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TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)

n. The medical theory and practices of Chinese culture, especially herbal medicine, acupuncture and osteopathy, for preventing or treating illness, or promoting health and well-being; abbreviated as TCM.

TCM is an ancient medical system that takes a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature and applies them to the human body. TCM is not new nor is it a patchwork of different healing modalities; rather it is a complete medical system that has been practiced for more than five thousand years.

At the heart of TCM is the tenet that the root cause of illnesses must be treated, not their symptoms. In modern-day terms, TCM is holistic in its approach; it views every aspect of a person’s body, mind, spirit, and emotions as part of one complete circle rather than loosely connected pieces to be treated individually, as in Western medicine.

The major TCM modalities include Chinese Herbology, Acupuncture (dry needling and Acupoint Injection), TuiNa (Chinese massage/structural osteopathic alignments) and QiGong (Chinese energy exercises). You will find additional information on these practices in the corresponding categories below.

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is an ancient form of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) involving the insertion of solid filiform acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture. Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce of relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or surgery.

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ELECTROACUPUNCTURE

Electro-acupuncture is the term used to refer to the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles, or even without needles, to acupuncture points on the body. This Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique was developed in China in the 1930’s, and though it is a fairly recent development in the ancient method of acupuncture, the idea behind it corresponds directly with long-held beliefs. Acupuncture operates on the idea that a person’s qi, or life force, runs through body along certain meridians, and that specific points on the body correspond with these meridians. When these points are ‘activated’ or stimulated by touch, specific complaints of chronic pain or illnesses can be alleviated. Using a gentle electrical current in conjunction with, or instead of, acupuncture needles, is an alternative way to stimulate the point and enhance the qi.

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FACIAL REJUVENATION ACUPUNCTURE

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a safe and relatively painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of aging. Though Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can sometimes be referred to as an Acupuncture Facelift or Cosmetic Acupuncture, it is more than a cosmetic procedure. It is a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture was originally developed for patients with paralyzed muscles from Bell’s Palsy or stroke. The result of treatment was so cosmetically pronounced overtime that it was transformed into a program for anti-aging and beauty.

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ACUPOINT INJECTION

Injection Therapies are an acupuncture system that incorporates neuroscience and European medical science into its clinical applications for pain management, orthopedic conditions, and internal medicine.

Acupoint Injection is the injection of substance(s) in acupuncture points and or ashi points on/in muscle, ligament or bone.

The injected substance enhances the Qi and Blood flow to the area and allows the body to regain balance and health. Generally Acupoint Injection techniques are used when regular acupuncture fails to provide the desired results or is deemed to be ineffective for the specific problem.

Acupoint injection is the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) version of injection used by many other groups including medical doctors, naturopathic doctors and dentists. The difference with TCM injection is we look at the whole body and use TCM diagnostics to determine Qi and Blood deficiency, not just where the pain is located. The Acupoint Injection is used to balance the body, and treat the area of pain. Many different medications are injected to regenerate muscle, ligament, body, even bone. The techniques can be as simple as injection into the muscle or can involve using a TCM needling technique and then injecting the material to stimulate tissue repair.

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BIOPUNCTURE and antihomotoxic (homeopathic) medicine

Injection Therapies are an acupuncture system that incorporates neuroscience and European medical science into its clinical applications for pain management, orthopedic conditions, and internal medicine.

Biopuncture Injection Therapy is based on principles originating from Acupuncture, Neural Therapy and Homotoxicology (Homeopathic medicine) and the term coined by Dr. Jan Kersschot, Belgium. The majority of biotherapeutics ampoules used in Biopuncture are micro dose dilutions that contain contain undiluted botanical products and homeopathic dilutions and a minimum of ‘chemical substance’. ‘Natural’ products are used rather than chemical ones because natural products generally have less side effects than the allopathic (pharmaceutical) drugs. In Biopuncture the emphasis is to respect the natural healing processes in the body instead of just taking away the symptoms.

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PROLOTHERAPY

Injection Therapies are an acupuncture system that incorporates neuroscience and European medical science into its clinical applications for pain management, orthopedic conditions, and internal medicine.

