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James Saper R.TCM.P.
328 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3W5 (519) 341-9314

Treatment options that meet your needs

Each session begins with a TCM diagnosis -- a holistic assessment that is distinct from, but complementary to, a Western Medical diagnosis. Based on this TCM diagnosis, I'll present you with a range of possible treatment options. Together, we'll choose a treatment plan that meets your needs.

This can include:

Acupuncture
Acupuncture needles are ultra-thin -- much thinner than a standard hypodermic needle. I use these needles at carefully selected points on the body to regulate Qi and produce a wide range of healing responses. Scientific investigations have found that acupuncture can help the body maintain homeostasis, moderate inflammation responses and relieve pain.
In my practice I use only sterile, single-use needles to ensure your safety.


Herbs
Chinese Herbology is often regarded as one of the most sophisticated systems of herbalism in the world. I can tailor formulas to suit your individual needs and to correct any underlying patterns of disharmony you may be experiencing. The clinic has a well stocked herbal pharmacy with over 200 different herbs.

Please note that no endangered animals or plant material are used in my practice.

Tui Na massage
Chinese Massage (known as Tui Na) can be used alone or in combination with other treatments to relieve pain and muscular tension. It includes acupressure to stimulate specific points as well as broad strokes to relax muscles and improve circulation.

Cupping
Cupping is a traditional treatment that can be used by itself or in combination with either acupuncture or massage. The inside of the cups are heated to create a vacuum and then quickly placed over acupoints. The treatment can sometimes leave circular marks. These marks are not painful and fade in a day or two.

Therapeutic Heat Lamp treatments
Far Infrared Heat Lamps, also known as TDP lamps emit infrared in the spectrum range of 2 - 50 microns. The heat produced penetrates deeper into the body and is absorbed more efficiently by cells than other sources of heat. The result is a penetrating heat that can be used to increase local circulation, relieve pain, reduce inflammation and promote wound healing. It can also be used to stimulate acupoints in the treatment of insomnia, dysmenorrhea and other conditions.

Nutritional counselling
Health promotion and maintenance is fundamental to the practice of TCM. Its unique dietary principles can help you maintain and improve your health, energy levels, digestion, etc.

Qi Gong
A combination of meditation and gentle exercise, Qi Gong can play an important role in health maintenance and rehabilitation. I specialize in a modern set of therapeutic exercises, known as Lian Gong Shi Ba Fa, developed by a medical team in Shanghai, as well as classical forms such as the Eight Silk Brocades. This set is designed to enhance joint mobility and circulation, as well as support the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
For more information on Qi Gong visit the Resource Pages.
To see class schedules, visit my Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Bagua & Xingyi page. Private instruction is also available, please call or e-mail for more information.

last updated Aug. 2, 2006