Acupuncture and Adjunct Treatments
Acupuncture is the insertion of a single or multiple micro-thin needles into the body to elicit a specific effect. The desired effect and the location of the problem will determine the number and location of needle placement in the body.
For more information:
Acupuncture – Frequently Asked Questions
Massage and Body Work
Our Body Work incorporates a unique combination of the following massage methods, but does not focus on any single technique. Our practitioners utilize the most appropriate modality for any individual condition. These body work sessions may include techniques taken from Thai, Swedish, Sports, and Deep Tissue massage, Myofascial Release, Trager Body Work, Tui-na, Shiatsu, Acupressure, and Neuromuscular Release.
Gua sha, literally “to scrape away fever” in Chinese (more loosely, “to scrape away disease by allowing the disease to escape as sandy-looking objects through the skin”), is an ancient medical treatment.Sometimes referred to as “spooning” or “coining” by English speakers, it has also been given the descriptive French name, “tribo-effleurage”. Gua Sha is performed with a Chinese ceramic soup spoon, or a well worn coin, even honed animal bones, water buffalo horn, or jade. A simple metal cap with a rounded edge is commonly used. Graston techniques are a modern medical descendant of Gua Sha. The smooth edge is placed against the pre- oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly, and then moved down the muscles hence the term “tribo- effleurage” (i.e., friction-stroking) — or along the pathway of the acupuncture meridians, along the surface of the skin, with each stroke being about 4-6 inches long.This causes extravasation of blood from the peripheral capillaries (petechiae) and may result in sub-cutaneous blemishing (ecchymosis), which usually takes 2-4 days to fade. Sha rash does not represent capillary rupture as in bruising, as is evidenced by the immediate fading of petechiae to echymosis, and the rapid resolution of sha as compared to bruising. The color of sha varies according to the severity of the patient’s blood stasis which may correlate with the nature, severity and type of their disorder appearing from a dark blue-black to a light pink, but is most often a shade of red. Although the marks on the skin look painful, they are not. Patients typically feel immediate sense of relief and change.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a unique form of Herbalism; rather then using a single herb for a single condition (such as ginseng for energy) it is the combination of two or more plant, mineral or (on rare occasion), animal substances to create a custom formula designed to address a specific problem or set of problems. Please read our discussion of Chinese Herbal Medicine and its many forms.
Moxibustion (or Moxa) is used for people who have a cold or stagnant condition and is very often (but not always) used in conjunction with Acupuncture. Moxa is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of Mugwort (artemesia annua), a small, spongy herb, to enhance healing. Moxa has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. It strengthens the blood, stimulates the flow of qi (chi), and helps to maintain general health. It is particularly known for its ability to turn breech presentation babies into a normal head-down position that is considered safe during childbirth. Moxa is also used to treat inflammatory conditions and is highly effective for menstrual cramps.
Cupping is a widely-used traditional modality that utilizes glass, plastic or bamboo suction cups to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and create an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. Suction of the cups is created by placing a flame inside the cup to remove all the oxygen, thereby creating a vacuum. The cup is then turned upside-down over a specific area of the body. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward as the air inside cools.