Acupuncture Services

Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is a technique that involves inserting very tiny disposable sterile needles into the body at specific points along channels or “meridians.”

The basis of acupuncture is the balancing, strengthening, and harmonizing of the body’s innate healing tendencies. It is used for preventative maintenance, to treat many common health conditions, and to speed the recovery from traumatic injury. The treatment of pain is the most well-known and documented use of acupuncture, though patients with virtually all forms of illness report benefits from its use since its focus is on correcting underlying imbalance and not just on fighting a specific illness or symptom. Computer imaging of the brain during an acupuncture treatment shows dynamic activity occurring in many regions and structures within the brain. This modern research has shown that stimulating an acupuncture point causes an increase in the production of endorphins and simultaneously activates the immune and endocrine systems.

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s ability to treat over 200 commonly encountered clinical disorders.

Electro-acupuncture is a variation of traditional acupuncture treatment in which inserted acupuncture needles are stimulated electronically. This technique was developed in China in 1934 as a means of providing continuous stimulation of the needles. This technique is commonly used to increase intensity of treatments and provide stimulation of nerves in the treatment of pain or neurological disorders. It is also used on the abdomen during fertility treatments to increase blood circulation to the uterus and ovaries. It is a pain-free procedure with a small amount of throbbing and vibration in the affected area.

Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle (the technique is called gliding cupping). Massage oil is applied in this case to reduce friction. Generally, the cup is left in place for about 10 minutes (typical range is 5–15 minutes). The skin becomes reddened due to the congestion of blood flow. The cup is removed by pressing the skin alongside it to allow some outside air to leak into it, thus equalizing the pressure and releasing it. Some bruising along the site of the rim of the cup is expected. Cupping is usually indicated for pain conditions and is applied to the back, legs or arms. It is a painless treatment as the amount of pressure in the cup can be adjusted.


Chinese Tuina Massage
Tuina is a therapeutic massage modality practiced for many centuries. It was initially developed to set broken and dislocated bones, restore structural alignment and was later expanded to treat many more conditions. It involves massage and acupressure aimed at unblocking “stagnation” or areas of tension.


Moxibustion is a procedure of burning an herb, (Folium Artemisiae Vulgaris) to create heat and therapeutic effects as a stand-alone or accompanying treatment to acupuncture in certain conditions. It can increase circulation and promote healing. Deep warmth is usually felt after moxibustion in the applied area. Moxibustion can increase circulation and promote healing.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal therapy is widely used for many disease conditions in China. There are now approximately 5,700 herbal substances identified in the Materia Medica, published by the China’s Ministry of Health. The majority of these substances are plant source and have been found (through centuries of experimentation and usage) to be effective in assisting healing in certain conditions. Chinese herbs are usually used in combinations of 6 to 20 herbs and are customarily prescribed for an individual patient’s specific condition. Herbs can be administered to a patient in many forms. Raw herbs can be taken in a brewed tea form. This herb tea form is stronger and quick acting. It does take some time for cooking and preparation and the taste can be quite strong initially. The herbs can also be prescribed in powder or pill form. Herbs possess many strengthening as well as therapeutic effects due to their content of various nutrients and vitamins, which are essential to the body.


Dietary Therapy

The idea that food is medicine is a deeply rooted concept in Chinese culture. In Chinese Medicine, proper nutrition is considered one of the most important foundations of health and disease prevention. Dietary therapy provides a powerful tool for correcting dis harmonies and is used in conjunction with acupuncture and herbal therapy to restore balance. A patient going through an initial evaluation will be given guidance on general food restrictions and specific recommendations.