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ACUPUNCTURE MODALITIES

Acupuncture is one of the oldest continuous systems of medicine in history, with recorded instances dating as far back as 2,000 years.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we recognize that a balance of Qi (vital energy) is essential to health and harmony in the body.  When the Qi is blocked or stagnated in any way, the body’s lines of communication (meridians) are weakened and disease or pain results.  With the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body, acupuncture removes blockages or stagnation so that the flow of energy is restored and the body can heal itself.  Acupuncture is an effective strategy to treat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions.

 

In addition to acupuncture, I also provide consultation and treatment with the use of Chinese herbs. Other therapeutic modalities include cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, tui na massage, and auricular (ear) acupuncture.

 

Glass Cupping

A method of applying heated glass cups to the skin surface to create a vacuum allowing for detoxification as well as releasing the muscle layer.  It is an effective treatment for respiratory diseases such as the common cold/flu, bronchitis and asthma as well as treating musculoskeletal aches and pain.

Moxabustion

A treatment that involves burning of moxa, Artemesia Vulgaris (Mogwort) herb, to facilitate healing by stimulating the flow of Qi, strengthening the blood, alleviating pain and maintaining overall health. Moxabustion is especially effective in treatment of both acute and chronic disease, cold or deficient conditions, skin disorders and digestive discomfort.

Gua Sha

The method of applying Gua Sha involves “scraping” the surface of the skin to elicit toxins or pathogens to treating pain, colds and flu symptoms.  Gua Sha treatments are not painful.  Areas of petechia may surface, depending on the severity of the stagnation of qi and blood.

 

Herbal  Remedy

Chinese herbal medicines are made from fresh herbs that are dried, distilled into a powder and made into a tea or  formed into “teapills”.