Acupuncture employs the use of very thin, single use, sterile needles, which are inserted into specific points on the body. Insertion is relatively pain free and followed by a warm, heavy, possibly tingly or achy feeling at the needle site. Typically a treatment involves the insertion of approximately 6-12 needles, which are retained for about 20 minutes. The patient will often find treatment to be very relaxing and many times, leave the office with relief from their symptoms.
Tui na is a type of Chinese therapeutic massage that incorporates stimulating acupuncture points and channels on the body with vigorous rubbing, kneading, and pressing to a desired clinical effect.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is a well-documented and vigorously studied modality with a long history. Chinese herbal medicine therapy uses groups of herbs together, called formulas, that can be tailored specifically for the individual and their condition. These formulas are then prescribed to be taken internally as a pill, granules, or decoction (a sort of concentrated tea). Alternatively herbal formulas may be prescribed to apply topically depending on desired clinical effect.
Moxibustion is a heat therapy provided by burning the Chinese medicinal herb, Ai Ye (Artemisia or mugwort) near the skin surface to achieve a deep penetrating warmth. There are many different forms of this therapy, which are safe and for most people, quite pleasant.
Cupping is the technique of using glass cups, which are quickly heated to created a vacuum. The cup is placed over the targeted area and either left in place for a few minutes or moved back and forth over a larger area to bring circulation and disperse stagnation.
Gua sha is a scraping therapy that involves the use of a smooth edged tool that is pulled over skin protected with a liniment or lotion.
Qi gong is a long revered meditation and movement practice that can be utilized to great effect for overall well being as well as specific conditions.