Treatments and Services
"Qi" (pronounced CHEE) -- a life energy -- flows through the body in energy streams known as meridians, which are related to hundreds of points on the skin, also known as acupoints. Pain or illness can result when blockages occur in the meridians and the flow of qi is inhibited.
Through the strategic placement of ultra-thin, sterile needles (as thin as a strand of hair) in acupoints that correspond to the patient's specific condition, the goal of acupuncture is to renew the healthy flow of qi and to restore the body to balance.
No need to be an Olympic athlete or celebrity to experience the benefits of this ancient healing treatment that can be administered as a stand-alone therapy or as part of a comprehensive treatment.
Cupping uses cups made of glass, silicone, or ceramic to perform an inverse massage pulling up underlying stagnation or tension in the body. Through the use of heat or a mechanical pump, a vacuum is formed with the cups over soft tissue, and the suction creates negative pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upwards to release tension and strain. It is also especially effective as the first line of defense in treating and speeding up recovery from a cold or flu.
Gua sha is a traditional Chinese therapy that uses a special, smooth tool (even a smooth-edged bottle cap or Chinese soup spoon, as pictured above, will work!) to scrape the skin (gua) to induce petechiae, or red dots, to appear (sha). Gua sha is used to treat many acute and chronic health problems including colds and flu, fever, headache, indigestion, dizziness, injury, joint pain, or fibromyalgia. It is most commonly utilized to relax tight and aching muscles and to relieve fatigue.
The scraping of the skin helps to promote circulation; the sha that results is a positive response that the pathogen or stagnant qi and/or blood is coming to the surface, and will be released through the pores of the skin.
Facial rejuvenation, also known as cosmetic acupuncture, is a safe, effective, natural approach to reducing the signs of aging. Poor diet, digestion and circulation problems, and emotional or environmental stress can all contribute to the premature aging of skin.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a virtually painless and non-surgical alternative to Botox and other more invasive cosmetic procedures. Acupuncture can help boost collagen production, improve muscle tone and increase the elasticity of the skin. Through a succession of treatments, along with proper lifestyle and diet, patients can enjoy maximum benefits of looking and feeling younger, and putting their best face forward!
Herbal therapy on its own can be extremely beneficial in supporting the treatment and recovery of various ailments. Yet, when it is combined with acupuncture and/or other modalities, patients are likely to experience more positive treatment outcomes and expedited recovery periods. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has utilized the powerful benefits of herbs for millennia. There are thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products that are used in herbal therapy. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders. Additionally, many foods -- likely already in your pantry -- have medicinal properties and often your acupuncturist may recommend incorporating into your diet certain foods as medicine.
Moxibustion, also known as moxa, is the use of deep penetrating heat from the herb mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris). The mugwort is burned to provide a therapeutic effect that promotes circulation, alleviates pain, warms the body, restores the smooth flow of qi and blood, and generally helps to boost and improve overall immunity. There are various types and applications of moxa, and your practitioner will determine the best approach, based on your constitution and condition. Most patients report a very calming and relaxing effect upon receiving a treatment using moxa.