Prolotherapy, also called proliferation therapy or regeneration injection therapy is a treatment of tissue with injection of a dextrose solution into a joint space, weakened ligament, or tendon insertion to relieve pain.
The term Proli is Lation for “to grow”, regenerate or rebuild. “Prolo” is short for proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak.

Prolotherapy injections of dextrose can be used to treat many different types of musculoskeletal pain; chronic pain resulting from injuries to the ligaments and tendons of the appendicular skeleton and soft tissue injuries to ligaments, tendons and fascia. The treatment is excellent for:

  • Arthritic Back & Neck Pain, Sports Injuries
  • Disc herniation, Unresolved whiplash, Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Migraine/ Cluster Headaches, TMJ
  • Heel spurs ,Knee Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Torn Tendons, Ligaments and Cartilage

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OZONE THERAPY – Injections, Inhaled Ozonides, Ear Applications & More

Injection Therapies are an acupuncture system that incorporates neuroscience and European medical science into its clinical applications for pain management, orthopedic conditions, and internal medicine.

Ozone therapy is the use of medical grade ozone, a highly reactive form of pure oxygen, to create a curative response in the body. The body has the potential to renew and regenerate itself. When it becomes sick it is because this potential has been blocked. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to remove many of these impediments thus allowing the body to do what it does best – heal itself.
From a biomedical perspective, the therapeutic benefits of ozone may be broadly understood as: oxygenation, sterilization/detoxification and regeneration.

From a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) perspective, oxygenation relates to the treatment of Blood Stasis. Sterilization relates to the treatment of Toxic Heat. And thirdly, regeneration relates to the treatment of Deficiency of Qi.

Conditions that may benefit from treatment with Ozone Therapy include:

  • Meniscal tears and joint disorders
  • Shingles (Herpes zoster) and Herpes Simplex
  • Herniated Discs
  • Diabetic ulcers and venous stasis
  • Allergies & chronic sinusitis
  • Cancer & Lyme disease
  • Alzheimer’s, senile dementia
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Colitis and Crohn’s
  • Tinnitus
  • Vaginal infections
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Candidiasis and many more conditions

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PROLOZONE INJECTION THERAPY

Injection Therapies are an acupuncture system that incorporates neuroscience and European medical science into its clinical applications for pain management, orthopedic conditions, and internal medicine.

Prolozone is a homeopathic/oxygen-ozone injection technique developed by Dr. Frank Shallenberger. It combines the natural principles of Biopuncture, which is the injection therapy use of liquid homeopathic medicines, with the Dextrose and Procaine used in Prolotherapy and NeuroPuncture therapy and adding medical grade Ozone used in Ozone Therapy.

Each component of Prolozone therapy has a specific biological purpose. Procaine acts to re-establish cellular membrane potentials. Anti-inflammatory agents decrease edema and swelling. The inclusion of vitamins and minerals provides necessary substrates of oxygen utilization that in damaged tissues are often deficient. And finally, oxygen utilization is directly stimulated by ozone.

It is excellent for all forms of musculo-skeletal and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative and arthritic hips and knees, degenerated discs, and shoulder and elbow pain. Because in many cases Prolozone actually corrects the pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to becoming permanently pain free.

One last note about the effect of injecting a gas: Unlike injecting a liquid, which will just pool in the area of injection, gases expand when injected, and dissect along areas of inflammation delivering oxygen, anti-inflammatory agents and homeopathic medicines to very large areas are treated with only one injection. This decreases the number of injections needed to treat a given area.

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TRIGGER POINT INJECTION

Injection Therapies are an acupuncture system that incorporates neuroscience and European medical science into its clinical applications for pain management, orthopedic conditions, and internal medicine.

Trigger Point Injection is used to treat persistent muscle pain and decreased range of motion in affected areas such as the neck, shoulders, and pelvic girdle. Trigger points may also manifest as tension headaches, tinnitus, TMJ, decreased range of motion in the legs and low back pain.

Normal muscle contracts and relaxes when it is active. A trigger point is a knot or tight, ropy band of muscle that forms when muscle fails to relax. The knot often can be felt under the skin and may twitch involuntarily when touched; called a jump sign. The trigger point can trap or irritate surrounding nerves and cause referred pain (pain felt in another part of the body). Scar tissue, loss of range of motion and weakness may develop over time.

