Traditional Chinese Medicine – Overview by Cecilia Erazo-Fritz, A.P.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has 4 main branches:

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal Formulas/Nutritional Therapies
  • Massage
  • Medical Qi-gong


Acupuncture consists of the insertion of fine, hair-thin needles along the body’s energetic pathways, or meridians. These meridians cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels. These needles are much thinner than vaccination needles, and are not hollow. Acupuncture points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years, and there are more than a thousand known acupoints. Western research has confirmed the existence of these points as areas of the body containing high electromagnetic flow. Disease is the result of a blockage of energy flow, or an imbalance of energy flow. Acupuncture adjusts the flow of energy, known as “qi” (chee), leading it to areas where it is insufficient and draining it from areas where it is stuck or overabundant with results being improved balance and healing. Through balance, all things become possible.

Acupuncture studies confirm acupuncture as an effective modality in the treatment of hundreds of acute and chronic disorders.

Full-body acupuncture treatments can take from 45 to 60 minutes, with the patient lying comfortably on a massage table. The first appointment will include a complete consultation that is necessary for proper diagnosis. Please allow 1.5-2 hours for the initial diagnosis and treatment. Treatments are by appointment only.

Auricular acupuncture is an effective way to treat the entire body via intricate microsystems on the hands and ears. It works based on direct neurophysiological links to the brain, which then sends messages to various parts of the body, or to the brain itself. It is a particularly effective treatment for chronic or acute pain, stress and addiction (smoking, alcohol, and food). Dr. Cecilia Erazo-Fritz is a nationally- certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist.

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Medical Qigong Therapy

Medical qigong therapy is one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and it is the energetic foundation upon which the other branches are based. “Qi” means life force energy, and “gong” means skill. Medical qigong is the skillful practice of gathering, circulating, and applying life force energy to promote health and healing. This treatment modality has been successfully used in hospitals throughout China for hundreds of years.

Disruptions in the electromagnetic energy of the body occur throughout our lifetime as a result of poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, emotional and physical trauma, and environmental toxins. Medical qigong treatments correct bio-energetic imbalances and blockages that lead to pain and/or illness. The treatments stimulate the body’s healing potential and help strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous system and the immune system. Medical qigong therapy is particularly effective in facilitating the release of suppressed emotions that have become toxic to the body’s tissues. The treatments consist of specific techniques that use the knowledge of the body’s internal and external energy fields to purge, tonify (strengthen), and balance the body’s energy flow.

Medical qigong therapy is commonly used adjunctively to help people treat the side-effects from chemotherapy and radiation, as well as chronic pain, neurological disorders, stroke, depression, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, as well as a host of other imbalances.

The patient often experiences a profound rest and sense of peacefulness that further promotes health and well-being. After the treatment, exercises are prescribed based on each individual’s specific needs.


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