Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are part of a complete medical system which views the body an energetic system in which the mind, body and spirit are unified and closely entwined, each influencing and balancing the other. Traditional Chinese medicine is based on a paradigm of medicine that understood that disease is a loss of balance of Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood. Treatment of these diseases are designed to bring the body back into a homeostatic state by identifying and balancing patterns of disharmony within body systems.
Western bio medical research of acupuncture has found that it functions through neurohormonal pathways; acupuncture points have a higher electrical conductivity than surrounding tissue. When activated these highly specific points stimulate nerves and send an electrical signal through the
pathways to induce specific physiological responses. These responses help to balance the body by stimulating regulatory systems, intensifying the healing process and modulating inflammation and pain.
Acupuncture consists of carefully inserting hair-thin, one-time use disposable needles into the skin.
Because the needles are thin, the sensation is generally mild and not painful.
In fact, nearly all patients experience a significant level of relaxation and may even fall asleep
during their treatment.
Many people feel a heightened sense of well being and comfort after acupuncture.
Each treatment builds on the next allowing for lasting relief.
At Firefly we offer our herbal medicinals in various applications: encapsulated herbal remedies, medicinal teas, herbal patches, liniments and now trans dermal Tibetan herbal foot soak treatments.
With any herbal remedy it is important to keep to a consistent schedule and treatment plan. Generally, one treatment won’t fix the problem, the more chronic and severe the issue the more important the schedule. Our Firefly Wellness team is here to recommend and guide you along your suggested treatment plan. Typically, regular foot baths in conjunction with a routine that includes supplementary herbals, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and exercise work best.
Chinese herbal therapy is the delicate blending of medicinal herbs which is rooted in a long standing holistic tradition of medicine dating back thousands of years. The same emphasis and care given to acupuncture point combination applies to the careful blending and prescribing of herbal remedies. Unlike allopathic medicine traditional Chinese herbal medicine does not separate a disease from a person and focus only on a particular pathology rather than health, the goal is to comfortably balance and restore the natural regulating systems of the body.
The Chinese pharmacopoeia lists over 6,000 different medicinal substances detailing their properties and the dysfunctions they effectively treat. There are approximately 600 different Chinese medicinal herbs commonly used in practice today.
A unique characteristic of Chinese herbal medicine is the degree to which the remedy is created. We blend herbals into carefully crafted formulations, these may contain anywhere from three to thirty medicinals with varying amounts, which work to both enhance and carefully balance the actions of each ingredient in the formula. These balanced formulations create a synergistic effect that reflects the holistic nature of the pattern diagnosis. Each formula is monitored and can modified by the practitioner to suit the subtle nuances of the condition and constitution of the patient, making each formulation and treatment plan highly individualized and effective.
Although the human body was designed to handle a relatively large amount of toxins,
our modern environment is contaminated to the point that most people need
assistance to regain and maintain optimum health. Whether you are in good health
or if you are currently suffering from chronic problems or an unknown illness
regular foot detox sessions can improve your overall health and wellness.
How the Ionic Soak Works
The health benefits of negative ions are well known, and their unique properties are
what make an Ionic foot bath detox so effective. When water is ionized and split into
H+ and OH- ions (and sometimes into H3O+ and H2O2 ions), these ions are able to
enter the body through the more than 4,000 large pores of the feet. A detox foot bath
offers a way to utilize this opportunity to revitalize and cleanse yourself with all-natural
mechanisms. The circulatory and lymphatic systems transport the ions throughout the body. The ions from the foot bath neutralize oppositely charged toxins in the cells that are normally slow to exit the body. In this way, all the body's organs can become energized and stimulated to function optimally. The body then rids itself of these toxins through its normal processes of urination, defecation and sweating.
All our herbs in our Enlighten Tea and Herbal Foot Soak treatments
are sourced directly from small farms in Tibet and China. We are proud and excited to be part of a new and growing movement, benefiting small farmers, to bring the best high quality herbs directly to our Acupuncture clinic - and to you!
By using these treatments to improve your life, you are also helping to improve the lives of the farmers and children of an orphanage in the growing region.
The herbals in our foot soak formulations act synergistically to act directly on blood vessels of the feet, which immediately circulate throughout the entire body, advancing blood circulation, dredging meridians, reconciling Qi and blood, expelling toxins, removing blood stasis, and freeing the flow in the entire body.
Tibetan herbal foot soaks are helpful for relieving pain anywhere in the body, including joint pain, neuropathy, headaches,chronic and acute inflammation and connective tissue issues, insomnia, fibromyalgia, painful/irregular menstruation, fertility and other women's issues, stress, anxiety, depression and more!
Enlighten Tea helps you feel better.
Plain and simple.
