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Serenity Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

At Serenity Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine we understand the balance between primary and adjunctive care and offer an integrated system of health care known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is a component of this system, the origins of which can be traced back in China more than two thousand years making it one of the oldest and best-known treatment modalities.
Address: Oak Park, IL, 60304    
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Serenity Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Tricia Miller, Licensed Acupuncturist and Physical Therapist is the owner of Serenity Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Today, practiced in a large part of the world, acupuncture is seen as an adjunctive therapy to western medicine. Modern technology is also playing a role in bettering TCM, such as the introduction of one-time use sterilized needles and electro stimulation of needles. These advances along with others have not changed the treatment but instead have bettered it and today more and more people are turning to complementary therapies like acupuncture to fulfill their health care needs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has other accessory techniques besides acupuncture. These techniques can be practiced as part of or separate from an acupuncture treatment program. These techniques include:
- Cupping. Cupping is an accessory technique which has attracted a lot of attention this year as it has been used by such people as Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow. This technique involves attaching a jar onto the skin by way of a vacuum. This therapy is warming and causes a local increase in the flow of Qi and blood in the meridians. Although jars made of horn and bamboo were used in the past today the material most commonly used in the West is glass. Cupping is frequently used to treat arthritic conditions, sprains and strains, facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy), and the common cold. It feels wonderful on those tight, achy, knotted muscles.
- Moxabustion. This technique involves burning the herb Artemisia Vulgaris (a species of chrysanthemum) also known as “mugwort” at a distance from the skin to warm an acupuncture point. This produces a comfortable sensation of heat that penetrates deep into the skin. Moxibustion or “moxa” warms the meridians and aids in the smooth flow of Qi. It is beneficial in chronic conditions that are cold in nature.
- Gua sha. Gua Sha is an accessory healing technique that involves palpation and stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument, typically a ceramic soup spoon. The goal is to relieve stagnation and promote circulation and metabolic process. Typically used in the treatment of acute infectious illness (ie the common cold), upper respiratory and digestive problems, Gua Sha provides relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chills, cough and nausea.
- Electro Acupuncture. Electroacupuncture is similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. Like traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body, these needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. The sensation during treatment is one of tingling or buzzing. During the treatment, the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered are adjusted, depending on the condition being treated. Pairs of needles are used so that impulses can pass from one needle to another and several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously.
- Ear acupuncture. This therapy treats disorders by stimulating specific points on the auricle with acupuncture needles. Ear acupuncture is the treatment of choice when treating clients working to overcome addictive behaviors e. g. stop smoking.

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503 Madison St. Oak Park, IL, 60304

Website: Serenity Acupuncture  At Serenity Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine we offer an integrated system of health care known as Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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