Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, sterile needles into the body at specific locations (acupoints). With very little to no discomfort, it stimulates the body's natural healing mechanism by activating the Central Nervous System, which then activates the Endocrine System causing a release of hormones (Serotonin, Dopamine, Endorphins, Oxytocin, etc.). These hormones increase the feeling of well being in order to reduce pain and discomfort. This is the reason acupuncture is scientifically proven to help reduce stress, anxiety, depression and pain.
Acupuncture treats both acute and chronic conditions and is suitable for all ages. With thousands of years of practice and the documentation of its safety and efficacy, it is now covered by many insurance policies.
Moxibustion is a kind of external treatment; it is based on the theory of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and it usually "bakes" acupoints with burning moxa wool.
Cupping is a therapy in which a glass or plastic cup is attached to the skin by creating a vacuum inside the cup. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. Cupping is also used for disorders ranging from arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, vomiting and diarrhea, to lung disorders such as coughing and asthma.
Chinese herbs are used for balancing, harmonizing and cleansing the body’s system. They can effectively treat a wide variety of health problems without significant side effects and can often be used in conjunction with western medications. We have a full herbal pharmacy including Traditional Chinese patent formulas, raw herbs and powder extracts for custom formulas based on the patient’s needs.
Gua Sha is a massage technique where a liniment or balm is applied to the skin and a tool is used to scrape the skin to improve the micro-circulation of the area to improve the blood flow. This can remove blockages (of the Qi and blood) to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Tui Na (Twee nah) is believed to be the oldest system of body work. It is a massage therapy using the fingers to stimulate the points instead of needles to promote circulation and blood flow. It is usually combined with acupuncture treatments.