CHINESE MEDICAL MODALITIES
Traditionally in Chinese medicine, other modalities are used in conjunction with acupuncture to more effectively address the patient's illness and specific needs. The following adjunctive therapies are used within a treatment session as needed.
There are over 350 acupuncture points on the body. Very fine needles are inserted under the skin to stimulate acupuncture points along the meridians. Each needle is single use, disposable, and sterile. For more information on acupuncture, please visit the FAQ page.
Moxibustion is a heating therapy. Chinese mugwort (Ai Ye) is burned above the surface of the skin, or on needles at selected acupuncture points. This is a very effective therapy for a variety of conditions including pain, digestive problems, and menstrual irregularities.
Cupping is a suction therapy that is great at treating musculoskeletal pain. Glass cups are placed on the skin. The suction creates an influx of circulation to the local area, which encourages the release of muscular tension and detox of tissues. Cupping is also used for respiratory ailments, allergies, and faster recovery of the common cold and flu as pathogens are released through the surface of the skin.
A porcelain spoon is vigorously rubbed on the surface of the skin to break up adhesions on the fascial layers of tissue. This treatment is great for many varieties of musculoskeletal pain.
Tiny probes are attached to needles on chosen acupuncture points. A micro-current is then transmitted to stimulate the contraction and release of the adjacent muscles. E-stim therapy is commonly used for rehabilitative conditions such as musculoskeletal injury, post-surgery, post-stroke, and paralysis.
Tuina is Chinese medical massage. This form of body work is often used with acupuncture to encourage the circulation of qi and blood, and release areas of stagnation, adhesions, and tension in the musculoskeletal structures of the body.
Chinese Herbs & Nutrition
Taking herbal formulas in conjunction with acupuncture is a very important part of Chinese medicine. Each solidifies the efficacy of the other. Taking herbal formulas extends the benefits of acupuncture between treatments, and is a great way to maintain your healing progress.
Food is a simple way to get your medicine. That’s right... we can use food as medicine to treat many medical conditions. Sometimes this may involve the addition or elimination of a certain kind of food or food group. I am a big advocate of using nutrition to correct imbalances, so I will help you make good food choices and develop healthy eating habits when necessary.