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Tui Na Massage:

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Tui na means "pushing grasping," and is a powerful form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridian channels. Tui na is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems and sports injuries. It can also be used to treat internal diseases. At Hoku Integrated Healthcare, we apply a unique synthesis of Tui Na with European Bodywork. Soothing oils with cooling linaments or essential oils may be used.

We give 10-15 minutes of Tui Na (massage) at the end of a treatment for pain. If you are receiving acupuncture for stress, some acupuncture treatments may include relaxing essential oil massage.

Cupping and Gua Sha

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Above is a photo of Michael Phelps, Olympic Gold Medalist with cupping marks on his back (photo courtesy of ABC news). Here is the link to the story>                  People have been using this technique for thousands of years to relieve muscle pain, and bring more blood flow to those muscles. 

Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. It is somewhat like deep tissue massage. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, and may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings blood to the area and helps improve circulation and relieve pain. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. Suction can be created by using silicone cups, or cups that use a small pump. Besides being useful in sports medicine, alleviating muscular tension and pain, this technique can also help aid in conception, removing Cold in the reproductive system, a common problem in men and women with fertility issues. It should be noted that cupping is not painful, even though it may leave marks, somewhat like "octopus hickeys" for a about a week.

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Gua Sha, as seen above, is similar to cupping, but in some cases may feel stronger. It uses a smooth tool (often found in China Town) that slides across the skin to help treat colds in adults and children. Like cupping, it is also used to relieve muscle tightness, treat chronic pain, and improve circulation to the area. It is also used to help dispel the common cold, in children and adults. Gua Sha is usually applied to the neck, shoulder, back, sacral, and buttock area, leaving red or purple marks, that look somewhat like "road rash". Gua Sha is also helpful in diagnosis, telling the practitioner which meridians are most affected, and for how long. This technique is becoming very popular in Hollywood, where Gwyneth Paltrow has been said to receive regular treatments.

Moxibustion

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Moxibustion (also known as moxa) involves the heating of acupuncture points and channels with smoldering mugwort herb, applied either directly on the skin, on an acupuncture needle, or using a pole. Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. As we live in a generally damp and cold environment in Sooke, (some would say the west coast in general), we often suffer from muscle and joint pain, especially when the fog rolls in. Moxa is a wonderful soothing treatment, warming up the body and easing pain in the joints, tissues and even sinuses. Moxa can also aid digestion, when applied with ginger, increase immunity when used on selective acupuncture points, provide us with extra energy, combatting fatigue, and aid fertility in both men and women. Many people find moxa to be very relaxing.                                                      
In modern times, a TDP near infrared lamp with an ion plate is often used, with or without moxa essence applied to the skin. This device covers a broad area, and isn't "smoky" like moxa.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

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Angela has been certified in Facial Rejuvenation (FRA) acupuncture by Virgina Doran, for over 10 years. FRA helps increase blood circulation to your face, giving it a nice youthful glow. It stimulates collagen production helping to sculpt cheekbones, and removes small lines and blemishes. Constitutional points are inserted so that your inner beauty will shine through. She uses particularly fine Japanese needles so that needle insertion is barely felt.           As everyone has particular needs when it comes to facial care, a series of treatments will be suggested specifically for you. Treatments are 90 minutes in duration; others can be up to 2 hours; often 10-12 visits are required, again depending on your needs, with top up seasonal treatments. We can discuss package options for you.

Jin Shin Do® AcupressureHoku Integrated Healthcare offers safe, effective Acupuncture in Westshore Colwood, Victoria BC

Do you want to feel your joy again? Perhaps you want to remove blockages to your inner awareness, contentment, and inner growth.

"Jin Shin Do®” means “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points and verbal Body Focusing techniques, to help release “armoring” or chronic tension, balance the “Qi” or energy, and improve vitality. This clothes-on method helps relieve stress- and trauma- related problems.

A unique synthesis of a traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acupuncture and acutheory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, it is recognized as a major form of Asian Bodywork Therapy (by AOBTA®,NCCAOM®, & amongst others). Originated by psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, Jin Shin Do® acupressure promotes a pleasant trancelike state, in which one can relax and move out of the head and into the body, accessing feelings and inner wisdom.

Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease. It is a relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care. For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, the reader is strongly encouraged to consult a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, the Jin Shin Do® Acupressure technique can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being.

