AcupunctureAcupuncture is the most well known modality in the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine. Having been used all over the eastern part of the world in one form or another for thousands of years, Chinese medicine has been the primary form of health care for roughly a fifth of the world’s population for much of human history.

The body orchestrates its many functions using a network of information pathways called meridians that connect all organs, muscles and cells of the body. Acupuncturists use fine needles to redirect flow within these meridians with a focus on correcting underlying imbalance thus supporting a natural state of health.

Acupuncture is useful in the treatment of pain partly due to powerful endorphins (natural painkillers secreted by the body) that are released, relaxing muscle spasms and soothing inflammation.

Acupuncture has also showed much success in the treatment of anxiety and stress conditions such as panic attacks, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and lowered immune function. Acupuncture regulates the sympathetic nervous system allowing the release of neurotransmitters and hormones, producing a profound sense of calm and contentment that continues beyond the treatment room.

Moxibustion (moxa) is the method of applying heat to specific locations on the body. The herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is heated on the skin or acupuncture needle. The qualities of the herb penetrate the skin and muscles and are transferred through the meridians.

Cupping is a procedure that is performed by creating a vacuum in a cup and applying it to the skin to create suction. Cupping has the function of warming and promoting the free flow of Qi and Blood in the meridians and is used in the treatment of pain and to assist in detoxification.

Gua Sha is a common technique practiced in homes as well as clinics and hospitals throughout Asian countries. A round edged instrument is stroked along the skin removing congestion and promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. It is used often to treat pain, upper respiratory disorders and chronic disorders related to toxicity. It is also called “coining” as it was traditionally performed with a coin.

Ion Pumping Cords are a polarized treatment device designed to use the body’s own electrical current. When attached to magnets or needles on acupuncture points they influence the movement of ions and electromagnetic flow throughout the body. They are used often in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and pain.