What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient treatment approach that brings about health and pain relief by stimulating and redirecting the body’s intrinsic energies. This can be accomplished through manual means (acupressure), needles (acupuncture), low level lasers (laser acupuncture), or with the help of electric stimulation (electroacupuncture). The location and duration of these therapies is determined by the practitioner based on what meridians, or body energy channels, are being affected by the person’s ailments.

Thousands of years of experimentation has resulted in a system of practice that can help treat or co-manage complaints ranging from infertility to headaches, asthma to gastrointestinal disorders, and immune conditions like colds/flu, cancer, HIV, and autoimmune disorders.

Herbal Therapy

​Herbs serve as nature’s own pharmacopoeia providing us with the ability to fight off illness and bring about richer health, vitality, and well-being. With hundreds of herbs and formulas to work with, Chinese herbal practitioners can help treat nearly every condition that affects man, no matter acute and chronic. These materia medica are used based on their properties as understood in classic medical theory as well as with the knowledge of modern medical research.

We often prescribe herbs for our patients suffering from eczema, headaches, dizziness, colds/flu’s, sore throat, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, muscle and joint aches and pains, soft-tissue injuries, broken bones, nasal congestion, allergies, PMS, and peri/menopause.

As herbalists, we use plant leaves, roots, rhizomes, berries, branches, and bark, among others. And when indicated and desired by the patient, occasionally minerals and animal products are used.

Famous examples of chinese herbs we use are ginseng, dong quai, and astragalus. In fact, our materia medica also includes commonly consumed foods like honey, watermelon, ginger, and mint!

Raw herbs can be prescribed singly; however, for better effect they are often combined in formulas as pills or as granules to be taken as a tea.

Thousands of years of experimentation has resulted in a system of practice that can help treat or co-manage complaints ranging from infertility to headaches, asthma to gastrointestinal disorders, and immune conditions like colds/flu, cancer, HIV, and autoimmune disorders.

Moxa, Cupping, Gua Sha

Moxa is a therapy that involves lighting a compacted form of the mugwort herb, known in chinese as ai ye, and using it to heat certain acupoints or meridians to bring about the desired therapeutic effect. Such effects include introducing warmth and energy in a deficient body, or breaking through blockages of energy or blood. 

Cupping utilizes glass, plastic, or bamboo cups to induce a mild vacuum effect on the skin and soft-tissues to draw blood and energy to a part of the body, dispel stagnation, and resolve pain. It is used to treat musculoskeletal conditions as well as internal complaints.

Used in chinese folk medicine as well as in the clinical setting, gua sha is a technique of skin scraping that induces a form of “sweating” in the skin and underlying tissues that helps resolve body aches due to colds/flus, trauma, and chronic muscle and joint pain. It can even be used to cool the body down in cases of childhood and adult fevers, an original use of gua sha. Gua means “scrape” while sha referes to the “redness” that often appears on the skin following treatment. It works by moving qi, energy, and blood, which is often stagnant in pain syndromes. 

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