If you are being treated lying down on your back, you will receive a complementary Jin Shin Do® relaxing neck and shoulder release

For more information please visit www.jinshindo.org

 

Acupressure

When giving 1 on 1 acupuncture treatments, Angela will often use acupressure to augment the acupuncture treatment. When children come into the office and are afraid of needles, gentle acupressure can be used instead. For those of you who are very afraid of needles, you can ask for an acupressure treatment which may be augmented with massage

Nutritional Guidance

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Traditional Chinese Medicine involves recognizing patterns of disharmony in our patients before they become diseases. You can prevent or heal many diseases by learning to eat a healthy diet, but this takes can take a long time to achieve if you have been eating the typical North American diet; most of us just don't have the time to learn, and are confused about many of the fads out there, some of which are harmful. In TCM we look at your diet according to your specific constitution that we discovered in our first visit intake. We pay attention to food tastes, temperatures, and "energetics" rather than just looking at chemical constituents when it comes to helping you get back to your healthy self. We can tell you which foods and cooking methods work for you, and which ones will contribute to disease. In essence, Chinese Diet Therapy is like herbology, only we use foods instead of herbs and incorporate them into our lifestyle.   At Hoku Integrated Healthcare we may also look at other healthy approaches, such as eating fermented foods, healthy fresh oils, drinking pure water, promoting an alkaline body environment, avoiding gluten, dairy and other foods such as sugars, and additives, that when consumed in excess, manifest as inflammation, overgrowth of yeast, leaky gut/intestinal permeability and allergies in our bodies. Over the years it has become apparent that we need to embrace both old and new approaches to eating to overcome the problems we are seeing with fungal overgrowth, cancer, inflammation, and chronic disease. Without healthy water, food, moderate exercise, and a practise that cultivates our Spirit, allowing us to relax, we can not be truly healthy. Thankfully there is also wisdom in the Chinese saying "everything in moderation, including moderation".

Meditation

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This is the greatest gift we can give ourselves since most illnesses have stress as a component. At Hoku we are able to teach hara-breathing, mindfulness, mantra-based, and/or chakra clearing meditations that can be brought into daily living, bringing calm & relaxation. Meditating is easier than you think and it's a must in our busy, chaotic lives. "All sickness is Home Sickness"-Mary Connolly, 5-element acupuncturist.....and meditation helps bring us back Home.

Preventative Health Counselling: Welcome to the 8 limbs of TCM 

Qi Gong

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Qi Gong means "life energy cultivation" and is traditionally seen as a method to cultivate and balance qi. The "internal" practice involves rhythmic movement, focused breathing, and soft-focused awareness. Qi Gong is a safe and gentle meditative exercise that promotes healing of the mind and body. We teach a form of the 8 Silken Movements, which is a healthy daily practice of stretching and mindful breathing. It's very similar to Tai Qi, another technique involving "playing with Qi", but we only have 8 steps to remember.

Qi Gong can also be applied "externally", and often feels similar to Reiki. This is often experienced as warmth and tingling through the hands of your practitioner. When you feel this, you know you are receiving healing energy. 

Ear Seeds: Auricular Acupuncture

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Did you know that your ears contain 100's of acupuncture points? Small vaccaria seeds, crystals, magnets, and even fun cartoon shapes are taped to the ears to help with addictions, quitting smoking, anxiety, weight loss, pain, and so much more. On average, 2-5 seeds can be placed on your ears to help your acupuncture treatment work longer. Ear seeds can also be applied to children to help with allergies, anxiety and other illnesses.

Learning Lunches & Seminars

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Angela is available to teach groups about Traditional Chinese Medicine, and needle-less techniques.

Pharmacy Consults for RAc, RTCMP, DrTCM

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Do you have patients who are taking medications with names you can't even pronounce, let alone know what they are doing? It can be tricky deciding if internet information is correct or if textbooks are up to date. You probably are aware that you can unravel the mystery of blockage to treatment by reducing the dose of a drug, or removing it altogether, but aren't sure how to proceed. For safety, this should be done under the advice of a pharmacist, who in turn communicates with your patient's physician. Please contact us to set up an appointment. Fees depend on the complexity of the patient's health, and the drug regimen they are following. 

I Ching (Yi Jing) Consultation

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For those of you who interested in the Esoteric side of life, we can set up an appointment to consult one of the world's most ancient oracles. This Taoist divine canon helps us understand the ever changing state of the universe, from the microcosm within, to the macrocosm without. When we need advice in making decisions, the Yi Jing can help guide us. For those of us who are more scientific in nature, this text describes the progression of normal changes to be expected in our lives. The Yi Jing is also considered by many to be the oldest medical textbook in China. It is full of wisdom relating to how the acupuncture channels relate to and balance each other. Angela has been studying the Yi Jing for well over 30 years.  

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