During the initial visit, Tayra will take a detailed health history, fully investigating your chief complaint following with acupuncture. The initial visit may take up to an hour and a half. This is necessary to create a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan that take into account your present physical and emotional conditions, while focusing on your main health concern.
Adjunctive techniques that may be used to help reinforce the benefits of acupuncture are Tui Na, cupping, moxabustion, gua sha, and Kinesio Taping.
Acupuncture: The insertion of thin, sterile, disposable single-use needles into the skin at designated areas on the body. The purpose of acupuncture is to regulate yin and yang of the entire body to create balance. There are multiple forms and microsystems. Auricular, Jiao Scalp, Zhu scalp and Fu Zhen can be implemented as forms of acupuncture.
Moxibustion: Moxibustion is the burning of Mugwort herb over the body, on the body or on an acupuncture needle. Moxa comes in many forms such as loose, cigar-shaped sticks or 1-inch stick-on poles. Moxa is used to warm acupuncture points or regions of the body. This therapy stimulates circulation of blood and Qi and warms the body. Sometimes moxa is used at an acupuncture point instead of needles when the patient is too weak to have a needle inserted into their skin.
Tui Na: Chinese Massage Medical manipulation of soft tissue using techniques such as lateral decompression, grasping, pulling, traction, pressing, and rolling. Tui Na helps break-up blockages and promotes circulation and increase range of motion. These techniques can be applied to all parts of the body.
AMMA and Asian body work: Are other forms of body work that target the superficial level of the body to bring a healthy response. Body work can be applied before or after an acupuncture treatment to support and enhance the benefits of acupuncture.
Cupping: Local suction is applied to the body surface using a glass cup. Heat is used to create a vacuum within the cup which allows the cup to adhere to the skin. The cup may remain stationary or the practitioner may apply a lubricant to the skin and slide the cup over the body surface. Cupping is applied to help mobilize blood flow and encourage healing.
Bleeding: Micro bleeding is the quick puncture of the skin that achieves the release of 5-10 drops of blood. Bleeding is used to promote circulation and release pathogenic heat.
Gua Sha: Gua Sha uses a rounded edged tool to scrape / rub repetitively over an area of skin. Gua sha is used to break-up adhesion at a deep tissue level and to release stagnation of blood that can result from trauma or poor circulation.
Qi Gong: Directed movements and breathing that encourage Qi and blood to bring on a specific healing response. Qi Gong focuses on relaxation and concentration and awareness of Qi circulation and movement.
Chinese Dietary therapy: In Chinese Dietary Therapy food is considered as medicine. Foods are recommended based on their properties such as temperature and nature. Chinese Dietary therapy looks at the patient’s constitution and the season of the year. Chinese Dietary therapy helps support the benefits of acupuncture and helps prevent disease.