Qi is the universal energy in all living things. Gong is what we achieve with steady practice. Qigong is most commonly known as a wellness exercise. But at Mind Heart Healing, it is the core of our work. Without the practice and discipline of Qigong, there is no understanding of this vital force, and the source of true healing. Qi is what runs through acupuncture meridians, and what is moved in any bodywork. Qi is what we receive from herbal medicine, and how nature replenishes us.
- Immune Support
- Women's Health & Fertility
- Low-back Pain
- Digestive Disorders
- Anxiety / Stress
- Respiratory Support
- Cancer Support
Acupuncture & Acupressure
Using thin, disposable, sterile needles, acupuncture taps into our body’s energetic pathways called meridians. Practiced for thousands of years in China and now around the world, acupuncture is a safe, alternative way to treat chronic and acute conditions by stimulating our immune system. A balanced internal system gives way to your body's natural healing abilities. Acupuncture is also an effective way to detox the body by stimulating the lymphatic system.
At Mind Heart Healing, needle technique is important. If one understands how to elicit the body's Qi, a gentle hand is just as effective as strong stimulation. Our practitioner listens to the body and feels the natural ebbs and flows of the meridians. A non-force approach is inline with the Taoist practice of Wu Wei, and the foundation of Chinese Medicine.
Acupressure replaces needles with hand pressure on points along the meridian. Acupressure works well on sensitive and hard-to-reach areas of the body. Coupled with distal release techniques, acupressure works well for immediate pain relief.
Herbal Medicine & Essential Oils
Chinese herbal medicine comes from East Asian indigenous plants. But there are many similar and unique herbs in Europe and the Americas. Used for centuries, and refined by Master herbalists both modern and ancient, an herbal formula comprised of several plants, and organized in a Confucius hierarchy, can be used to treat specific and broad ailments. Each plant element has its purpose, and is organized by its temperature, color, taste, and affinity to the whole or part of a body system. Chinese herbs come in extracts, tinctures, pills, and when necessary a raw, custom blend may be required.
Plant medicine has been practiced throughout the world by all the ancient civilizations, and is a healing modality that is older than acupuncture. Essential oils can help treat physical conditions, but its real power is its ability to heal the Spirit. Negative emotions can thwart our body's ability to heal, and in some cases be the cause of specific symptoms. Anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and even addiction are modern terms used to describe what ancient healers knew were really maladies of the Spirit. When plants are distilled, the process captures its energetic or essence of its spirit into a pure oil. When the appropriate oil is applied onto specific areas of the body, it can help with calming, releasing, or healing negative emotions.
Some of the earliest mentions of essential oil use can be found in the bible. The use of frankincense and myrrh was brought from the East for Mary after the birth of Christ. Frankincense, also a Chinese herb named Ru Xiang is used to invigorate blood, reduce swelling, and heal the flesh, a wonderful herb for a mother after childbirth.
Doctor Max Gerson (1881-1959) treated terminal cancer patients. He put his dying patients on a special diet high in antioxidants. Many of his patients were weakened by the effects of conventional cancer treatments, and the only intervention was food. Dr. Gerson used a combination of raw juice, liver, and coffee enemas to nourish and detox the body. More about Dr. Gerson can be found HERE.
Need we say more about how important proper nutrition derived from real food is to one's health? Heavily processed food is dead matter that cannot nourish our vital force. Eating with the seasons, and relying more on specific energetic properties of foods is the first defense against disease. Dietary changes are common, and once the body is nourished, cravings fall to the wayside, metabolic diseases disappear, and our improved energy and skin tone are signs of better health.
A Deeper Look Into Our DNA
Mind Heart Healing actively uses a style of custom medicine when it comes to solving tough health issues. When a condition is chronic, diet and lifestyle changes may not be enough. A closer look into an individuals blood work, DNA using a resource like 23andMe, and routine saliva tests to better measure hormone function may be necessary. Even routine testing of vitamin D levels could determine the success of a protocol.
A prescription of nutritional supplements and herbal remedies may be necessary to help patients target specific conditions. We rely on natural, non-synthetic remedies which may include materials derived from plants, minerals, and selective animal sources.