Acupuncture treatments involve the careful insertion of very fine needles into locations on the body known as acupuncture points. The human body has an unique system of specialized points that run along channels, also known as meridians. This system of channels feed energy to the organs of the body. When needles are placed on specific points along the channels, they affect the movement of Qi. The insertion of needles into specific points can alter biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
Research suggests that the needling process, and other modalities used in acupuncture, may produce their complex effects in a wide variety of ways in the brain and the body. For example, stimulated nerve fibers are believed to transmit signals to the spinal cord and brain, thus activating parts of the central nervous system. The spinal cord and brain then release certain hormones responsible for making us feel better overall and, more specifically, feel less pain. Acupuncture may regulate blood circulation and body temperature. It may also affect white blood cell activity (responsible for our immune function), reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and regulate blood sugar levels. In general, acupuncture appears to transmit its effects via electric, neurologic, hormonal, lymphatic, and electromagnetic wave pathways.
Initial Acupuncture/Acutonics - 90 min. $110
(Includes full health intake)
Follow-up Acupuncture/Acutonics - 60 min. $90
Focused follow-up, one area tune-up - 30 min. $48
Immune Booster - 30 min. $48
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What can acupuncture treat?
Though today we know this list to be more extensive, in 1979 the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following list of common conditions proven to respond to TCM Acupuncture:
Upper Respiratory Tract:
Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)
Disorders of the eye:
Myopia (in children)
Cataract (without complications)
Disorders of the mouth:
Toothache, post extraction pain
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Spasms of the esophagus and cardia
Acute and chronic gastritis
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Neurological and Musculo-skeletal Disorders:
Headache and migraine
Trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ)
Facial palsy (early stage, i.e. within six months)
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting)
“Frozen shoulder”, “Tennis elbow”
Today’s science shows Acupuncture can also be used effectively in:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy
Blood pressure problems
Sexual dysfunction (low libido, erectile dysfunction)
Breech position in pregnancy
Induction of labor
Tools that we use
Moxibustion (moxa) means the application of heat to a specific area of the body for the purpose of treating disharmony. Moxa uses the herb artemesia vulgaris (mugwort, Chinese wormwood).
Moxa can be used to treat asthma, arthritis, vomiting, diarrhea, rheumatic pain, and abdominal pain. Moxa can also be used to prevent disease and keep healthy.
Gua Sha (pronounced "gwa shaw,") Gua means to scrape or rub and Sha is a 'reddish, elevated, millet-like skin rash' (aka petechiae).
Gua Sha involves lubricating the skin with oil and using a smooth-edged instrument to apply long or short strokes to the body causing redness or bruising. The most common areas for treatment are the back, neck shoulders, buttocks, and limbs. It can also be used on the chest and abdomen as well.
Gua Sha can be used to treat and prevent the common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, and pain both chronic and acute. It can also be used to detoxify the body. Gua Sha is stimulating to the immune system, detoxifies, increases circulation, regulates organ function, normalizes metabolic processes, removes stagnation and eases the pain.
Cupping is a simple and effective therapeutic technique which can be used alone or in combination with acupuncture. Cupping utilizes a glass cup as the instrument. Heat is introduced into the cup in order to reduce the internal pressure, thereby producing a vacuum. When the cup is placed onto the surface of the skin surface, the skin will be drawn up by suction forming a firm grip around the rim of the cup.
Cupping can be used to treat headaches and dizziness, cough, asthma, colds, epigastric pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and indigestion, menstruation pain, and various types of pain.
Electro-acupuncture is the term used to refer to the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles, which are placed in acupuncture points in the body. Most electro-acupuncture treatments last about 10-20 minutes. Electro-Acupuncture is used relatively for the same diseases as regular acupuncture. The stimulation is usually stronger. It is particularly good for neuralgia and nerve paralysis.