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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient medicine that originated in China over two thousand years ago. Some sources say that its history dates back over four thousand years. Over the years the practice of acupuncture has evolved to the modern form that is practiced today in China and all over the world. Acupuncture, or needle therapy, is the insertion of very fine, sterile, single use stainless steel needles. The needles are solid, with an extremely fine tip that makes the insertion process almost sensation free. Many people do not even feel when the needles are inserted. By inserting acupuncture needles in the body, the energetic balance of the body can be restored (to learn more see how acupuncture works). Needles are inserted along acupuncture channels throughout the body. Points are selected based on each individual patient’s constitution as well as presenting pathology or injury. There are many different styles of acupuncture and methods of needling. Acupuncture can be used for a variety of stress relief techniques as well as a general form of natural therapy. Depending upon your condition, the needles are retained for up to 30 minutes during treatment. While the needles are retained, most people fall asleep and find the process extremely relaxing. Once the needles are removed, if necessary a therapeutic massage (tuina) is done to further enhance the effects of the treatment.

Tong Ren and Tam Style acupuncture

Tong Ren is an energy healing method developed by Master Acupuncturist Tom Tam. Sam was fortunate enough to have been able to study directly under Master Tam while studying in Boston, MA, after experiencing a treatment herself from Tom that cured her life long asthma and allergies with one treatment (literally). Tong Ren means “Bronze Man” in reference to the earliest acupuncture models which were bronze statues with acupuncture points. This very simple form of healing requires no direct contact between the patient and the practitioner, yet is a highly effective and completely risk free treatment. Many people are skeptical that such a simple yet odd treatment can work, but the results speak for themselves as many people around the world believe that Tong Ren plays an integral role in their health from simple aches and pains to complex issues like cancer. Learn more about Tong Ren.

Dr Tan Style & Master Tung Style

This meridian based approach is widely recognized as one of the most effective acupuncture styles for pain management as well as treating the entire body with a global balancing approach. Painful areas are identified and then treated distally (at a site away from the injured area). Acupuncture points are located precisely using feedback from the patient. When the correct points are located, patients will feel an immediate change in pain or discomfort.

Tuina

Tuina is a Chinese form of therapeutic massage. In China there are entire departments in hospitals dedicated to Tuina as a medical therapy. Unlike traditional massage for stress relief, tuina is a targeted form of massage that works to relieve areas that are tight or restricted, which translates into pain or limited range of motion or power for movement. After the needles are removed tuina is often done to enhance the treatment effect.

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