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Originating in China 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is one of the oldest, most respected, most researched and most commonly used forms of therapy in the world.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flowing through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. Some of the benefits of acupuncture include:
Stress and tension relief
Increased energy levels
Relief from bad habits and addictions
Greater sense of overall health and well-being
Acupressure is based on one of the most ancient principles of healing - that simply touching a specific point on the body will release stress and improve health in the body. Pressure is directly applied to these "points" on the body. This relieves muscle tension and improves circulation. It is a simple and powerful technique shown to be very effective in treating headaches, backaches, insomnia, and other ailments.
Fire Cupping has been a very important method in Chinese Medicine. From stone to bamboo to glass cups, the cupping technique has been used for thousands of generations. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. Specialized "cups" are placed on specific points of the body, then suction draws the skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt - it simply draws fresh blood to that area of the body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique used throughout Asia for thousands of years. Mugwort, a small, spongy herb, is burnt to facilitate healing and health by strengthening the blood, stimulating the flow of Qi (energy), and enhancing overall vitality and health.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated back to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.
Pulse diagnosis is actually one of the most complex and important diagnostic techniques used in Chinese Medicine. Through feeling and evaluating your pulse, an accurate diagnosis of your overall constitution, Qi (energy) flow, and internal organ health, among other things, can be obtained to customize an effective treatment plan for each individual's specific needs.
Tui Na is an ancient form of therapeutic bodywork based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A variety of pressures and strokes along the meridians (energy pathways) of the body are used to relax the muscles and stimulate the flow of energy throughout the body. Treating both the physical (musculature) and energetic (Qi) levels of the body at the same time can often achieve better results than a conventional western massage which only addresses the muscles.
Gua Sha has been used for thousands of years but is relatively unknown in the West. It is used throughout Asia as an effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments. First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on the body. Then a smooth round-edged object is used to apply short brisk strokes to the area. This creates red patches of skin (called "Sha"), detoxifying the blood and restoring a healthy flow if Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and although the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days, the feeling of health and vitality arising from the treatment lasts much longer.
Personal Nutrition Coaching – During this one on one consultation, we will provide advice on meal content, food selection, portion control and weight management after a full evaluation of body type according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Clients can also learn how to speed healing, discourage disease, adjust weight, increase energy, and boost overall health and well-being through proper nutrition.
Energy flows unhindered along natural pathways in the healthy human body. Often in locations where there is ill health or disease, blockages can be found restricting energy flow or stagnation can be seen pooling and decreasing the natural flow of energy. Techniques to remove obstructions or to increase the energy flow back to normal healthy levels can fortify any plan to improve a person's overall health or add support toward the healing of specific ailments. To clear energy channels and release the natural flow of energy we provide Reiki, Qi Kung and Meditation.
Reiki is an energy healing method that is usually done by placing the hands in a series of positions over and slightly above the body. It promotes healing by activating the relaxation responses. It helps the body to balance itself from a very deep level. Reiki allows positive energy to flow into the body through the hands of the practitioner and this balances and heals the energy in the body. It has been scientifically shown to decrease pain levels, speed up the healing process and relax both mind and body.
Hot Stone Meridian Treatment
Hot Stone Meridian Treatment is a technique used to energize and stimulate the energy channels in the body. The heat melts away accumulated stress and releases energy along the meridians. The stones are often used in conjunction with deep tissue massage because the direct heat relaxes the muscles and increases circulation allowing for greater intensity and effective healing.
Facial Rejuvenation services combine ancient anti-aging beauty techniques and modern scientific advances to purify and reinvigorate. Anti-aging facial cleanses pores, exfoliates dead skin and includes an anti-aging hydrating mask as well as a relaxing facial massage. The facial works to decrease pore size, combat dullness, and infuse skin with hydrating moisture for suppleness, helping to reduce fine lines and alleviate stress. Micro-dermabrasion gently removes layers of dead cells revealing the beautiful youthful skin trapped beneath. Acupuncture “mini-facelift” frees blocked channels of Qi and re-directs the Qi to encourage youthful suppleness, elasticity and beauty. This procedure is non-invasive, painless and natural. Results usually blossom within 5 sessions and generally last a few months.
What Will My First Visit Be Like?
Zeng Natural Healing Center offers clients a peaceful sanctuary apart from the commotion and hurry of daily life. A calm heart and a relaxed body can reinforce the positive effects of TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine. Both the location and The Center itself are designed to support and encourage serenity. The address, across from the Nanuet Hotel and bordering the Nanuet Mall, is simple to locate and parking either street side or in the rear of the building is easy and convenient. Inside, the serene and uplifting atmosphere separates the mind and body from the pressures and daily stresses of the world outside.
Initial Consultation and First TCM Session
The first visit begins with a consultation. This is where you have a chance to describe past health events, explain current health issues you'd like to address, and to mention any medications or vitamins you are taking. Be thorough, as details help your health professional gain a clearer perspective in order to help you.
