Tian Chao Herbs & Acupuncture

"Long before there were x-rays, cat scans, and blood tests, traditional healers used noninvasive methods to ascertain personal health, talents, and character. From their understanding came a deep appreciation for the unity of the mind, body, and spirit. For the Oriental diagnostician, the body is the physical manifestation of the soul. Body and soul are one. The body is both a symptom and a symbol of the spirit. 

Oriental diagnosis is the art of seeing beneath the superficial to the profound; of revealing the inner truth." 

- From Reading the Body; Ohashi's Book of Oriental Diagnosis 

Initial Consultation


Traditional Chinese Tongue Diagnosis

  • Bursitis & Tendonitis
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Common Fatigue
  • Common Cold & Flu
  • Cystitis
  • Depression

Aricular acupuncture is used for many conditions including: addiction, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and other conditions. The acupuncture points located on the ear help to regulate the body's internal organs, structures, and functions. Aricular therapy has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body's own feel-good chemicals.

Ear acupuncture points can be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds or tacs. Ear seeds are very small Vacccaria plant seeds that are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. They can be let in for up to 2 weeks. Ear tacs are very small needles with an adhesive backing that are inserted into the ear and left in for up to 1 week.

Gua Shua, also known as "scraping", is a technique of Chinese medicine that has been used for over 2,000 years. "Gua" means to rub and "Sha" refers to blood stagnation. In scraping, the area being treated is lubricated with oil and then scraped with downward stroke using a shoe-horn-like device. This stimulation creates a red rash-like area of skin, promoting blood circulation and relieving toxin build up, strengthening the body. Discoloration of the skin will typically fade within a week. 

Scraping is commonly done during Solar treatments along meridians in the arms. 

Traditional Chinese Ear Diagnosis

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At Tian Chao Herbs and Acupuncture, we feel it is important to listen to our patients and take all of their symptoms seriously. In holistic healing, every aspect of your health is important, and all the symptoms you experience, no matter how minor, will be taken into consideration when you are treated.

This is why an initial consultation is required prior to any treatment or herbal medicine. 

The initial consultation is a 30-45 minute appointment including:
* Traditional Chinese Diagnosis methods

(tongue, pulse, and ear)
* Stress/Adrenal Gland Function testing
* pH toxicity tests
* BMI 
* Diet analysis and recommendations
* and full health screening

Once these tests have been completed, an acupuncturist can make a detailed treatment recommendation, including how many treatments may  be needed to address a health concern and the frequency at which we would like the patient to receive treatment.

If you would like to continue with treatment, we will send you home with paperwork to be completed before your first acupuncture appointment. 

See Right: This is the same chart your acupuncturist will use at the consultation. Depending on where you experience sensitivity in the ear, the acupuncturist is able to identity imbalances in the body.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions and disorders. 

Commonly treated conditions include:

TCM practitioners recognize that there is a vital energy, called Qi, circulating within the body through pathways, called meridians. It is important for Qi to flow freely throughout the body, if there is a disruption or blockage, the body can become weakened.

The best way to balance our bodies with the outside world, is with Solar Treatment. The ancient working people of China created 24 Solar Terms to reflect the changes in weather, climate, and natural phenomena. These terms are closely related to agricultural production and aspects of daily life such as clothing and food. On the day of a Solar Term, a specific energy meridian is opened within the body. During treatment, the acupuncturists focuses on this meridian, strengtheneing areas of the body that are most at risk during the energy transition.

Childrens's Acupuncture (13 years old or younger)

Observing the tongue is a very important part of TCM Diagnosis. During tongue diagnosis, the acupuncturist looks for any ulcerations or lacerations. The color of the tongue can reveal the strength of ones health. Coating can be caused by an imbalance in the digestive or immune system. Different areas of the tongue represent different area of the body, similarly to the ear.

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During cupping, a vacuum is created by lighting an alcohol soaked cotton ball on fire and inserting it inside of a glass jar, or "cup", which is then placed on the patients back for a period of time. 

When the cups are removed, bruises will be left behind. These bruises can tell the acupuncturist about your health, based on the variation and color within the bruise. This therapy promotes blood and Qi flow. Bruises typically fade within 1 week, and becomes less and less severe as blood circulation improves in the patient. 

Cupping is commonly done on a patients 1st treatment appointment and used in conjunction with acupuncture and herbal medicine. 

In addition to improving blood circulation, Qi flow, and releasing toxins, cupping can also be used to treat: sprains, muscle pain, and other muskuloskeletal problems.

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Lesser Heat (Xiao Shu)
Greater Heat (Da Shu)
The Beginning of Autumn (Li Qiu)
The End of Heat (Chu Shu)
White Dew (Bai Lu)
The Autumn Equinox (Qiu Fen)
Cold Dew (Han Lu)
Frost's Descent (Shuang Jiang)
The Beginning of Winter (Li Dong)
Lesser Snow (Xiao Xue)
Greater Snow (Da Xue)
The Winter Solstice (Dong Zhi)

  • Acute & Chronic Pain
  • Hip/Leg & Sciatic Pain
  • Allergies & Sinusitis
  • Arthritis & Joint Pain
  • Anxiety & Insomnia
  • Asthma & Bronchitis
  • Back, Neck, Shoulder Pain

"Gua Sha" or Scraping

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, one of the key points of staying healthy is to maintain harmony between heaven and humans. Have you ever noticed that certain health ailments spark up during different times of the year?

