As the oldest continuously practiced medicine in the world, acupuncture utilizes the insertion of very fine, sterile needles to stimulate specific points on the body. This stimulation initiates a healing response with the goal of restoring and maintaining health. Highly effective but as natural as green tea, acupuncture has few complications or side effects when delivered properly by a qualified practitioner. Acupuncture is a cost-effective, minimally invasive treatment method that has proven beneficial in the treatment of hundreds of diseases and illnesses. The World Health Organization acknowledges its efficacy in the treatment of over 100 conditions, and that list is ever expanding. From pain management to constitutional and internal issues, acupuncture can be a primary treatment and a complimentary treatment to western medicine on a wide range of issues.
Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced for centuries. When prescribed by a licensed practitioner, herbs are a safe and effective treatment for many diseases. An herbal medicine formula is a mixture of many herbs tailored to the individual patient and his condition. Formulas are designed to target the illness and to improve overall constitutional health. They are drafted in such a way as to minimize side effects while maximizing beneficial results. The Acupuncture Health Center is unique in that it keeps an inventory of over 400 herbs and formulas readily available to treat patients. Our acupuncturists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment principals of Chinese herbal medicine and in the composition of herbal formulas suited to each individual's unique needs.
Tui Na is a hands-on Chinese bodywork technique that stimulates the body by increasing blood flow and circulation to affected areas. The practitioner uses techniques such as kneading, rolling, pressing and rubbing as well as range of motion, traction and the stimulation of acupressure points to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal and other conditions. Tui Na differs from the more traditional Swedish massage in that it is more concentrated and targets the problem areas of the body, enticing the body to heal itself. The intensity of Tui na can range from light strokes to deep tissue massage, depending on the condition being treated. It is also useful in the treatment of pediatric conditions where acupuncture may be less appropriate.
Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which heat is used to create vacuum suction in a spherical cup that is applied to the body. The skin and superficial muscle layer are drawn into and held in the cup. Cupping relieves pain, increases circulation and releases muscle tension. Cupping is used to treat back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal pain and respiratory diseases, such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis.
Cosmetic acupuncture was a well kept secret in China for thousands of years. Recently, this all-natural method of facial revitalization has become available to others around the world with significant results. Using a combination of ultra-fine needles, jade-rollers, creams, Tui Na massage and other methods, the practitioner initiates skin rejuvenation. The result is a softening of facial lines and an overall brightening of the skin in a healthy, natural way.