LASER THERAPY

Laser Therapy offers patients a safe and effective therapy for a range of medical conditions, including soft tissue and sports injuries, wound healing, dermatological conditions and some musculoskeletal problems.

Laser therapy is the use of monochromatic light emission from a low intensity diode. The light source is placed in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell morphology and function.

Laser therapy is simply a way of getting energy/qi into the damaged tissue. The energy/qi is then used by the body to heal the damaged tissue at an accelerated rate.

The advantages of low intensity laser therapy:

  • Non-invasive
  • Non-toxic
  • Easily applied
  • The body’s natural healing processes are enhanced resulting in tissue regeneration and cellular stimulation.

 

NEUROPUNCTURE

Neuropuncture is a recent system of acupuncture that combines neuroscience, other Western medical sciences and present acupuncture research, to the classical Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture model. It is a system, developed by Michael D. Corradino, that incorporates neurophysiological mechanisms and the application of electrical acupuncture. Neuropuncture targets specific nervous system receptors for the release of specific neuropeptides, reset dysfunctional visceral autonomic reflexes for improved organ function, to depolarizing excited overstimulated nerve roots for pain management. Neuropuncture works by predominately targeting and stimulating specific neuro-tissue.

CHINESE AND WESTERN HERBOLOGY

Also Known As:
Natural Medicines
Naturopathic Medicines
Homeopathic Medicines

Western Herbology medicine involves using plants and plant material to create medicines to help prevent or treat various illnesses. These materials may use some all parts of a plant, such as flowers, roots, fruits, leaves, and bark.

For over half a century, Belgium, German and other European manufacturers have been renowned for their exceptional homeopathic pharmacopeia products utilized in supporting immune, lymphatic and endocrine systems to properly process and eliminate toxins from the body. Biotherapies include Homeopathy, Gemmo Therapy macertes, PhytoGen Therapy, Tissue Salts, OligoTherapy, Flower Essences and Essential oils taken internally. There are elements of TCM herbology adopted by Western Herbology which also respects the natural healing processes in the body instead of just taking away the symptoms.

Chinese Herbology medicine is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and is one of the more important modalities utilized in TCM. Ingredients incorporates parts of plants; the leaf, stem, flower, root and also ingredients from minerals. Formula remedies are created or standard formulas are prescribed by the TCM doctor or herbalists to included ingredients to both target the illness and take into consideration the patients yin/yang conditions, or ingredients are needed to cancel out toxicity or side-effects and some herbs require the use of other ingredients as a catalyst.

Unlike western pharmaceutical medicines, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the individual effect of individual ingredients. A key to success in TCM is the treatment of each patient as an individual.

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TUI-NA

Also known as:

  • Chinese Structural Alignment/Chiropractic
  • Chinese Massage
  • Osteopathic Mobilization
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments
  • Qi Energy Issuance

Tui-Na is the branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that treats the patient using only the physician’s hands to bring about a change in the patient’s condition. Like Chinese medicine itself, Tui-Na can be viewed as a sum of different styles or systems. It essentially boils down to three main skills:

1. soft tissue treatment
2. skeletal alignment
3. energy issuance

Tui-Na is the least invasive of the three modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), with no foreign substance whatsoever penetrating the patient’s skin or being ingested. While the casual observer may draw parallels with massage, chiropractic, osteopathic mobilization or osteopathic manipulation, Tui-Na is a very different science when viewed as a whole, even though there are techniques within Tui-Na that resemble the other modalities of manual therapy.

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QIGONG

Qigong, (pronounced chee-gung) is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, and focused intention. The word Qigong is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second work, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together Qigong means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and focused intentions.

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NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Naturopathic medicine is a form of licensed health care that combines modern scientific medical knowledge with the art and science of traditional and natural forms of medicine found around the world.

Naturopathic medicine emphasizes nutrition, lifestyle and belief in the body’s innate healing power. By adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle, the body can often change or reverse the course of an illness and restore good health.

