One of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world is Acupuncture. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
Acupuncture addresses the cause of your underlying condition and improves the body’s natural self-healing process. Acupuncture involves placing very thin and sterile needles into specific points on the body to improve health. It helps by improving circulation, decreasing inflammation, relaxing muscles, relieving stress, and providing overall balance to the body systems. Below are just some of the many reasons people use acupuncture:
- Pain (acute or chronic)
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- Poor energy/fatigue
- Digestive issues
- Sports injuries
- PMS/Menopausal symptom relief
- Nausea or vomiting
- Common cold/flu
- Cancer care
- Urinary health
- Autoimmune disease
- Facial pain
- Dental pain
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Neck pain
- Postoperative pain
- Weight loss
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Improved immunity
- Pregnancy care
- Morning sickness
- Greater sense of overall health and well-being
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Chinese herbal medicine has been used for over 2,500 years using naturally occurring substances — including herbs — to enhance one’s health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities.
Since each patient has different needs, we carefully select and combine a variety of herbs that will synergistically blend together to achieve optimal results for your unique situation. We prescribe high-quality, professional-grade herbal medicines that are available only to qualified licensed professionals. The herbs may come in the form of a liquid tincture, capsules/pills, or a granular powder.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves sore muscles, aches and pains, improves circulation, reduces inflammation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. A specialized cup (usually made of glass, silicone, plastic, or bamboo) is placed onto specific areas of your body to create suction. It draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your energy. The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Electro-acupuncture or “e-stim” is a highly effective treatment for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture. Using the exact same system of Chinese Medicine, I insert very thin and sterile needles into specific points along the meridians of your body. I then attach the needles to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points. This helps restore the healthy flow of energy and blood through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.
Gua Sha is also known as skin scraping. Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique that has been used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years. It is used to increase circulation, release muscle tension, stiffness and congestion.
First, lotion or oil is applied to a certain area of your body. Then, a smooth-edged tool (such as a ceramic spoon) is used to apply short, brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called “sha”), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy blood and lymph flow to the area. There is no pain involved, and the sha will usually fade within a few days after treatment.
Moxibustion, or “moxa” is another form of healing that derived in ancient Northern China thousands of years ago. Moxibustion involves the burning of the herb mugwort to facilitate healing. The ancient Chinese found that the burning of this herb kept them warm in the winter and also discovered that it was able to ward off illness. The therapeutic effects of moxibustion include strengthening of the immune system, improving blood circulation, warming the body, and the ability to maintain general health.
There are two forms of moxibustion. They include direct and indirect moxibustion. With direct moxibustion, a small cone-shaped amount of mugwort is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned. The indirect form of moxibustion is where the practitioner lights an end of the moxa stick (cigar-shaped) and then holds it close to the acupuncture point until the area turns slightly red. With both forms of moxibustion, the patient experiences a pleasant, warming sensation, but should not experience any pain.
Infrared heat therapy lamps are typically used in conjunction with treatment to support the healing process.
Tui Na (“twee naw”) which translates to “grab and pull” is an ancient therapeutic method used in prevention and treatment of disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Various techniques, manipulations and movements are used to bring about change in the body. Tui Na is sometimes used after an acupuncture treatment and is generally not used for pleasure and relaxation, but rather as a treatment to address certain disharmonies in the body.