Healing Modalities

KIIKO MATSUMOTO STYLE ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely fine, single-use, sterile needles into the skin to gently manipulate the body's energy into harmony and balance. In the past few years, Juliana has been mainly focusing on using the Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) of acupuncture because it is so gentle and effective. Developed by a blind acupuncturist in Japan, Master Nagano, and passed down to Master Kiiko Matsumoto, this style incorporates palpation - touching the body to gain information - often on the belly, neck, hands, feet, and head. This set of information tells the practitioner about the internal state of the patient and what is at the root of the health issues presented.

By placing needles at key locations that relieve the tender or painful areas found upon palpation, both the practitioner and patient get instant feedback that the treatment is working. This system works well not only for aches, pains, and numbness in the body, but also for autoimmune conditions, fertility, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, and more. Additionally, other non-invasive modalities (ion flowing diode rings, direct moxibustion, tiger warmer) can be employed to treat patients (without needles) when needles are not the best treatment for a patient, or in addition to needles to enhance the treatment when it is indicated.

When called for, Juliana employs other acupuncture systems, mainly those by Doctor Richard Teh Fu Tan and Master Tong Ching-Chang. Sometimes electro-acupuncture is used, and it works by attaching electrical leads to needles to stimulate tissues in a different way than manual acupuncture. It can be used to treat pain, increase circulation, stimulate the lymphatic system, reduce inflammation, stimulate nerves and enhance tissue growth.

CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE

Chinese herbs harmonize imbalances in the body's energy that cause pain and disease. Herbs are taken internally and applied topically. They alleviate everything from  neck and back pain, to digestive difficulties to sleep and emotional disturbances. Juliana uses pills mainly which have the most patient compliance as they are easy to take, especially for busy people who don't want to spend hours making herbal tea from raw herbs. In cases where an off the rack formula doesn't work Juliana will create and call in a customized (easy to take) powdered formula to a local herbal pharmacy.

MOXIBUSTION (MOXA)

Moxibustion consists of burning mugwort (Ai Ye in pinyin), a Chinese herb.  It is burned directly on top of the skin (rice-grain sized amounts that are burned over a thick cream to provide tiny points of heat sensation), indirectly above the skin via burning the end of a cigar-shaped stick, or on top of a needle. 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. Of interest is that research has shown that mugwort acts as an emmenagogue that is, an agent that increases blood circulation to the pelvic area and uterus and stimulates menstruation. This could explain its use in treating breech births and menstrual cramps.

CUPPING

Using a flash of fire into a glass cup then quickly putting the cup onto the skin creates a suction that pulls skin and tissues away from the body - creating micro tears to tissues to force fresh oxygenated blood to the area - to increase circulation, warm tissues, release myofascial tension, and pull out pathogens in the case of cold and flus.  Cupping can be static or moving. In static cupping the cups stay put in one location, often creating a circular bruise ranging from light pink to dark purple and is used for people with stronger constitutions.  In moving cupping the cups are pulled around the body creating a pinkish-red band and are used in cases where there is some weakness in the patient that accompanies the stagnation of qi and blood.

GUA SHA

Gua sha, literally means "to scrape for cholera", and is used for pain associated with both acute and chronic disorders. The affected person may feel aching, tenderness and/or a knotted feeling in the muscles.  Gua sha is used to treat and prevent acute conditions such as common cold or flu, asthma, bronchitis as well as chronic problems involving pain and congestion of the qi and blood (often showing up as tight and sore muscles). Gua sha involves firmly rubbing a person's skin with the smooth edge of a ceramic soup spoon, what I affectionately call, ancient Chinese soup spoon therapy.