Acupuncture has been a valuable method of addressing medical issues for thousands of years. By inserting tiny, sterile needles into specific points on the body, we can initiate the body’s own ability to heal, control pain, and address symptoms. Because each patient is unique, we develop a plan of individually selected points for each individual patient that will address both current symptoms and the underlying cause to achieve optimal health.
Each tiny needle is about the width of a human hair, and is sterile and single-use only. Patients may feel a slight sensation when the needle is inserted, and many often feel nothing at all. Most report a sense of deep relaxation during the treatment.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Chinese herbal medicine is a sophisticated form of natural medicine. The goal of Chinese herbal medicine is to address symptoms, while also treating the underlying cause. Often, herbal formulas are prescribed in conjunction with acupuncture treatments to achieve optimal health. These natural formulas can address a variety of issues such as digestive health, sleep pattern regulation, allergies, gynecological and fertility health, stress/anxiety, and much more. Herbal formulas can be prescribed as a primary method to address illness and disease, or as a method of addressing the negative side effects of prescribed pharmaceutical medications.
Cupping is a technique in which small glass cups are applied to the surface of the skin. Using a small pump, suction is applied to pull the muscle upward. Patients often feel that it is like a “reverse massage” that loosens the muscle, provides pain relief, and increases mobility in the joints. It can be useful in recovering from respiratory illness and to help regulate digestion. Cupping does leave painless circular marks on the skin which can appear red or slightly purple. These marks typically disappear within a few days and are harmless.
Gua Sha is a technique that involves the use of a blunt tool to stimulate an area of the body using a directional stroking method. It is commonly used to address pain and limitations in mobility, but also has the function of assisting with immune system concerns and addressing respiratory issues. It is effective in improving blood circulation to areas of the body, breaking up scar tissue, and releasing connective tissue adhesions that can prevent muscles and joints from proper functioning.