Acupuncture is the art of inserting tiny sterile needles into specific points on the body to promote health. Being passed down over thousands of years, the original art has not only been preserved, but also greatly expanded. Acupuncture works through various mechanisms including direct stimulation of the body tissues and regulation of the nervous and endocrine system.
A part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Acupuncture is a time tested therapy well known to help people prevent and overcome illness, support physical and emotional well-being, promote recovery from injury, build energy and immunity. Acupuncture is a gentle and relatively painless therapy which supports the body to heal itself
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture has been recognized by the National Institute of Health and The World Health Organizations as an effective treatment for a wide variety of health conditions. These include:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (More than just Acupuncture)
Traditional Chinese Medicine offers patients a number of holistic therapies in addition to Acupuncture which can be used alone or in combination to increase treatment effectiveness. These include: Asian Bodywork (Tuina), Reflexology, Cupping, Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion, Microcurrent, and Gua Sha.
Cupping- This technique uses small cups (usually made of glass) to create local suction on the skin. The therapeutic action is to increase the flow of qi and blood in the local area. Often this therapy is used for tight, stiff, or sore muscles.
Microcurrent –A much more modern therapy. Very subtle energy current is supplied by attaching diodes to acupuncture needles during treatment. The current helps open blockages and move stagnation in the local area to promote healing.
Moxibustion or “Moxa” – is the warming of acupuncture points. This is done by burning the herb mugwort and can be administered in a variety of ways. It is thought to help tonify, strengthen the body and speed recovery from illness.
Herbal Medicine - Herbs have been used for thousands of years and are still being prescribed for their time tested therapeutic actions. A well trained practitioner uses the art of herbal formulation to tailor the medicine to the individual patient.
Asian Bodywork (Tuina) – This unique form of bodywork is based on the theory of acupuncture meridians. It utilizes pushing, grasping and a number of other hands-on techniques including assisted stretching. It is used for many conditions commonly treated by acupuncture and is especially effective for musculo-skeletal issues including tightness, spasms, and mis-alignment. Foot reflexology is also utilized for a variety of health concerns
Gua Sha - Another hands-on technique which is essentially deep pressure and pushing with a soft edged tool. Gua sha brings abundant new blood and qi to the local area promoting the healing and recovery process.