For over 900 years this formula has been used to help relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Modern research has been supporting what traditional doctors have known for years. Research has shown that this powerful herbal combination helps your mood by relieving the source of stress.
Enlighten medicinal tea regulates the stress chemical cortisol in the body. It does this by helping the liver to breakdown excessive levels cortisol from the nervous system.
A little stress is a good thing, but too much causes problems like anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Keep Calm Through The Stresses Of Life
Do you have days where stress from work piles up and it starts to turn into anxiety?
That stress makes it hard to sleep, connect with loved ones and really feel truly yourself. It’s time to return to your authentic relaxed self. That’s where Enlighten Tea can help. Its designed specifically to help you return to feeling like you again.
Sleep Well, Wake Up Refreshed
Drink a cup, feel good. Drink the tea over a week + and most people start to have more regulated sleep. When you sleep well, you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of life.
Packed Full of phytonutrients and antioxidants, no caffeine or added sugar
A lot of products calm anxiety now, but don't get to the root.
Enlighten Tea gets to the heart of Anxiety.
Soothe Stress and Feel Better
An Ionic foot soak is a simple and painless process of using water and negatively charged ions to energize and support the body in efficiently performing its functions of cleansing and healing. The Ionic foot bath offers a comfortable, relaxing way to rid the body of
toxins with little or no stress.
Why is it important to Detoxify?
The Human body has a unique capability of healing itself. When functioning properly, it can kill invading viruses and bacteria, destroy cancer cells and prevent virtually all disease.
The problem faced today is more people are suffering from a wide range of illness. The world's
population is being exposed to an ever-increasing array and quantity of toxins. Among these are
chemicals, heavy metals, food additives, personal hygiene products, anesthetics and drugs — from caffeine to prescription and recreational drugs.
When our body is exposed to toxins, our cells and tissues utilize them, excrete them or store them in various tissues and cells of the body. Stored toxins can damage the cells, tissues and organs they inhabit and alter their function, lower metabolism, cause enzyme dysfunction, create nutritional deficiencies, cause hormone imbalances, decrease energy production and ultimately lower the body's ability to resist disease.
The Ionic foot bath cleanses, detoxifies and restores the body by eliminating chemicals and re-establishing the bio-energetic fields of your body.
Commonly treated issues:
Body and joint pain, arthritis, chronic fatigue, foggy brain, headaches, poor concentration, sleeplessness,
poor circulation, heavy metal toxicity, allergies, skin issues like eczema and psoriasis, and also helps to
inactivate viruses, bacteria, yeast and fungi including parasites, candida and other fungal issues,
hormonal imbalance, weak immune system, Helps relieve pain and tension in the body, plus improves
sleep quality and Cellular Acidosis (Ph is too high).
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Through dozens of research studies, science has been correlating the Chinese medical diagnosis pattern of liver Qi stagnation with excess cortisol. Many of these studies have shown this medicinal herbal blend lowers high cortisol to healthy levels.
Cortisol is the stress chemical. When cortisol rises to unhealthy levels, the good brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin go down. This makes a person moody, anxious, depressed, and sleepless. Cortisol can also contribute to body fat retention and fatigue.
Below is a list of some of the biomedical effects our Enlighten Tea can have on the body as it works to encourage a healthy balance of body systems for improved and sustained health and wellness.
Increase in melatonin: Melatonin is a pineal hormone that plays a central part in regulating bodily rhythms. The melatonin signal forms part of the system that regulates the sleep–wake cycle which is considered to be related to jet lag. Enlighten Tea can bring the serum melatonin level back to normal.
Regulating effects on nitric oxide (NO)/cGMP pathway: NO/cGMP pathway plays a critical role in corticostriatal long-term depression. Paeoniflorin (an active ingredient) can inhibit NO/cGMP pathway to reduce depressive-like behavior.
Effects on dopamine: Dopamine is a catecholamine neurotransmitter with roles in pain perception and natural analgesia. There is also strong evidence for a role of dopamine in restless leg syndrome, which is a condition found frequently in patients with fibromyalgia. Firefly's Enlighten Tea can significantly increase the dopamine (DA) level and decrease the DOPAC level, with a marked elevation of A/DOPAC ratio in the striatuin.
Balancing effects on cortisol: Changed patterns of serum cortisol levels have been observed in connection with abnormal ACTH levels, clinical depression, psychological stress, and physiological stressors. Enlighten Tea can reduce serum cortisol. The mechanism is that our tea regulates cortisol released via hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA or HTPA axis).
Positive effects on Noradrenaline (NA): Most people with fibromyalgia have low NA levels. Enlighten Tea can significantly elevate the level of NA and decrease the level of 3, 4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) in rat hypothalamtis.ext.