Restore your mind and body to balance with stimulation of acupoints on the body
including migraine, chronic low back and post-operative dental pain and more
treating post-operative, chemotherapy- and pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting
safely alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, PMS and depression
including osteoarthritic knee pain, neck pain, and temporomandibular disorders (TMD)
Acupuncturists have a variety of techniques for stimulating points on the body, the use of sterile needles being the most commonly known and referred to as “acupuncture” in the West. Our tools include: Disposable filiform needles (with or without the use of electrical stimulation), glass cups, gua sha, moxibustion, and ear seeds (see: “Adjunctive Therapies” for more on these needle-free options). Acupuncture is extremely safe; it is an all-natural, drug-free approach to physical and emotional wellbeing.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue
- Common Cold
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Menstrual Irregularities
- Smoking Cessation
- Sore Throat
- Tennis Elbow
- Tooth Pain
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Urinary Tract Infection
Acupuncture points are connected by electrodes, through which a gentle electrical current stimulates the energy between these points.
This modality is particularly helpful in treating pain, spasm, and neurological conditions.
Cupping therapy has been used for thousands of years to increase local blood circulation and instigate healing over symptomatic areas. The cups are suctioned to the skin by vacuum, and either left stationary or moved over musculature when combined with topical oil to create a soothing massage effect.
Cupping is excellent for treating chronic neck/shoulder pain and tension.
Gua sha applies the same technique, but instead of using cups, a round-edged either spoon or flat gua sha tool fashioned of horn or jade is used. An acupuncturist will use the tool to rub or scrape the skin with either alcohol or ointment to increase microcirculation of the affected area.
Gua sha technique can be fantastic for bringing relief to morning stiff neck and pain.
Moxibustion therapy is the burning of moxa, or mugwort, over acupoints or affected areas to expel cold and damp, as well as increase blood circulation. Moxa can be applied directly the skin, indirectly held over the skin, or placed on the head of an inserted needle to gently direct warmth into an acupoint.
Moxa therapy is indispensable for those with cold-type conditions, such as chronic fatigue, low back weakness, indigestion with loose stool, cold feet etc.
Ear seeds combine the best of all worlds– being a take-home medicine patients can stimulate safely on their own, a needle-free therapy, and an auricular-based treatment. In Chinese medicine, the ear is treated as a complete map of the whole body. Practitioners can stimulate everything from particular hormones, such as TSH or estrogen, to the nerves associated with a particular area within the lumbar vertebrae.
This modality is essential for conditions requiring more consistent treatment, such as anxiety, chronic/acute pain, or insomnia.
What to Expect
New patients go through a full history and evaluation, addressing:
- physical history
- emotional concerns
- lifestyle choices
- coordinating care
Diagnostics taken may include pulse, tongue, blood pressure, and body temperature.
Treatments are private, conducted one-on-one with patients fully clothed, or draped if partial disrobing is necessary.
Therapies that may be included:
- Estim (electroacupuncture)
- Gua sha
- Trigger point release
- Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
- Chinese herbal consultation
All patients will receive a basic treatment plan, including (1) a suggested course of acupuncture treatment; (2) if applicable, Chinese herbal teapill/capsule recommendation(s); and (3) suggested referral(s).
Additionally, new patients may opt to receive a comprehensive treatment plan on their second visit, outlining further objectives for:
- Spiritual growth
- Emotional support
- Lifestyle choices
- Dietary goals
- Climate/exposure management