While it seems the world has stopped, our bodies have not. We are still living, breathing, working organisms. Some of us are still in pain, still wanting to have our first child, still struggling with depression or still battling a tricky digestive system. Patients still need care.
At Tao to Wellness we hear the need and are thrilled and excited to offer Telemedicine services to everyone. So if you haven’t been in the office for awhile, are a regular patient or brand new to the practice, we are so happy to be your support system for whatever your needs are.
While most of you know us primarily as acupuncturists, that isn’t the only tool we have. Traditional Chinese Medicine is chock full of different modalities that we can provide to you at a distance.
What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the act of taking our patient/practitioner experience online in a safe HIPAA compliant environment.
What can you treat?
Anything we normally would within our brick and mortar location in Berkeley, California.
What do you offer?
Although acupuncture is not possible during Telemedicine services, remember acupuncture is only one slice of the pie that comprises Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the main offerings in the Chinese practitioner’s toolbox and Chinese herbs are an integral part of optimal health. We are proud to have an extensive granular pharmacy, which allows us the ability and freedom to create custom made formulas for our patients. No two bodies are alike, so no two formulas should be alike either. The magic of Chinese herbs is undeniably life changing because of their ability to make huge shifts in the body with each dose. With our in depth consultation, we can create our signature custom formulas and ship them to you quickly from our Berkeley clinic.
The only difference between acupuncture and acupressure is a needle. The points used are exactly the same. Based on our intake we can create a beautiful, flowing acupressure treatment that you or a loved one can administer easily from home.
Moxibustion is the burning of an herb called Ai Ye over a specific point on the body. Moxibustion can be used for many things: low energy; if the body needs warmth; to turn a breech baby. If we feel that moxibustion is something that you can benefit from, we can easily drop a moxa stick in the mail and give you detailed instructions on how and when to use it.
The Chinese have a unique way of looking at nutrition. Each item, food or drink, has different properties: bitter, cold, sweet, pungent, sour and many more. These properties are taken into consideration when considering what foods might best support a person’s constitution. For example, if someone has Liver energy that is stagnated from too much stress, symptoms may include; trouble sleeping, allergies, headaches or difficult menstruation. To balance the Liver, your practitioner will recommend different foods to eat that will support the liver such as dandelion greens, artichokes or asparagus or sour foods like sauerkraut or maybe something sweet like beets! The system of Chinese nutrition is fascinating and stands alone. Have you ever considered romaine lettuce as being bitter? It is according to the Chinese!
Vitamins and supplements
In an ideal world, we get all the vitamins and minerals we need from our food. But in the world we live in today, even if our diet is pristine the soil or farming practices might not be up to par so supplementation is sometimes required. Sometimes patients need probiotics, adaptogens, a special type of B12, whatever it is, we can help you figure that out.
According to Chinese medicine, there are many different systems in the body. One is the main meridian layout that comprises the 12 organs and creates the main acupuncture point system. There are others, for example, the Koreans believe that they can access every area of the body by only using the hand. Another microsystem you may be familiar with is the ear and it is also believed that you can access all parts of the body by using just the ear. During our consultation we can assess if ear seeds would be of benefit to you. They are super easy to apply and are safe for children.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the services above. Also, some insurance plans now pay for Telemedicine.