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TCM Services

Asian Medicine, Oriental Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine

For thousands of years, Oriental Medicine has been used to treat and prevent diseases for more than one-third of the world’s population.  The combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary counseling and shiatsu massage is a safe compliment to Western medical treatment for adults and children. Oriental medicine can be used to treat illness, improve health and well-being and prevent recurring problems that are not responding to traditional care.  Learn More About Commonly Treated Conditions.


Acupuncture is a part of a larger medical system known as Eastern Medicine. Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points on the body known as Acupuncture Points. Acupuncture works by inciting the body’s innate healing, balancing and regulating abilities. Illness, pain and disease arrises when the body becomes stuck, unable to overcome some external or internal damaging force. Just like we get proper nutrition out of a healthy meal, Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture strengthen the body’s curative capabilities, supporting inherent internal processes. These effects are felt systemically.


Cupping involves the placement of glass or plastic specialized “cups” onto areas of the body.  A vacuum is created within the cup allowing adhesion onto the body.  Cupping is used in addition to traditional acupuncture for a variety of conditions including; pain, muscle tension, trauma, detoxification and colds or the flu.


Moxabustion (also called Moxa) is performed in two ways at Minneapolis Family Acupuncture.  Moxa is a refined and compressed form of the herb mugwort.  It is either attached to or held near inserted acupuncture needles in order to add heat to the system.  This results in an increased blood flow to the area helping with the healing of many conditions that result from cold or stagnation, such as infertility, digestive issues and arthritic pain.

Gua Sha - Scraping

Gua Sha is a method of lightly or moderately scraping the skin with specially designed tools to illicit a skin response. Modern research studies have show this seemingly antiquated technique to have both immune boosting and anti-inflammatory effects that last for days after the treatment. It is traditionally used for chronic neck, upper and low back pain, joint pain, tissue and facial restrictions as well as breast engorgement during breast feeding.

Acupressure/Chinese Massage

Chinese Massage (aka Tui Na) is a specific form of massage technique that has been used in the healing tradition of Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Following the same theories and balancing principles as acupuncture, Chinese Massage targets certain areas in the body freeing muscle and facial systems to remove restrictions and alleviate pain.

Asian Medicine, Oriental Medicine

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is the most commonly prescribed treatment in Oriental Medicine. These medications work with natural processes to strengthen bodily systems, such as the digestive and respiratory systems. For thousands of years Asia’s adults and children have safely taken herbal medications with few mild side effects.

The herbs used at our clinic are of the highest quality and are grown naturally. Herbal medications are taken as teas, pills or granules. Herbal medications are used both to treat and prevent illness.

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle form of massage and advanced physical assessment that works with the soft tissue, fluids, facia, muscles and nervous system to remove restriction and enhance physiological functioning. Developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, “CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.” (Upledger.com)

It is effective for a wide variety of ailments including: Chronic Neck and Back Pain, Headaches, Pediatric Disorders (Colic, Autism, Sleep issues, Torticollis and Plagiocephaly, Learning Disabilities), Central Nervous System Disorders, Orthopedic Problems, Stress and Tension-Related Problems, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), Neurovascular or Immune Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Surgical Dysfunction.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Tai Chi and Qi Gong are ancient forms of energy cultivation. They are the embodiment of moving meditation that allow the practitioner to hone in on the stillness and breath of the body. Tai Chi is an advanced martial (as in martial arts) form of Qi Gong that is a regimented series of slow movements developed over thousands of years. Just like weight lifting builds muscle, the practice of Qi Gong and Tai Chi develops awareness and enhances physiological functioning. Disease, pain and illness arise from restricted movement and function. Qi Gong  and Tai Chi restore proper physiological activity removing stasis and unblocking limitations.

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