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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture is the insertion and removal of filiform needles to stimulate acupoints (acupuncture points). In the past three decades electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and location of these points. Needles may be inserted, manipulated, and retained for a period of time. Acupuncture can be used to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, increase range of motion, decrease the side effects of medication induced nausea, promote relaxation in an anxious patient, and reduce muscle spasm. Overall, acupuncture activates and boosts the bodies own internal healing resources to help the body deal with almost any imbalance.

Auricular Acupuncture is based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem of the entire body represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. Ailments of the entire body are assumed to be treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively. Similar mappings are used in reflexology. Needles or vaccaria seeds are used to stimulate specific points on the ear. This form of therapy can treat not only musculoskeletal issues, but organ system dysfunctions as well as addictions, weight loss, and smoking cessation.

Cupping involves localized suction of the skin which increases blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps) on the skin. Skin may be lubricated, allowing the cup to move across the skin slowly which can be very therapeutic much like a deep tissue massage. In China, cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain. There are several instances where cupping should not be performed: patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; and patients who bleed easily. Pregnant women should not have cupping on their stomach or lower back.

Moxibustion involves the burning of a herb called mugwort. The mugwort is ground into a substance known as moxa, which is applied on or near the skin. This herbal heat therapy stimulates the flow of both blood and qi (energy) increasing circulation and it can be used to treat everything from digestive conditions to pregnancy difficulties.

Herbal Consultations include a traditional pulse and tongue reading plus going through your health history to determine an individualized appropriate formula or herb. Chinese Herbology is a sophisticated system of health care that utilizes plant materials to improve well being using the same diagnostic and treatment principles as acupuncture. Herbal formulas can address a wide variety of health conditions including colds/flu, abdominal pain, acid reflux, acne, addiction, allergies, anxiety, arthritis, chronic pain, constipation, cough, diabetes, fatigue, headaches, hot flashes, infertility, insomnia, night sweats, PMS, osteoporosis, UTI’s, poor memory, menstrual disorders, etc..

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