Along with the information you supply, your TCM professional will ask questions, gather visual information as well as perform pulse, tongue, and palpation evaluations to further confirm an issue's nature or source. After gathering this information, your practitioner plans a customized TCM treatment and may also offer you tips on diet or nutrition that will assist your body in relieving or healing health issues.
The initial consultation is followed by a customized treatment session. Occasionally acupuncture or another TCM therapy may be used for treatment. However, most commonly it's a combination of techniques that best targets an individual's unique health concerns.
Your body is a naturally self-healing mechanism. When in balance, with all systems functioning, your body is very good at fending off sickness, getting rid of toxins, and rebuilding or repairing damage. However, in the same way a roofer needs nails, shingles, and time, to repair a damaged roof, your body also needs proper materials and time to repair and rebuild, too. Proper materials mean: vitamins, minerals, proteins, etc. and as the human body repairs itself largely during sleep, adequate repair time means adequate restful sleep.
Modern lifestyles are not set up to support a balanced mind or body, but to unbalance them.... with poor diets, insufficient rest, extra body weight, caffeine, smoking, alcohol, junk food, and living in an endless state of stress. The body's healing and maintenance systems get: overloaded with too many toxins, clogged with unhealthy "food," denied adequate nutrients to repair damage, insufficient sleep to finish repairs, and all the while forced with caffeine or other stimulants to keep going despite mounting damage caused by continual unaddressed overload. Is it any wonder our bodies have trouble repairing, rebuilding, or healing themselves with today's lifestyles?
Your TCM practitioner is rigorously trained to recognize and locate energy blockages, stagnation, or overloads in your body's systems, and to assist in opening what's blocked, dispelling what is stagnant, or drawing energy to where it is lacking. In other words, TCM helps a body's systems that have been unbalanced to rebalance so they can go back to doing what they were meant to do - heal, repair, and maintain health.
What to Expect After your First Treatment Session
Occasionally a single session may be enough to resolve a health issue. However, in most cases, to receive and maintain the full benefits of TCM, multiple or regular visits are usually needed to help the body heal itself, especially while compensating for an unbalanced lifestyle. Besides any improvements in the health issue being addressed, clients often notice other positive changes after TCM sessions as well.
Some of the more common positive effects clients might notice after one or a few sessions include: a gradual increase in their energy level, sleep quality, regularity, ability to feel emotions, the sensitivity of their 5 senses, and a lower stress level as TCM helps the body's systems regain balance. These benefits are signs the techniques are beginning to work and the body's systems are coming back online.
Considering all the benefits that may be obtained without the use of pain killers, prescriptions, or invasive techniques, there really are surprisingly few unpleasant effects arising from TCM. And those few that do are mild and temporary. For example, there may be trigger point pain or discomfort during acupressure when long blocked tension is finally released, or tiny bruising, minor soreness, or muscle twitches during acupuncture, or redness from cupping and gua sha. Occasionally from TCM treatments, there have been reports of temporary fatigue, lightheadedness, or unexpected emotional release. As channels are reopened, stagnation is dissipated, and the body is encouraged and supported to once more begin healing itself, other as yet undealt with health issues may become noticed as the more obvious ones begin healing.
You may notice in between visits your body needs extra sleep, more nutritious food, and a little extra patience while it readjusts to doing healing work again. Remember.... You would not ask your roofer to fix your roof without the time or materials, so try to give your body the nutritious building materials and the adequate sleep time it requires to make repairs.
Things to Remember before coming for a TCM Session
Although, nothing is mandatory, there are several simple things to remember before a TCM session.
Try to avoid both caffeine and alcohol. Likewise guard against overly strenuous physical or mental workouts before a TCM session. Planning to eat a small meal including protein, fat, carbs, and vegetables about 2hrs before your visit will help you feel neither too full nor too hungry during treatment. Loose, comfortable clothing is very important. For first visits, try to remember all medications/vitamins/birth control, past serious health events, and any other health related info so you are prepared to tell your TCM practitioner about both past and present health issues. If possible, leave your cell off so your session remains serene and uninterrupted.
Make the Most of Your Session
A calm and relaxed state of mind can further help your body get the most from your TCM session. Try to leave early enough so that it isn't necessary to rush and raise adrenaline. Take a deep breath before you enter your car and remind yourself of the easy location and stress free parking. Sit comfortably, drive calmly, and avoid anxiousness. The stairs physically lead you up, away, and apart from the busy frenetic world outside. As the glass doors glide closed behind you, consciously leave the days pressures outside on the street. Upon entering The Center, let the peaceful sounds and the gently uplifting colors and decor guide your mind and body to a quiet restful stillness. Aim to maintain this peaceful state during your entire TCM session. Your life makes a lot of demands on your mind and body. Try to dedicate your time at The Center exclusively to the quiet and stillness that best supports the natural care and healing of the very same precious mind and body that supports and cares for your life every day.