Techniques

Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis®

Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine is best known for Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis®. This extensive and comprehensive diagnostic technique is an ancient art which studies the twenty-eight pulses found on the wrists. Each position tells us something about every organ, the function of the organ and how the organs contribute to the body by way of Qi and blood, as well as the health of tissue, fluids, and the homeostatic process within the body.

Pulse diagnosis reveals critical information that can greatly alter treatment strategy, and the most incredible aspect of this diagnostic technique is its preventative abilities. A thorough examination of, and diagnosis using, the pulse can read serious disease potential one to three years in advance, as well as help the practitioner to understand acute issues that may also be occurring now or contributing to future problems.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique for unblocking Qi, practiced in China for more than 2000 years. Qi is an energy believed to flow through the body along fourteen main pathways, called meridians, and its harmonious movement relies on the balance of yin and yang energies in the body. When yin and yang are in harmony, Qi flows freely, and a person is healthy. When there is an obstruction of Qi along one of the meridians, or an imbalance of yin and yang, a person is sick, diseased, or suffering from injury.

By inserting very fine needles at particular points on the body, an acupuncture practitioner is able to rebalance the opposing energies of yin and yang and clear Qi blockages, thereby allowing the patient to return to optimum health.

An essential component of an ancient medical system, acupuncture is a constantly-evolving practice, and today the needles are twirled, heated, or even stimulated with weak electrical current, ultrasound, or certain wavelengths of light.

Herbs

Chinese Herbalism is a major pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Herbology evolved into a healing art in China through observation and usage. This knowledge was compiled and passed down for refinement through the centuries. Herbs, like everything in Chinese Medicine, are classified according to their energetic qualities and functions. They are defined with terms like warming, cooling, tonifying or purging, which describes the overall energetic configuration of the herb.

Tuina (Tui Na)

Tuina (Tui Na) is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques, Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body to heal itself naturally.

Tui Na methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.

Cupping

Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle.

Today, cupping is mainly recommended for the treatment of pain, gastro-intestinal disorders, promotion of circulation, lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma), and paralysis, though it can be used for other disorders as well.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is an Asian healing technique used in both the clinical setting and in the home. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called ‘sha’, that will fade in 2 to 3 days. Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, and nausea. Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health. In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. In Western medicine, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth, rescue people from forms of shock/collapse, and assist with infertility issues in women.