Acupuncture is an ancient medical art that originated in China over 2,500 years ago. The practice of acupuncture is based on the theory that there are pathways, or meridians, that flow throughout the body. Within these meridians flows a substance called Qi (chee). According to Chinese Medical theory, Qi is a vital energy force that is essential to all life. When Qi becomes unbalanced within a meridian, pain and disease may result. Acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles into specific points along these pathways in order to maintain the proper flow of Qi. This creates balance in the body, promoting good health and well-being.
Herbal therapy is often a very important aspect of Chinese medical treatment. We offer herbs in either pill form or granules. Pills are the most convenient, but granular herbs have a stronger, more rapid effect. An added benefit of granules is that they can be customized for each individual patient.
All of our herbs come from only the most reputable companies. We use the highest quality herbs, most of which are manufactured in The People’s Republic of China in compliance with the United States FDA GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) guidelines. This certification ensures that the herbs are properly processed in a safe, sterile environment.
For patients who are extremely sensitive, acupressure is a wonderful alternative to using needles. Acupressure is simply a process of using manual massage and gentle pressure at acupuncture points.
Electrical Stimulation (E-Stim)
This technique involves transmitting a mild electrical current between acupuncture needles once they are inserted into the skin. It is especially useful in the treatment of both pain and neuralgia. It has also been shown to be useful in treating post-chemotherapy nausea and vomiting.
E-stim can also be used without the needles for patients who are needle-sensitive. This is also what we call the “tickle machine” that we use on children. For these patients, cotton-tipped attachments are used to transmit the mild electrical current to the acupuncture points without piercing the skin.
Cupping is an ancient technique that has been used in many different cultures over the centuries. It involves using a flame to create a vacuum inside of a glass cup, and the cup is then applied to the skin. The suction created helps release the muscles to relieve pain, and also draws toxins out of the tissues.
We also use a technique called “flash cupping” which is very effective at relieving early-stage colds and flu.
Moxibustion involves burning an herb called mugwort, or Artemesia vulgaris. There are two types of moxa, direct and indirect. With direct moxa, little cones of the herb are burned directly on top of an acupuncture point, and removed before the ember reaches the skin so there is no burning of the skin. With indirect moxa, a rolled stick of moxa is lit and waved over broad areas of the body in order to warm the area and increase circulation.
Ear treatments, also known as auricular acupuncture, involve the insertion of 5 needles into the outer part of each ear. These treatments are extremely effective for treating stress, anxiety, insomnia, and addiction. Ear acupuncture can be very helpful for those who are suffering from any addiction, including smoking, alcoholism, overeating, and more.
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