Disharmony within the body can be treated by determining the underlying cause of complaint, such as a specific organ. Chinese herbs are used to treat disharmony created by internal and external factors and has been used for over 5,000 years.

Traditionally, Chinese herbalists would send their clients home with raw bulk herbs to cook and prepare. Today, we offer our herbal medicine in pill and granule (powder) form for easy consumption. Granule herbs are added to warm water and taken as a tea. 

We understand that as a parent, you want nothing more for your child to be healthy. Tian Wu is a parent herself and feels the same way for her own children.

Acupuncture can be an essential alternative therapy to help regain and maintain your childs health. At Tian Chao, we care for your child's health and well-being not only for the present, but for the future as well.

Children's acupuncture is commonly used to treat: allergies, asthma, loss of appetite, eating disorders, skin disorders, ADD/ADHD, autism, depression, and anxiety.

"I recommend acupuncture be used as a adjunctive therapy or children. Acupuncture is safe and effective. For patients who have no interest in taking additional medications or who have already received the maximal medical treatments, acupuncture is a viable alternative." 

- Dr. Kemper, Pediatrician at Brenner Children's Hospital

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastro-Intestinal 
  • Headache & Migrane
  • Hemorroids
  • Hypertension
  • Incontinence
  • Infertility

The Chinese name for acupuncture is "Zhen Jiu" which means "needle" and "burning". Burning refers to a process called moxibustion.

Moxibustion is a process where "moxa", or dried, compressed mugwort leaves, are burned to generate heat (much like an all natural heating pad). Moxibustion can be direct or indirectt. When moxa is applied directly to the skin, this is direct method. When it is held above the skin (as shown in the picture to the right) this is indirect. Indirect moxibustion can also be done by placing moxa sticks in moxa box, which allows the moxa to burn and warm the area without anyone holding it there. 

We use smokeless moxa and moxa boxes at the clinic, however in special circumstances the direct method may be used. 

Aricular (Ear) Acupuncture

Staying Healthy with the Seasons Program

Lesser Snow (Xiao Han)
Greater Cold (Da Han)
The Beginning of Spring (Li Chun)
Rain Water (Yu Shui)
The Waking of Insects (Jing Zhe)
The Spring Equinox (Chun Fen)
Pure Brightness (Qing Ming)
Grain Rain (Gu Yu)
The Beginning of Summer (Li Xia)
Lesser Fullness of Grain (Xiao Man)
Grain in Beard (Mang Zhong)
The Summer Solstice (Xia Zhi)

Facial Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to solve the underlying root of the problem, rather than manage symptoms. Western medicine cures symptoms once they have appeared, where as TCM seeks to prevent these problems before they have arisen.

The Chinese perceive health as harmony within the body. The body is made up of various parts (cells, tissue, organs, mind) which all have a set purpose but are all dependent upon each other. Energy flows within the body, the Chinese call this energy Qi, and it is essential to the body's function.

The body is a smaller part of its outside world, much like a cell in the body. The body is influenced by enviornmental and seasonal factors.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, pulse reveals more then just heart rate. Pulse diagnosis can give very detailed information on the state of internal organs and the complexity of every part of our body.

The pulse is taken on the radial artery, which is divided into three sections on each wrist and is detected at 3 different levels: supericial (pressing lightly), middle (pressing a little deeper), and deep. The superficial level comprises emotional, exterior, and meridian activity. The middle level shows organic or metabolic activity, and the deep level shows the innermost activity in the body.

Facial acupuncture is an ancient approach to anti-aging. Using fine hair-like needles and inserting them with special technique, an acupuncturist is able to promote Qi and blood flow to the face and body, causing more collagen production which rejuvenates the skin. 

Facial acupuncture improves complexion and elasticity. It helps to  reduce acne/rosacea and puffiness of the eyes. It also reduces and softens wrinkles, giving your face a more vibrant and even skin tone. Facial acupuncture is a safe, natural alternative to botox, improving the overall appearance of skin while incorporating points that benefit the entire body.

  • Liver Disease & Hepatitis
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Peripheral Disorders
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Smoking & Addiction
  • Sports Injuries



Solar Treatment

Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture is safe, natural, drug-free and effective.

Acupuncture is primarily used when a patient falls ill, experiences pain, or feels out of balance. However, it can also be used as a preventative method, as acupuncture strengthens the immune system. During treatment, fine stainless steel needles are inserted into the skin at very specific points. Acupuncture needles are sterile and disposed of after each treatment. 

Over 4,000 years ago, the ancient Chinese theorized that the body had a vital energy force known as Qi (pronounced "Chee"). Qi travels through the body along "meridians", or special pathways, as an invisible current, energizing, nourishing, and supporting every cell, tissue, organ, and gland. Acupuncture points are specific locations where meridians come to the surface of the skin, and are easily accessible by needling, moxibustion, and acupressure.

Inserted needles stimulate the Qi flowing through meridians in the  body, and can either increase or decrease its strength. When Qi is balanced and flowing freely, the body's natural self-healing abilities are activated, enabling the body to flourish in true health and well being.

Just like foot reflexology, the ear also has many points that correlate to different areas of the body. During your consultation, the acupuncturist is able to identify problem areas based on any sensitivity during the ear. Using the chart above, the acupuncturist takes a sterile, rounded metal tool (similar to a q-tip) and begins "scraping", searching for sensitive areas on the ear. The acupuncturist is also able to identify problem areas based on any bumps, veins, or acne in the earlobe. 

Traditional Chinese Pulse Diagnosis