What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is an empirically based system of medicine designed to enhance the body's natural healing abilities. Acupuncture uses small, thin, disposable needles to regulate one's energy, relieve pain, and stimulate the body's internal organs to restore balance and promote health and wellbeing. Shiatsu and Tui Na are forms of Asian bodywork, which stimulate the body's healing energy through acu-pressure instead of the use of acupuncture needles. TCM is a safe, reliable, effective and non-invasive form of medicine. For over 2500 years acupuncture, bodywork, herbal applications and meditation have been used to keep people healthy.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture became famous in the United States for success in the field of pain management. Gradually patients found that not only did their pain vanish, but other chronic problems improved as well. Each organ system"s wellness level can be detected through pulse and tongue evaluations. Acupuncture is used to heal the body before disease manifests.

Acupuncture is a great modality to treat musculoskeletal symptoms including sciatica, shoulder instability, and low back pain, carpal tunnel, and general body tension. Acupuncture together with Chinese Herbs treat internal disorders such as high or low blood pressure, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel, asthma, common cold, low immune function, autoimmune disorders, sleep and nervous disorders, headaches, stroke, trauma, obstetrics, gynecology, menopause symptoms, cancer, anxiety, depression, pediatrics, geriatrics and other categories of disease.

Acupuncture is also proven to help people overcome their addictions to cigarettes, chewing tobacco, coffee, food, alcohol, and other substances. Acupuncture benefits mental and cognitive functions to assist with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders. It also alleviates the side effects of medications and provides stability while weaning off mood altering medications.

What is a BaZi Life Reading?


Life Readings are based on the time line calculations derived from the ancient almanacs that have been used by the native peoples of Asia and America for over a millennia. This kind of calculation is often used in Asia with the application of Feng Shui and other types of geomancy calculations. In Asia, you will find there are countless examples where business decisions are made, wedding dates selected and life decisions that are partly based on this kind of informational input. In America, these calculations are set for sacred ceremonies, healing rituals and rites of passage.

‘Climatology’ not ‘Astrology’

Life Readings can have a profound impact on a person’s life. The information bestowed upon them tells a person of confirmations, misgivings and other patterns measured with cycles of time. These readings focus on the natural evolution of time and environment. The landscape that we measure has an inherent understanding that states that you are not alone and that you are connected to the rest of the world. Literally. What you do has ripple effects. We often do not see them.

Life Readings are not ‘Astrology’ or ‘Horoscope’ readings. This is a common misconception. The readings provided are not based on alignment of celestial bodies, stars and planets. The readings provided are based on the alignment of blocks of time to measure your entire universe. Let me repeat this: Entire. Universe.

There are stages in your life when you need to know what to do. There are times in your life where you think you know one that thing is going on, and instead it becomes a ‘reversal of fortune’ in the process. There are times in our life when we think we have no control. There are other times when we think “we are in control” when we really “are not in control.”

My journey that has taken me from the mountains of Song Shan and the Shaolin temple in China to the sacred long houses of ‘the People’ in the canyons of the Southwest here in the USA. In my travels and life long study, I have confirmed this certainty: there are no accidents. There are mishaps, pitfalls, splattered spaghetti sauce and spilled milk, but upon hindsight, we gain a sense of maturity and understanding...until we make those mistakes again.

These Life Readings help a person along the way in search of themselves to limit those mistakes. My grandmother told me many years ago, “The hardest thing to do is to know yourself.” So if you are ready to take this journey, be ready.

With the help of this guidance and the tools I utilize in understanding a person’s life roadmap, the calculation is not very complicated. The hard part is when do you begin being human again.

“Great- So Where do I start?”

