Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of hair-fine, sterile needles into the skin, located on specific acu-points on the body. The stimulation of these points helps restore internal balance, allows for the body to heal itself, relieves pain, and promotes health. Included in regular acupuncture is auricular acupuncture, which stimulates acu-points on the ear.
Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Allergies, common cold
- Addictions, detox for chemical dependency
- Depression, stress, anxiety
- Fatigue, insomnia
- Neck pain, back pain, shoulder, hip or knee pain
- Headaches, migraines
- Digestive issues
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Women’s health issues (menopause, infertility, PMS)
- Skin disorders
Cupping is a form of inversion therapy that involves placing cups (plastic or glass) on the skin to create a suction that gently pulls skin, tissue, and muscle upward. This allows for increased blood and lymph flow aiding circulation, which helps relieve pain, relax tense muscles, and detoxify the body.
Cupping can treat:
- Stress, pain, muscle aches or soreness, allergies, colds and flu, fatigue, anxiety
Moxa, or moxibustion, is a therapeutic technique that involves burning the dried leaves of the Chinese herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) at or close to specific acu-points on the body. The treatment method may be using a moxa stick, moxa cones, or moxa with acupuncture needles. Moxa warms and invigorates the body and alleviates pain and discomfort.
Moxa can treat:
- Pain due to injury or arthritis, especially in “cold” patterns where the pain naturally feels better with the application of heat
- Digestive problems and irregular elimination
- Gynecological conditions
- Protection against cold and flu strains
Gua Sha is a healing technique that uses a smooth-edged instrument (usually made of stone or plastic) to gently scrape the skin surface in a unilateral direction, using smooth strokes. It is typically applied to the area of pain or soreness, usually located on the back area. The process breaks up localized stagnation, promotes circulation in the tissues, fosters healing, and reduces pain.
Gua Sha can treat:
- Pain, sprains, strains, muscle spasms, asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, fever, heatstroke, fibromyalgia
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine, like acupuncture, dates back thousands of years in its inception. Today, herbal formulas can be prescribed and used to aid in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions. Formed using natural ingredients, herbal formulas are safe and effective when properly prescribed and administered, as with any supplement. As with acupuncture treatments, herbal formulas are specific to each individual’s pattern of symptoms and diagnosis. Whether used separately or together with acupuncture, the holistic practice of Chinese medicine is reinforced and optimal health benefits are achieved.
Chinese Nutritional Therapy
The importance of diet and nutrition in overall health is an essential part of Chinese medicine. Foods are medicine, and can help treat ailments and heal the body of imbalances. Although it is varied and complex, there are aspects of Chinese nutrition that are easy to grasp and can be implemented into everyday life. These include adapting one’s diet seasonally, recognizing the properties of various foods (temperatures, colors, flavors) and their relationship to the body’s organ network, practical cooking methods, as well as dietary recommendations and foods to avoid based on the individual.
I am also available for house calls when not in the clinic space. Available services include acupuncture, cupping, moxa, gua sha, and herbal medicine. Upon requesting an appointment for a house call, an introductory phone call is required to become acquainted prior to the appointment date.