Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin, sterile, single-use needles through the skin at strategic points (acupuncture points) on your body. Points are selected based on a Chinese medical pattern diagnosis determined by the symptoms you are experiencing, the shape and color of your tongue and the quality of your pulse.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — that flows through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, obstructions in the meridian flow are removed and balance is restored to the body.
Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as areas that stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood circulation.
Acupuncture is most commonly used for pain but has many other applications. Such applications include: improvement in sleep and digestion, the treatment of gynecological conditions, infertility, addictions, stress relief and much more.
Cupping & Gua Sha:
Generally, cupping and ‘gua sha’ are combined with acupuncture in a treatment, but they may also be used separately. During a cupping treatment, glass cups are suctioned on to the muscle layer and this suction allows for an increase in blood circulation resulting in a reduction in tension/pain and aids the body in detoxification. Will the application of a lubricant oil, cups may also be slid along the musculature in order to span a larger area.
‘Gua Sha’ treatments involve scraping the muscle layer with a ceramic tool after a lubricant oil has been applied. When used in conjunction these treatments help to loosen muscles, encourage blood flow and sedate the nervous system (calm you down).
Both treatments are useful in treating back and neck pain/tension, migraines and fatigue. They also clear congestion from the common cold and may help to control asthmatic symptoms. These treatments will leave red or purple marks for about a week following the treatment. This is referred to as ‘sha’ and is an indication that the stagnation of blood in the area has been released. Cupping/’gua sha’ treatments may include both modalities or just one of the other depending on the condition. The marks should remain covered until they have healed.
Moxa is an herb also known as Artemisia vulgaris or mugwort. This herb is dried and rolled and used in a variety of methods to warm areas of the body and to promote blood circulation. This treatment will be added to acupuncture treatments when appropriate.
In this treatment, very small, stainless-steel, disposable acupuncture needles are inserted into points on the outer surfaces of the ears. After the needles have been placed, they will be left in for 20-30 minutes while you relax. The ear is a microsystem for the whole body so these treatments may be used to treat a variety of conditions. I also offer a treatment specifically for stress management and addictive tendencies using a protocol referred to as NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association).
Electro-acupuncture is the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the points. This treatment is especially useful for neurological diseases, chronic pain, spasms, and paralysis.
Chinese Herbal Medicine:
Chinese Herbal Medicine formulas prescribed contain a variety of herbs that work together to assist the body in the healing process. Formulas are prescribed in the form of small tea pills or powders. If you are interested in herbal medicine, this may be added on to full acupuncture treatments. Herbal prescriptions are an additional fee ranging from $15-30/week. It is always recommended to schedule follow-up appointments frequently to ensure that the formula you are currently taking is suited to your current condition. For acute conditions, herbal medicine is generally only taken for a few weeks and may be taken longer-term for more chronic conditions.
Yoni steaming is an ancient healing technique for the female reproductive system. This session involves relaxing over a pot of herbs that are cleansing, moving and calming. It’s great for all women for general health and well-being. It can also help to regulate cycles, reduce pain associated with menstruation, alleviate bacterial or viral infections, and for postpartum care. These sessions are 30-min in length.
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