Acupuncture & Herb Clinic
Originating in China over 3,500 years ago, acupuncture has recently gained popularity in the US as people seek more options in their healthcare. The focus of an acupuncture treatment is to simply restore the balance of Qi (CHI) in the body. Any illness or disease can be defined as the imbalance of this energy or Qi. The insertion of hair-thin, sterile needles along specific points on the body helps to balance the flow of Qi and return the body to a healthy state. When the points are stimulated, the flow of Qi through pathways of energy (meridians) is facilitated, thereby initiating the body’s return to balance. Though many may seek treatment to help relieve imbalances such as pain, digestive upset, or infertility, the patient also receives the added benefit of a deeply relaxed state that is the uniqueness of acupuncture. Acupuncture treatments may include needle work in addition to chinese herbs, cupping, moxa, Qigong and meditation exercise, lifestyle and diet counseling.
The initial consultation includes the review of the health history as well as the first treatment. It will take 1hour and 30 min. Follow-up treatments will take 1 hour.
What Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture can be used to help a wide variety of conditions, as recognized by The World Health Organization (WHO). We specialize in treating the following conditions:
Pain management (headache, back and neck pain, shoulder tension, TMJ)
Stress relief (tightness, tension, SOB, palpitation)
Women’s issues (PMS, menstrual irregularities, menopause, fertility and pregnancy discomforts)
Digestive system problem (IBS, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, bloating, gas)
Cold and flu
Moxabustion, or “Moxa”, is the warming near acupuncture points of mugwort, a commonly used Chinese herb. It helps alleviate pain, improve immunity, decrease anxiety, and is very warming and nourishing for the body. It works in combination with acupuncture to assist the flow of qi, as well as the circulation of blood. In particular, Moxa can be used to warm and increase blood flow to the uterus, which can serve to help turn a breech fetus.
Cupping is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine. The cups are placed on the skin and held in place by suction. The suction feels similar to a deep tissue massage. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, fight common cold and allergies, improve circulation, relieve stress and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area. When the cups are released it can leave some marks or bruising but this is completely normal and part of the therapeutic effect. Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone.
Chinese herbs are natural remedies that enhance the effects of acupuncture. They have been used for 2,000 years. Historically the Chinese Materia Medica contained thousands of herbs, 300 of which are more commonly used today. Herbs are extremely safe to ingest. We offer formulas in pills, tinctures (liquid form) and powders (tea form).