Acupuncture

Regulates the flow of energy through the vessels and organs, opens pathways, and strengthens the body’s defenses.

Acupuncture promotes the body’s ability to heal naturally. Aligning the physical with the mind and spirit and restoring balance to the body. Acupuncture is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a complete medical system dating back 3000 years.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.

Acupuncture is the placement of ultra-thin needles into the skin and underlying soft tissues at specific points on the body. Accessing and treating acu-points promotes the body’s ability to heal naturally. It can restore balance to body systems, bolster immunity, support physical and emotional health and improve overall function and well-being. Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.

Conditions That Acupuncture Can Treat

  • Anxiety/Stress — Quiet the nervous system, cultivate/nurture a calm mind, and balance emotions.
  • Digestive Irregularities — Re-establish regular bowel patterns, relieve bloating, gas, and pain.
  • Headache/Migraine — Eliminate and/or reduce the frequency, intensity, and severity of pain.
  • Pain (acute/chronic) — Improve blood flow and alleviate pain associated with acute and chronic painful conditions, injuries and or post-op recovery.
  • Sleep disturbances — Reset the normal sleep-wake cycle and recover energy.
  • Nausea — Restore the proper flow of the digestive system and eliminate symptoms of nausea, appetite disturbance, and vomiting.
  • Proactive and supportive health care — Treat and inhibit current symptoms from worsening and prevent new symptoms from developing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture is the placement of ultra-thin needles into acupuncture points. Acupuncture points are specific locations on the body’s surface where high concentrations of vessels and nerves enter the surrounding soft tissues. Inserting an acupuncture needle in to an acupuncture point has positive effects on the central and peripheral nervous systems. This action promotes homeostasis and encourages the body to heal itself.

How is an acupuncture needle different from the needle that I get a shot from?

Acupuncture needles are approximately 10 times smaller than a hypodermic needle. They are solid, ultra-thin, and very flexible. Hypodermic needles are hollow and fairly thick. They are designed this way to administer injections and draw blood from the body.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Receiving acupuncture is a pain free experience. However, there are sensations associated with receiving acupuncture. Sensations reported can vary from, a mosquito bite, to nothing at all.

What if I want to try acupuncture but I'm scared of needles?

There are non-needle forms of treatment such as acupressure, cupping, guasha, tuina, and, moxibustion.

What is Qi?

There are two main aspects of Qi (pronounced chee). Qi is thought of as matter without form and also a term for the functional active aspects of the body. There are many different types of Qi in the body. For example, organ Qi, channel Qi, protective Qi, ancestral Qi to name a few. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi.

If I’m not sick why would I bother getting acupuncture?

Being healthy goes beyond the symptoms of acute and chronic illness. Acknowledging our health before it is compromised will help put you on the path toward optimal health and vitality.

How do I use acupuncture?

Acupuncture is commonly used for the treatment of pain, discomfort, or other distressing symptoms. Your care may consist of frequent visits during the initial weeks or months of treatment to reduce your symptoms. Your condition, age, lifestyle, and the vitality of your Qi are all factors in determining your treatment frequency. Each visit builds on the previous visit while working towards achieving your health goals. Once your signs and symptoms are reduced, preventative maintenance visits will preserve all the progress you have made. These visits may be monthly, every other month, or seasonally. Acupuncture checkups can help identify, rebalance and correct minor problems before they become major concerns. Wellness care is the root of healing.

How can I tell if acupuncture is working for me?

At times acupuncture can produces miraculous results, these are generally the exception not the rule. Acupuncture works cumulatively, like strength training or learning a new language. While your symptoms may not abate in the first few treatments there are indicators you can look for to know when acupuncture is working for you.

  • less stress
  • better sleep
  • more energy
  • better digestion
  • general sense of improved well-being

Taking note of these positive changes means that acupuncture is doing its job.

Cupping

Increases blood circulation, loosens tight muscles, reduces aches and pains, promotes relaxation.

Cupping therapy treats the muscles and connective tissues of the body. Depending on the needed treatment the cups may be left stationary for a period of time or they may be moved about the surface of the body.

The marks from cupping therapy are not bruises!

It’s a common misconception that the marks left by cupping are bruises. A bruise occurs when capillaries are damaged by trauma causing subcutaneous bleeding that pools into the surrounding tissues leading to visible discoloration and pain. Cupping draws stagnant blood and other fluids that are no longer in healthy circulation up to the skin level so that proper circulation can be restored to the affected area. The discoloration of the cup marks can vary in color from light pink to crimson, and in severe cases purple or black. These marks are painless and usually last for a short time, but in serious or chronic cases they may last up to a week or more. Less discoloration will appear over time with continued treatment.

Guasha

DECREASES TIGHTNESS AND PAIN OF STIFF AND/OR KNOTTED MUSCLES. REDUCES INFLAMMATION AND LESSENS SCAR TISSUE.

Guasha (pronounced GWA-SAH) is a soft tissue practice using a specific guasha tool, made from ceramic, jade, and/or various types of metal. By applying unidirectional press-stroking across the skin surface guasha produces temporary but intentional redness (aka “Sha”, i.e. “therapeutic bruise”). Sha marks may appear unsightly; they are painless and are achieved in a safe, non-invasive way. Guasha improves blood circulation and range of motion, boosts the immune system, deceases pain and stiffness of knotted muscles while treating acute and chronic conditions.

Tuina

ALSO KNOWN AS CHINESE THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE, TUINA IS A HANDS-ON BODY TREATMENT UNITING THERAPEUTIC TOUCH WITH STRETCHES, ACUPRESSURE, AND JOINT ROTATIONS.

Tuina (pronounced TWEE-NA). Tui means “to push” and na means “to lift and squeeze”. Tuina is a hands-on body treatment blending therapeutic touch with stretches, acupressure points, and joint rotations to relieve muscular tension, reduce stress, and balance the body’s vital energy. Tuina may be used in conjunction with other treatments including acupuncture, cupping, and guasha.