Services - What do we do?

 

Medical Check-up (TCM), Diagnosis & Consultation

We use pulse as well as tongue diagnosis to gain a comprehensive understanding of a client's energetic make-up and the state of the organs. This is augmented by an anamnesis to gather insight into the client's understanding of their health. Looking at both physical and mental / emotional aspects. Your eating and other personal habits, stress levels, and general life situation will be considered as much as your health history, as we regard the whole person and never only an isolated part, no matter how obvious the problem may appear.

We will then devise a treatment plan together entailing as needed physical / energy treatments at Yakushi Center, self treatments (as homework), phytotherapy, and dietary recommendations. (This step may need some preparation on our part if the picture isn't immediately clear, and may happen in a separate session.)

As different meridians are dominant over the course of a year we recommend to do regular seasonal check-ups. Since these seasons are defined according to the lunar calendar they are not fixed in the normal calendar year. Please refer to our newsletter (email) to learn as a change of season approaches.

Treatments

Acupuncture

Acupuncture uses thin, sharp, needles (that generally cause no pain when they penetrate the skin) on the trigger points of the meridians to remove energy blockages, dissipate negative external factors, or balance the energy. E.g. for excessive heat the therapist applies high frequencies on the needle after puncturing (e.g. with electrical current or through manipulation). The needles stay in the body for a certain period of time depending on the indication (usually between five and forty-five minutes).

Moxibustion

Moxibustion, or Moxa, uses heat of burning herbs (Artemisia vulgaris, or Mugwort) on or near the points on the meridians to stimulate or balance the energies. It is often combined with acupuncture to increase the treatments effectivity. Moxa is most commonly used for problems associated with 'wind or 'cold', or yang deficiency.

Cupping

Cupping uses the heat and suction effect caused by vacuum created by burning small amounts of alcohol in a small glass placed on the skin to disperse harmful energies, simulate stagnant energies, or increase circulation in the areas treated. Cupping is often used e.g. for respiratory issues (like bronchitis and asthma) and pain syndromes.

Masso / Tuina Massage

Masso or Tuina is a manual therapy form using poking and pinching techniques (the word Tui Na literally means "poke-pinch") as well as stretching and motion elements on the meridians and acu-points to achieve similar results as acupuncture and moxibustion. The more well-known "acupressure" is a sub-set of Masso / Tuina therapy. It can be used to complement other forms of treatment or as a stand-alone, and can be applied by a therapist or by the client themselves. Masso / Tuina therapy is indicated for almost all conditions.

Shiatsu

Modern Shiatsu is a technique using pressure on both, points on the meridians (similar to Masso / Tuina), and directly on areas above organs, glands, etc.. It thus enhances the self-healing powers of the body's own systems, effecting e.g. skin, central nervous system, endocrine system and body fluid circulation on top of the classic TCM treatment effects. It is most commonly used for detox, treatment of pain syndromes and insomnia, and as an enhancement of other techniques.

Prophylactic & Supporting Treatments

Aroma Massage

Aromatherapy Massage combines the beneficial effects of essential oils with therapeutic or relaxing massage, both chosen according to the client's health needs and the context of the overall treatment plan.

Essential oils have three major effects on the human being. The scents are activating the limbic system in the brain gently affecting moods, state of mind, etc.. The oils have direct antiseptic and other biochemical properties that can help in many cases. And, lastly, in the context of TCM, essential oils are connected with the system of meridians and energies and can be used to support other types of treatment.

The massage techniques used in aromatherapy massage vary and can be adapted to suit the client's therapeutic needs.

Hot Stone Therapy

A greatly energizing massage using the thermal healing power of heated basalt stones.
The high level of iron and magnesium in the stones allows them to release heat slowly to work where the body needs it. Increasing circulation so that nutrients reach the cells in the body more quickly. This treatment is also great for detoxifying organs such as the liver and kidneys so they can work more efficiently. One massage stroke of the stone is as beneficial as ten massage strokes by hand, bringing both the physical benefits of relaxation and pain relief, as well as the mental benefits of stress relief and relaxation.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage 

Lymphatic drainage is a delicate form of massage that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, improving the metabolism, helping the body to eliminate waste and toxins and providing a boost to the immune system. The lymphatic system is responsible for helping fluid and waste leave the body and for regulating the immune system. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, fluid builds up and stagnates, causing the entire system to become toxic, making us feel sluggish and more susceptible to viral or contagious diseases. By stimulating this system through massage, it works more efficiently, which in turn boosts the immune system, clears blockages, eliminates toxins, transports nutrients to cells and increases the metabolism.

