What is Medical Qigong?
Do you have pain? Have you seen several doctors that scratch their heads unable to help you feel better without drugs? If so, try Medical Qigong with Chris Shelton at Morning Crane. We succeed helping people when other methods fail. The clinical practice of Medical Qigong encompasses the old foundations of traditional Chinese medicine in combination with very advanced techniques and meditations to increase the practitioner’s sensitivities to help him interpret better what is going on with you. After your first visit we expect to see an 85% reduction in your the condition, not 10 visits down the road. Our objective here is to get you healthy as quickly as possible and teach you how to take care of your own health.
Toxins often accumulate in the connective tissues creating blockages and impeding blood and fluid circulation. The strong suction action of the cupping stimulates blood and lymphatic fluid to flow near the skins surface and to key areas of the body for easy and direct release of the toxins.
Cupping is an ancient technique used around the world to help facilitate the body`s ability to heal itself. Cupping is usually made of glass or plastic jar with a smooth and rounded mouth used to create a partial vacuum over the skin. This causes the blood to circulate and pulls it towards the surface of the body. The cupping method has the function of warming and promoting the free flow of Qi and blood in the acupuncture meridians, dispelling cold, dampness, diminishing swellings, and chronic pain. In our clinic, the cupping method is mainly used to treat such as pain of the low back, shoulders, knee, and leg, gastrointestinal disorders such as stomachache, vomiting, and diarrhea, and the lung disease such as cough and asthma. It is also very useful to help with disorders and diseases where the underlying cause is from long standing negative emotions. The glass cupping method also can be combined with Bloodletting, Moxa, Needle and Water therapies. We sometimes choose to do moving cupping where massage oil is rubbed on the back and the glass cup is then slid over the surface of the back. This method is done primarily when a large area of the back needs to be addressed.
In traditional Chinese medicine, one effective means to bring about healing involves burning the ground up leaves of a spongy herb called mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris L.). Called moxibustion, this heat therapy has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means “acupuncture moxibustion.” Burning mugwort, or moxa, has a distinct odor, which some people find relaxing. Some people with severe sensitivities to smoke may not be able to tolerate moxa. The essential oils in moxa have a significant effect. All over the world, mugwort has had an established reputation as a plant that keeps evil away. In European folk tradition, mugwort was put into dream pillows to prevent bad dreams. During moxibustion, the practitioner monitors the heat level, and works with the patient to provide a therapeutic level of heat while maintaining comfort and safety. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, and maintain general health. Specifically it can be used to relieve chronic pain, impotence, improve sexual drive, reduce stress, and increase one’s energy (Qi).
Gua sha (Chinese: 刮痧; pinyin: guā shā), meaning “scraping sha-bruises”, is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Practitioners believe gua sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing. Gua sha is sometimes called “spooning” or “coining” by English speakers, referring to the implement used. Most practitioners use bone or jade implements specifically shaped for gua sha use.
How it’s done. This technique involves rubbing oil on the skin over specific acupuncture points, and then rubbing a sterlized coin or gua sha tool over the oiled area with a scraping motion. Rubbing results in red markings as blood is pulled to the surface;it is believe that the more severe the imbalance in that area the darker the mark will be. The procedure can be painful, depending on how hard the practitioner rubs, and the skin may be tender to the touch for a few days afterward. All the marks eventually fade, sometimes turning to a browish/yellow before going away.
How it works. Gua sha creates a suction on the skin that pulls stagnant intercellular fluid to the surface, removing toxic debris and replacing it with fresh oxygenated, nutrient-rich fluid, which in turn accelerates cellular regeneration and revitalizes the region.
What it’s used for. Gua sha is effective for any condition that arises from stagnation of body fluids. Thus, Gua Sha can be used to treat, alleviate and heal a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, including: migraines; chronic neck, shoulder and back pain; bone spurs, strains and sprains; menstrual disorders, insomnia, heart disease, hypertension, vertigo, sinusitis, ear and eye disorders, chronic infections, sciatica, osteo arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, neuralgia, asthma, cysts and tumors, carpal tunnel syndrome, stress, digestive disorders, muscle aches, breast pain, varicose veins, skin disorders, blood disorders and liver, spleen, kidney, bladder, and pancreatic stress.”