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Life Readings begin with the foundations of these calendar system, that states the flow of time is subject to a continuous change of qualities which affects the life of an individual. If the functions of the quality changes of time are known, it is possible to calculate the development of the person's potential for his/her whole life span. These Life Readings provide a roadmap of confirmations and possibilities with relationships with one's family, marriage, children and their education, life event planning, personal crisis management and inner mind balance. The solutions are derived from the selection and composition of these calculations to gain an insight on your Life's path, purpose and personal destiny. The results of the calculation evaluates and interprets a variety of physical, mental/emotional and other life assessments, as well as in relation to the Chinese medical diagnosis of the function of organs according to East Asian Medicine theory and practice. These overarching theories for the categorization of human personality have matured and have experienced an uninterrupted development up to this day. The East Asian design of these calculations prosper especially in Taiwan R.O.C. where a rich expert literature on the topic has been produced. It also finds lively application in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and in every other society committed to the classical Chinese traditions. The Native American calendar system has begun to enjoy a ‘renaissance’ with our traditional ways. We see our traditional ways being taught to those who are interested in knowing about culture and nature from an indigenous perspective.

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Also known as Cosmetic Acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture is a virtually painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. The technique uses acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to erase years off of the face and neck. Based on the principles of Oriental Medicine, it helps the whole body look and feel younger by addressing the physical, mental and emotional patterns that cause disease and contribute to the aging process. The use of acupuncture to slow the visible effects of aging began in China in the Song Dynasty (960-1279AD). In traditional Chinese medicine, it is known as "Chinese Medical Cosmetology."

What are the effects?
Facial Rejuvenation reduces or eliminates fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, sagging and discoloration of the face while simultaneously supporting overall health. In general, it may erase as many as five to fifteen years from the face, with results after just a few treatments. Fine lines may be eliminated and deeper wrinkles reduced. Bags under the eyes can be diminished; drooping eyelids, brow lines, sagging jowls and double chins lifted. It helps to eliminate puffiness by eliminating excess fluids and improving metabolism.
Treatments tighten pores, improve muscle tone and dermal contraction, increase collagen production and affect its distribution. Moisture in the skin and evenness of skin color will be balanced by increasing local circulation of blood and lymph to the face. Any stress that is evident in the face will be reduced.
Most importantly, Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture brings out your innate beauty and radiance. Though Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture can sometimes be referred to as an "Acupuncture Facelift," it is more than just a cosmetic procedure.

What is the procedure?
Each treatment involves the insertion of tiny acupuncture needles into specific areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, feet, and legs to affect changes in the face as well as the whole body. On your first visit, we discuss your overall health history, including any physical, mental or emotional issues in your life that you feel you want to work on. We will evaluate what changes you would like to see in your face and skin, and then you receive an acupuncture treatment. The needles are inserted while you are relaxing and lying down on a massage table. Once the needles are in, you rest for 30-45 minutes. In general, the treatments are very relaxing and take about 1 1/2 hours.

How does Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Work?
The principle of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is that beauty comes from within. If you are aging in a way that looks and feels unhealthy then it is possible that there is a fundamental, constitutional imbalance that is causing you to age in the ways that you are. When balance is restored, you will feel and look more radiant. On a physiological level, acupuncture has been shown to increase circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body. Increased blood flow can balance out skin color and can help to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone. By increasing lymph flow, buildup of noxious elements in the skin can be eliminated by the body. Acupuncture has also been proven to strengthen the immune system, and our skin is an essential part of our immune system. The needles inserted into the face affect collagen and elastin production and its dispersal. Collagen is a protein produced by our bodies that is responsible for our skin's durability and resilience. Elastin is responsible for the elasticity of our skin. Sun exposure and aging degrade and decrease the production of our collagen and elastin. Acupuncture helps to stimulate the body's natural processes of cell reproduction and growth.

Why treat the body and not just the face?
The effects of Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture are not confined to the face. Each Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture treatment is individualized according to how each person is aging. No two people receive the same treatments because each person's aging process is unique. Acupuncture points are chosen based on an individualized diagnosis according to the principles of Chinese medicine. A diagnosis is reached by examining constitutional health issues and any symptoms you may be having. Thus, the treatment is an overall rejuvenation of your health as well as your appearance.
Throughout treatment, other physical symptoms you may be experiencing will also improve. Treatments can improve hormonal balance; delay the graying of hair and hair loss associated with aging. You may notice you have a better quality of sleep and increased energy. It will improve your digestion and metabolism and strengthen your immune system. You can also address and treat any chronic or recurring pain.