OSTEOPATHIC MOBILIZATION

See: Tui-Na

BIOLOGICAL MEDICINE

Biotherapeutic Drainage: The burden of health problems that plague modern society result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations as a result of poor nutrition, stress overload, environmental toxins and more. We have the potential to naturally eliminate toxins – depending on the body’s toxic load. Biotherapeutic Drainage is a long-lasting and effective way of restoring health to the body as it works at an intracellular and extracellular level, facilitating the emunctories to remove blockages while respecting natural physiology. Opening the emunctories to discharge toxins helps to support physiological functions, encouraging the body towards homeostasis. Dr. Desmond implements a natural cure program and/or a variety of drainage therapies for each individual patient based on the relevance to each individual’s immunity and terrain, without suppression and in a non-invasive manner.

SIBO Syndrome: SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) refers to a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria result in a chronic bacterial colonization of the small intestine. Normally, many of these bacteria should only be present in the large intestine. When bacteria colonize the small intestine they interfere with normal digestion and absorption of key nutrients. They can also cause the common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) like gas and bloating, urgency, constipation, diarrhea, or both. In addition, the bacteria can cause damage to the mucosal ling and may predispose a person toward systemic problems such as body aches, fatigue and ‘foot sensitivities’. SIBO is a prevalent condition and understanding the syndrome, knowing how to treat it, is key for many patients suffering with gastro-intestinal symptoms. Dr. Desmond implements a natural cure program and/or a variety of drainage therapies for each individual patient based on the relevance to each individual’s immunity and terrain, without suppression and in a non-invasive manner.

Prostate Health: As current and ongoing research continues to explore improvements in prostate health and various methods of detecting disease, men must be encouraged to play an active role in disease prevention by looking to trusted health professionals. As the most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer death among men in North America, it is important for patients to be aware of simple but effective strategies supporting prostate health and disease prevention available to them. Dr. Desmond implements a natural cure program and/or a variety of drainage therapies for each individual patient based on the relevance to each individual’s immunity and terrain, without suppression and in a non-invasive manner.

Systemic Enzyme Therapy (SET): Wobenzyme
Systemic Enzyme Therapy has been successfully applied in clinical practice to a myriad of conditions of over 50 years. The emerging science has helped reveal the pharmacokinetics and mechanism of action of SET and although this stalwart has been a traditional supplement for optimal health in Europe for many years, current science and updated clinical trials continues to support its use today.

Seasonal Defense: Therapy to Boost the Immune System
Physiology has the innate ability to protect itself from disease. A strong immunity is the first line of defense against the seasonal onslaught of colds and flu, and a myriad of other viral and bacterial infections. Supporting physiology is key to building strong immunity, which includes the capacity of our emunctories toward elimination. With the stress of conventional medications, refined foods, additives, alcohol, pesticides and other chemicals in the environment, our ability to adapt and detoxify can become overwhelmed or even chronic.

Are you exposed to?

  • Diesel fumes, exhaust fumes or gasoline fumes
  • Bleaches, oven and drain cleaners, furniture polish, floor wax, window cleaners
  • Nail polish, perfume, hairspray, or other cosmetics

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?

  • Lethargy, Fatigue, Brain Fog, Headaches, Poor Memory & Concentration
  • Digestive problems: Constipation, Indigestion, Bloating, Heartburn
  • Food Cravings, Weight Gain, Compulsive Eating
  • Environmental and Food Allergies
  • Shortness of Breath, Chest Congestion, Chronic Cough, Excessive Mucus Production, Chronic Sinusitis
  • Joint & Muscle Pain, Stiffness
  • Acne, Acne Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, Unexplained Rashes
  • Mood Swings, Anxiety and/or Depression

Dr. Desmond supports his patients with detoxification, which strengthens their immune system, improves vitality and energy levels, aids digestion, support mental clarity and focus, calms or decreases allergic symptoms and much more.

AROMATHERAPY

Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy using plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, for the purpose of altering one’s mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being.

Natural oils are extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant.
Aroma Therapists utilize blends of therapeutic essential oils issued through topical application, massage, inhalation or vaporizer to stimulate a desired response.

ALLERGIES

Several Chinese patterns of disharmony may be involved in cases of allergies. In all cases, however, wind is part of the diagnosis, usually combining with another pathogenic influence in wind dampness, wind cold, or wind heat. Typical of patterns involving wind, allergy symptoms often occur without warning. In seasonal allergies, such as hay fever, the most common diagnosis is wind and dampness. This combination produces a sudden onset of symptoms: sneezing, itching eyes and throat, and a heavy sensation in the head with copious mucus.

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