Acupressure & Shiatsu

As preventive and supportive techniques both acupressure and shiatsu can be applied for relief of stress and tensions, energizing treatments, or for invigoration. The details of each treatment are determined by the client's needs, preferences, and the requirements of the overall treatment plan.

Phytotherapy

TCM's herbal medicine uses single or compound ingredients, won from herbs and other sources (e.g. minerals and animal products) for balancing / regulating (e.g. energies), but can also be used for the other two treatment types (see general explanation on TCM). The therapy achieves its effects either through the external (skeletal and energy system) or internal body (organs or viscera). Phytotherapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment, but is most powerful in combination with other methods. Depending on the indication the medicine may both be applied orally or externally.
Note: Yakushi Center tries to avoid using animal products, as we are committed to protect life. If there are other substances available or if the effect of an animal product is not certain we will refrain from prescribing substances that have been produced causing suffering and that thus bring the suffering into the patient's body and mind.

Energy / Bodywork

Qi Gong

Medical Qi Gong, as we practice it, is based on the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Literally, Qi Gong means "energy exercise". According to Qi Gong, we are healthy when we are full of energy and the energy flows smoothly. In a Qi Gong massage the focus is therefore directly on the patient's energies, aiming at replenishing energies and freeing its flow. Medical Qi Gong exercises for the patient to perform outside the treatments are part of what we cover in "Self Therapy Coaching".

Self Therapy Coaching

Beyond the treatments that require a therapist TCM has a lot of skillful means to heal, or to strengthen our health and prevent illness from taking root. We select special exercises from Tai Chi, medical Qi Gong, as well as self-massage techniques from different methods and teach them to our clients to suit their individual health and energy situation. This aspect of treatment along with nutritional and herbal proscriptions is an important part of the treatment, not only for its immediate effect, but especially as a means of empowerment. Helping our clients taking over responsibility for their health and well-being is one of the keys of our approach.

Nutrition Coaching

The food we eat, besides potentially being delicious, is the very substance of what we become. Food can be very potent, both as healing or as harming influence. For most indications there are dietary recommendations to support the treatment. For some diseases there are even powerful healing diets with amazing effects if adhered to diligently.
And even more important than what we eat is in most cases the way we eat. If we are mentally present at a meal, becoming aware of what we are ingesting, we will not only be better able to appreciate the food, but we will also more easily recognize harmful aspects of our diet. And we will actually be nourishing ourselves with the food instead of eating the things our mind is busy with instead of the bite in our mouth.

Fasting

Beyond amending our diet to support treatments or to generally improve our health fasting is one technique that has been growing in popularity in the west and east alike over the recent past. Whether a week or a month, fasting is a detox-experience for body and mind.

Education & Training

Our training courses aim to build deeper understanding of theories and practices of Traditional and Holistic Health Care and are offered on demand. They are highly customized according to the students' needs and interests. Depending on the depth of breadth of subject matter covered they consist of a varying number of classes of ninety minutes each and are held as soon as at least three students sign up.

Basic TCM Theory

Naturally we cannot take on the task and responsibility to teach comprehensive courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine. However as an add-on to the more practically oriented massage course, or to help patients understand the treatments we are devising for them on a more detailed level, these classes are very useful.

Masso / Tuina Massage

A good part of the body of treatment knowledge known as Masso or Tuina can be applied by lay people to improve energy flows, release tensions, and generally increase health. Our classes cover the basic theory as well as techniques that allow the student to safely help themselves, friends, and family.

Nutrition Therapy

More systematic than in an individual application, classes in nutrition therapy build a basic understanding of food as medicine, and how that can be applied in our daily diet to keep healthy and strengthen our bodies and minds.