Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that has been used for over 2,000 years. It involves the insertion of very fine hair thin, sterilized, disposable needles into acupuncture points on the body. In Chinese Medicine the body contains meridians or pathways that contain Qi, Qi is a vital life force that flows through our bodies. When our Qi is balanced and flowing smoothly we are in good health. It is when our Qi gets stuck or we become deficient in Qi that we may start to see certain health issues manifest such as pain and or physical and emotional disharmonies. When this imbalance occurs the acupuncture needles then activate particular acupuncture points based on an individuals unique needs to bring the Qi back to health and harmony, allowing the body to heal itself. Acupuncture is also used as a wonderful preventative medicine, if your feeling great already acupuncture can be used to keep your body healthy and strong.
Conditions Commonly Treated by Acupuncture:
- BACK PAIN and NECK PAIN
- JOINT PAIN
- Musculoskeletal Pain (acute and chronic)
- Common Cold
- Gastrointestinal Conditions
- Menstrual Condition
- Respiratory Conditions
- Emotional Conditions
- Genitourinary disorders (urinary tract infection)
- Dermatological Conditions (Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis)
Cupping or Fire Cupping is an ancient method of healing used for thousands of years in ancient China and around the world. Cupping is used to release any excess or stuck energy in the body that could be causing a disharmony. Cupping can be used to treat a variety of health conditions ranging from the common cold to musculoskeletal pain.
Gua Sha is very similar to Cupping in its effects and is also an ancient healing technique. Gua Sha consists of the practitioner using a special gua sha tool or spoon to rub the skin in order to release any excess or stagnation in the body that could be causing pain or disharmony.
Moxabustion or ‘Moxa’
Moxa is one of the oldest healing technique used in Chinese Medicine dating back thousands of years. Moxa is the Chinese Herb Ai Ye commonly known as Mugwort. Moxa is commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments and is a form of fire heat that when placed over acupuncture points creates a stimulating healing effect. The heat is created by burning the mugwort leaves and applying it directly or indirectly over the body. People commonly report moxabustion to be very soothing and relaxing.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a vast and incredible healing modality used in Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used for over 2,000 years. Chinese Herbal Medicine consists of hundreds of herbs that are used alone or strategically put together into Individual herbal medicine formulas that are created to address many different health conditions. Chinese herbs are safe and very effective when prescribed by a licensed Acupuncturist/Herbalist and can greatly enhance your healing when used alone or in addition to acupuncture treatments.
Shiatsu Bodywork or Manual Therapy
Shiatsu is a unique form of bodywork that provides the satisfaction of touch along with a profound energy-balancing experience. It is based on thousands of years of Eastern philosophy and methods of healing. Shiatsu directly treats the meridian pathways within the body that channel qi, blood, and essence. We experience this energy in the form of movement, communication, respiration, digestion, thoughts, feelings and spirituality. Any blockage or stagnation of energy within the meridians can result in physical, psychological and emotional disease. Shiatsu helps you balance your energy on all levels, while experiencing a profoundly relaxing and clinically therapeutic musculoskeletal treatment. Shiatsu technique is used depending on the musculoskeletal conditions and can be used in combination with the above treatments.