Based on ancient Chinese medicine, and validated over several millennia of documented usage and rigorous modern testing, acupuncture uses fine needles to tonify and harmonize the body’s energetic system (Qi) which runs along pathways called meridians. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for many conditions ranging from digestive disorders and colds to arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Acupuncture is often used along with moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, gemstone medicine, and Chinese herbal medicine.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves burning dried mugwort (an herb long known for its healing properties) on or near the skin’s surface. Used for thousands of years, the heat stimulated by moxibustion strengthens blood flow and invigorates the body’s Qi. This treatment is often combined with acupuncture.
Often used in tandem with acupuncture, cupping is a technique that uses small glass bulbs to stimulate healing. Placed like suction cups along the meridians, cupping has a deep tissue effect. It is used to loosen muscles, increase blood flow, calm the nervous system, clear lung congestion, and much more.
A common practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine, gua sha is a technique that stimulates blood flow and promotes healing. In gua sha, a smooth-edged instrument is scraped in long or short strokes along the skin. Gua sha is used to treat many maladies, including chronic pain and inflammation.
Gemstone medicine uses the energy of gemstones and crystals to facilitate healing. Crystals and gemstones are placed alongside or on the patient in alignment with energetic meridians (Chinese medicine) or chakras (Hinduism/Buddhism).
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbs are often prescribed for our patients. Most herbal remedies are made from plants, occasionally minerals. All of our medicines are sourced from reputable manufacturers and are held to the most rigorous standards available.