Acupuncture Therapy and Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese Medicine, also known as East Asian Medicine or Oriental Medicine, is an entire medical system that has continually developed over thousands of years with its own medical theory, diagnosis, and treatment plan.

salish cancer center acupuncture and chinese medicineDIAGNOSIS:

The acupuncture therapists at Salish Cancer Center have developed keen diagnostic skills to effectively evaluate the quality, quantity and balance of Qi flowing within the body. Diagnosis may involve five main techniques:

  • Pulse diagnosis – Over 26 subtle variations in the quality of the pulse are felt at six different positions on each wrist.
  • Looking – A person’s appearance, demeanor and tone of voice, as well as the color, shape and size of the tongue, provide an acupuncturist with vital clues about internal health.
  • Asking – By asking questions, information is gathered about past medical history, present health, lifestyle and emotional state.
  • Physical examination – Palpation of specific areas and acupuncture points can reveal imbalances.
  • Diagnostic tools – By reviewing medical charts, imaging, and pertinent lab information an acupuncturist can further tailor treatment plans.


Acupuncture – Tiny, disposable, sterile needles placed gently into specific acupuncture points.
Herbs – Chinese herbal medicine draws from thousands of herbs for specific conditions.
Moxibustion – Dried mugwort leaves are rolled into a stick or placed on the end of needles, then burned as a warming therapy during treatment.
Oriental nutrition – Specific foods used to strengthen, rebuild and balance the body.
Qi Gong – Specific movements and breathing exercises used to improve health and vitality.
Electro-acupuncture – Acupuncture points are stimulated using a safe, gentle electrical current.
Acupressure/Tuina – A massage technique that stimulates the meridians, facilitating the flow of Qi.
Gua Sha – A gentle scraping of the skin surface using a Gua Sha tool to increase circulation.
Cupping – Using glass or bamboo cups to create a vacuum to increase warmth and circulation.

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