At Bodhi we use the following therapies from TCM and modern medicine in our personalized approach to wellness. Each therapy or a mix of them are tailored to the patient depending on their lifestyle, constitution, the type of condition, and how long it has been going on.
Thin sterile needles are inserted into acupuncture points to regulate the flow of qi (energy) and blood to achieve homeostasis. These points are located along organ meridians throughout the body. By stimulating acupuncture points, the body's natural healing mechanism gets activated; sending signals to the brain causing a cascade of chemical reactions.
Herbal formulas are used in combination with TCM modalities or alone. We have our own Chinese herbal pharmacy on site and carry the freshest, highest quality of raw, powder and tea pill herbs and follow GMP (great manufacturing practice) standards. Our in house pharmacy allows us to modify the formulas for every individual needs and have them ready so you can continue healing after treatment.
The purpose of Gua Sha is to break up stagnation as well as bring oxygen and nutrients to the surface of the skin. This is done by scraping the area with a smoothed edge instrument. The strokes result in 'sha' or redness on the surface where treatment is performed, increasing microcirculation and influencing the body's own natural painkillers.
Glass cups are attached to the skin by negative pressure creating a vacuum seal bringing old stagnant blood from the affected area to right underneath the skin. Cupping can leave temporary marks in the area of stagnation usually if pain is present, as healing takes place the marks disappear. After cupping the blood is able to join the circulation, so that fresh oxygen and nutrients reach the area of concern. When there is an injury or pain, blood and Qi become sluggish and their free flow slowed down.
Food in TCM is classified into five flavors: sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, and salty; and five energies: cold, cool, neutral, warm,hot. Applying this information in addition to their nutritional value allows for a complete approach to healing and maintaining a healthy body and mind. Food Therapy is key for a balanced and healthy life.