition. Traditional Chinese formulas have been safely used for thousands of years when made by the hands of a skilled practitioner. All herbal formulas sold at Emerging Energy conform to GMP standards for purity. We do not sell herbs to the public unless prescribed by a practitioner of Chinese medicine.
Chinese Herbal Dermatology
For thousands of years, the ancient Chinese have treated dermatological conditions without the use of steroids and immunosuppressants. These modern medications often make skin problems worse or provide only temporary relief with the risk of permanent skin damage. They also cause harmful side-effects. Dr. Dilks has advanced herbal training to treat complex skin diseases without the use of harmful drugs. In Chinese Medicine, our treatments balance the skin so it can function as it was made to. We will custom tailor your treatment to the nature of your skin disease. This personalized treatment addresses the root cause as well as provides symptomatic relief. By treating treating the root cause of the problem, we get better results. While you may want instant relief, skin changes take time. Most conditions tend to improve in the first few weeks of treatment but may take 3-6 months of herbal treatment to fully resolve. Some stubborn or longstanding cases can take even 6-12 months. We treat Eczema, Rosacea, Perioral Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Lichen Planus, and Acne safely and effectively.
HOLISTIC SKIN TREATMENTS
Holistic Customized Facial: Awaken and restore balance back to your skin with the use of organic and 100% natural products to address your skin's specific needs. A gentle enzyme mask is done with steam or hot compresses to help brighten and soften the skin. Carefully designed massage techniques are a main focus, to aid in toning, lifting and deep relaxation.
*Extractions are included at practitioners discretion or if requested.
Gua Sha Facial: This treatment will ease muscle tension in the neck and face bringing deeper relaxation. After skin is massaged, either a jade or rose quartz stone tool is used increase circulation, refine the skin, and improve lymphatic flow. Lymphatic drainage helps with the removal of toxins leading to a clearer completion. Wrinkles are softened, puffy eyes are soothed, and skin is instantly brighter, firmer and glowing.
*Monthly sessions are recommended.
Dien Chan Zone: A holistic facial reflexology treatment that allows the practitioner to work on specific systems of the body using targeted zones or maps. Reflexology frees the energetic pathways and helps to bring back balance and strengthen the area in need. Your symptoms will determine what zone to work on and a customized map will be given to you which allows you to do self care at home in just a few minutes everyday. By relaxing the nervous system this special treatment will put you in a meditative state and further help the healing process.
Infertility & Women’s Health
Chinese Medicine is very effective in enhancing fertility in both men and women. Studies have shown Acupuncture can be used in combination with western medical treatments such as Invitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) to improve the likelihood of pregnancy. Chinese Medicine can also be used alone to regulate a woman's cycle so that pregnancy happens naturally. It has also been shown to treat certain disorders that contribute to male infertility, such as Varicocele.
Acupuncture has been safely used for thousands of years to treat common ailments in pregnancy such as nausea, back pain, sciatica, migraines, anxiety and more. Treatment can be done in any trimester as well as postpartum to aid in recovery.
Other Women's health concerns commonly treated are PMS, Irregular Periods, Painful Periods, Endometriosis, PCOS, Menopausal complaints such as hot flashes and night sweats, and more.
Therapeutic massage is a natural form of medicine, as well as an effective approach to preventative care. Getting a massage can do you a world of good, and getting a massage frequently can do even more. Just because massage feels like a pampering treat, doesn't mean it's any less therapeutic. It can help soothe anxiety and depression, ease pain, improve sleep, and enhance immunity. Ultimately, the better care you take of your body, the richer you will be in spirit and soul.
Facial gua sha at home
Facial Gua Sha improves the health and vitality of your skin by increasing collagen production, facilitating lymphatic flow, stimulating blood circulation and relaxing facial muscles. This simple technique can be used at home to enhance your skin treatments. Periodically we host Facial Gua Sha Workshops at our office in Providence. This hands on workshop includes nutrition tips for healthy skin and aging well. Check our events page for the next workshop! For a quick Facial Gua Sha overview, watch our video!
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