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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.


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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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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