Chinese Medicine Services

Acupuncture Cupping Chinese Medicine in Washington DCChinese Medicine incorporates the teachings which have been fundamental to the practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and Chinese medical philosophy for over 3000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete therapeutic system with the end goal of mental, physical, spiritual wellbeing. 

Using classical analytic methods of tongue, pulse, questioning, observation and palpation, the Chinese Medical practitioner analyzes the collective information to find the patterns in the body that correlate to ill health. The goal of traditional Chinese Medicine is to bring the body back into dynamic homeostasis with the natural environment, to allow the body to adapt and change in a healthy “dance with the internal and external variability of day-to-day life” by using minimally invasive techniques.


Through the use of hair-thin filliform needles, (or needle-free if preferred) the Chinese acupuncturist seeks to target specific pathways in the body in order to pinpoint the root of the problem. There are 12 meridians in the human body, corresponding to the gall bladder, lung, liver, large intestine, spleen, stomach, heart, small intestine, bladder, kidney, triple warmer, and pericardium. There are also several meridians that do not correspond directly to an energetic organ system in the body such as the penetrating vessel, the governing and the conception vessel. The basis of this system relies on understanding of astrology, climactic influence and other factors.

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Acupressure is similar to acupuncture in that the treatment is targeting blockages in the meridians with strategically placed pressure with a finger or other tool (tuning fork, blunt instrument). Acupressure does not pierce the skin and is safe for those that have a phobia of needles or would prefer this gentler method. Acupressure is also used for young children, the elderly, and any other client preferring not to use needles for any reason.
With all of these tools and many more, a good Chinese Medicine practitioner will never say, “There is nothing more I can do.”

Chinese Herbs

Based on the information received from tongue, pulse, palpation and interview a precise and individually catered formula of granulated herbs will be prescribed. Using classical formulations of herbs, plants, and minerals refined over thousands of years as well as modifications due to the individual nature of each person, these formulas seek to continue the work of the acupuncture treatment in a substantive and internal process of homeostatic re-regulation.


Cupping dates back to 281 AD, used widely by ancient Taoists. Incidentally, evidence of cupping has also been found in deep East Asia, Japan, the Korean peninsula and the Arabian Desert. Traditionally, cups were made from the horns of animals but evolved into bamboo cups and eventually glass was used as a vehicle for therapeutic cupping.
Using the power of suction, cupping loosens adhesions, relaxes the muscles and has proven effective for many problems of the pulmonary, musculoskeletal and vascular system.
Cupping feels similar to a deep tissue massage and has been made popular by many of the glitterati in Hollywood.

Chinese Medicine May be Helpful for:

  • Pain management (including chronic pain and acute injury)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fertility
  • Lyme Disease
  • Gastrointestinal ailments
  • Women’s health
  • Weight loss
  • Addiction
  • Cancer Care
  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Sports injury
  • Wellness



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