How do Chinese Herbs contribute to the treatment?
Chinese herbs are an important part of the Facial Rejuvenation protocol. Herbal formulas are created especially for you and herbs are selected based on your constitutional diagnosis. Again, the principle is that if the body is in balance and your organ systems are functioning properly, the negative signs of aging are reduced or eliminated. Chinese herbs help to restore balance on a daily basis. They help to continue the effects of the acupuncture between treatments. Also, sometimes more severe symptoms - for instance hot flashes, night sweating, hair loss or even bloating and indigestion - are more effectively treated with herbal medicine, rather than by acupuncture alone.

How many visits will I need?
In order to attain desired effects, a series of 10 to 15 weekly Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatments are required. After completing a course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the results. Maintenance sessions usually occur monthly for 2 to 3 months and then seasonally for as long as you wish to maintain results.

What is Qigong?

Qigong is a set of geometric movements that focus on promoting health and longevity. "Qi" means energy or life force. "Gong" means work or technique. Qigong allows the person to work on relaxation, alignment and sensitivity to their energetic field. Qigong as a healing system is over 5000 years old. It is one of the "four pillars" of Traditional Chinese Medicine. (The other three pillars include: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Tui na, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine manual therapy.) Qigong helps induce a relaxation response that assists the body's immune system to strengthen itself. GroundSpring Healing Center offers a bimonthly course in Qigong. Please call for details.

What is Medical Qigong?

Medical Qigong is an extension of general Qigong. GroundSpring Healing Center offers a 2 year Medical Qigong Training Program for the individual interested in using it as a modality to help balance their health and the health of others. Medical Qigong is used in hospitals across China, Japan and other areas in SE Asia. It has long been established as a useful non invasive, non surgical modality to help individuals in their physical, mental, emotional and energetic challenges. The course includes post graduate clinical work in China as part of their Medical Qigong study.

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Introduction to Cleanse Programs

What is the difference between the cleanse/detox programs you offer?

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Cleanse Program Comparison

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What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in both the clinical setting and in homes. This modality is little known in the West. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called "sha", that will fade in 2 to 3 days. Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and other forms of inflammation. Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders.

Moxa- What is this?

Moxabustion, or "moxa" (the Japanese word for moxabustion) is an ancient form of heat therapy. Moxa plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet and Mongolia. Moxa warms regions and acupuncture points of the body with the intention of stimulating circulation through the acupoints and inducing smoother flow of Qi and blood.

During an indirect moxa treatment, the moxa stick is comfortably held several inches away from the skin and directed at major acupoints and meridians on the body. The practitioner and recipient are in constant communication for comfort, safety, and therapeutic results. As the herb is burned, the energy goes to you! Moxa works on the acupuncture points in a nourishing manner.

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What is Cupping?

Cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient's skin. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM) it involves placing glass or bamboo cups on the skin by creating a suction from some kind of heating element. This therapy relieves congestion or "stagnation" in TCM terms and is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold, flu, pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma. Cupping also is to treat back, neck, and other regions for musculoskeletal pain. Cupping was made "famous" in 2004 when the actress Gwyneth Paltrow was having her back cupped on the "Early Show" on CBS with Harry Smith

Intuitive Readings

Intuitive Readings at GroundSpring Healing Center are a method that is used within the broad spectrum of Mind/Body medicine. Intuitive Readings are also known as Energy Readings. At GroundSpring Healing Center, PC Readings are performed comfortably seated in chairs and via the telephone in cases where the recipient is unable to come to the clinic. Readings are recorded onto a CD so you can listen to it later on for reference. These readings utilize the principles and practices found in the field of Mind/Body medicine.

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