Acupuncture + Cupping
Acupuncture involves the insertion of almost hair-thin needles into specific points on the body’s surface. Needles are sterile and single-use only. Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid. Acupuncture typically doesn’t hurt. You may, however, experience a variety of sensations with acupuncture. These sensations can include: tingling, warmth, a mild pressure, and a feeling like water flowing through you. Many people feel nothing. Most people find the experience very relaxing with lasting effects.
The exact mode of action for acupuncture is unclear from Western medicine standards. Much research has been done in the field to discover how placing needles in different locations can have results elsewhere in the body. Current theories include a connection with the nervous system, immune system, endorphins, and neurotransmitters to name a few. Whatever the cause, acupuncture treats a variety of different ailments while encouraging a feeling of overall well-being.
Cupping involves the use of a suction using a device that looks like a cup. Cupping devices can be glass (which is used with fire cupping), plastic (which is used with a pneumatic device for precise cupping suction) or a soft flexible plastic for use over smaller curved areas of the body (like an elbow or ankle). The suction that cupping creates will pull the muscles and connective tissue up, creating the feeling of tension. This action can help to release the muscle or connective tissue that is stuck, helping your body to bring movement back to the muscles, ligaments and tendons and stopping pain that is created by stagnation.
It is common for patients to experience some slight discomfort while the cups are in place. There may also be "sha" present at the site where the cups were placed. The "sha" can range from a deep purple, red or pink color that may last for up to a week or longer. It is not recommend to have cupping done over areas where you may not want the "sha" to be the center of attention. For example: if you have a big event coming up, like a wedding.
Acupuncture and Cupping can be combined in the same treatment.
Initial acupuncture sessions are 60-minutes, which include consultation and a 30 minute treatment
Return acupuncture sessions are 30-minutes
Commonly Treated Conditions
Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
Arthritis, Neuralgia, Sciatica, Back Pain, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Stiff Neck, Bells Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Headaches and Migraines, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Sprains, Muscle Spasms
Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis,Colds and Flu
Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Hay Fever, Earache, Nerve Deafness, Ringing in the Ears, Dizziness, Poor Eyesight
High Blood Pressure, Angina Pectoris, Arteriosclerosis
Irritable Bowel Syndromem, Spastic Colon, Colitis, Constipation, Diarrhea, Food Allergies, Ulcers, Gastritis, Abdominal Bloating, Hemorrhoids
Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation, Endometriosis, Menopause, Fibroids, Chronic Bladder Infection, Complications in Pregnancy, Morning Sickness, Kidney Stones, Impotence, Infertility in Men and Women, Sexual Dysfunction
Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus, Allergies, Lupus, MS, Hepatitis
Emotional and Psychological Disorders
Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression, Stress
Acupuncture Also Treats
Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects, Diabetes, Dermatological Disorders, Weight Control
Chinese Herbal Medicine
The Chinese Materia Medica is comprised of a variety of bark, flowers, and seeds used to treat the body. This is similar to the way pharmaceuticals treat different ailments. In fact, many of the active ingredients in many of the top pharmaceuticals derive from plants.
Herbalism has traditionally been used all over the world to treat every kind of illness and disease. The active components of plants are the basis for many of the most potent pharmaceutical drugs used in Western medicine.
When using Chinese and Western herbs, we use the whole plant, taking into account the temperature and characteristics of the individual herb. These herbs are then combined to make a formula, with great caution exercised to make sure that there are the correct properties to cope with your specific complaint and/or illness.
The most common mode of administration we use is a granular extract. With granules, the specific herb has already been cooked in water and is then extracted into a powder substance.
We then decide what we believe will work best for you and mix the different extracts to create a blend that is specifically formulated to treat your complaint. From here, we can add or subtract herbs based on the way your body reacts and how you feel. You receive a bottle of the mixture and take it with hot water two to three times per day.
Some people do not like the taste at first, but learn to love it. Others have said they actually look forward to taking the mixture because it makes them feel so good. One of the reasons we use a custom-made Chinese herbal formula is because it continues to treat the body even after the needles are out. This allows for less treatments needed and eventually leads to faster results.