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Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. The prick of the needle at those certain precisely defined points on the skin stimulates specific nerves, which transmit electrical impulses to the spinal cord and lower centers of the brain and thus to the diseased area.

The ancient Chinese described the flow of nervous energy in the body as "Qi": the energy of life. According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, illness is caused when "Qi" does not flow properly throughout the body. They called the principal nerve endings "acupuncture points" and the main course of a similar group of nerve endings (possibly related to dermatones) "meridians".

This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. These points are selected based on years of training acupuncturists receive based on over 3,000 years of experience in China.

Acupuncture is helpful for:
* Treating existing illnesses and injuries.
* Preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness.
* Improving overall health.

Conditions Treated:
Pain Management
Back Pain
Neck|Shoulder|Elbow Pain
Trauma Injury
Muscular Skeletal
Low energy
Allergies: Watery eyes, itchy skin, sinusitis, rhinitis, coughing, sneezing.
Hay fever
Common cold, flu, sinus congestion, chest congestion.

Auricular Therapy or Ear Acupuncture

Auricular therapy (also auricular therapy, ear acupuncture, and auricular acupuncture) is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem, which reflects the entire body, represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. In auricular therapy, an active reflex point is only detected when there is some pathology, pain, or dysfunction in the corresponding part of the body. If there is no bodily problem, there is no ear reflex point. An active reflex point is identified as an area of the ear that exhibits increased sensitivity to applied pressure and increased electro dermal skin conductivity. The health disorders are commonly associated with each part of the auricle when there is pathology in a particular anatomical organ. 

Helix Root

Dysfunctions of one's external genitals, sexual disorders, urinary dysfunctions, and diaphragmatic problems such as hiccups.

Helix Arch

Allergies, arthritis, tonsillitis, and anti-inflammatory processes. We can find nearly 200 acupuncture points on the ear alone and many conditions including pain can be relieved by just needling, massaging, or simply stimulating a specific point with ear pellets. Auricular therapy is very safe as well as effective, and while it can be used as a single treatment or can use it in conjunction with body acupuncture. 


Moxibustion treats and prevents diseases by applying heat to points or certain locations of the human body. The material used is Artemisa Vulgaris a  specie of Chrysanthemun in the form of a cone or stick. When burned, it penetrates all the meridians eliminating hundreds of diseases. In addition, the moxa can produce mild heat, which is able to penetrate deeply into the muscles.

In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi. In Western medicine, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the Bladder meridian. Other studies have shown that moxibustion increases the movement of the fetus in pregnant women, and may reduce the symptoms of menstrual cramps when used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture. 

The most frequent uses  of moxibustion therapy are:

  • Health issues caused by cold- issues due to cold or worsened by cold weather (ex. arthritis, chronic pain)
  • Patients with cold constitutions- patients who always feel cold.
  • Patients with deficiency (especially qi, blood or yang deficiency)
  • Postpartum support (also known as "mother warming")
  • In pregnancy, to support pregnant women with babies in breech position.
  • Painful menstrual periods 
  • Lack of periods due to cold
  • Chronic or acute uterine bleeding.
  • Digestive issues due to cold or deficiency.


Cupping treatment involves warming and placing cups, usually made of glass, on the skin. By warming the air within the cup, a vacuum is created, and when it is applied to the skin, the tissue is drawn up into the cup. This increases the blood flow, loosens the fascia or connective tissue, and is thought to stimulate healing. It is similar to the way deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain. The cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the site of pain. 

Cupping may cause temporary bruising and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and the level of internal stagnation. According to TCM, this would be a favorable outcome, suggesting the treatment has successfully removed toxins and stagnation. The cups are removed by lifting one edge, which allows air in and breaks the seal and vacuum.

Different types of cupping are selected based on the treatment goals of the acupuncturist. There are also different types of cups. Most commonly, cups are made out of glass. 

The classic cupping technique is called ba guan zi, which is fire or dry cupping. This involves placing the cup over an ashi (painful area) point or an acupuncture point along an energy meridian. The cups are left in place anywhere from five to 20 minutes depending on the nature of the individual's condition. A general course of treatment involves four to six sessions in intervals starting from three to 10-day gaps.

TCM teaches that it is the stagnation of qi and blood that causes pain and disease. Cupping invigorates local circulation of qi and blood in the area being treated, resolving swelling, pain, and tension. By drawing impurities to the surface, it removes toxins. From a Western physiology perspective, cupping loosens connective tissue or fascia and stimulated blood flow to the surface. Cupping stimulates tissue relaxation and better cell-to-cell communication. 

The sliding cups technique is traditionally performed on large muscle groups of the back to treat pain and muscle spasms. Massage oil is applied to the skin prior to the cups being placed, which allows the cups to glide easily over the surface of the skin.

With air cupping, an alternative to fire cupping, a handheld suction pump is used to remove air from the cups, creating the vacuum without heat. Some clinical research from China suggests this innovation in cupping technology is more comfortable for patients.

Wet cupping combines an acupuncture technique called bleeding with cupping. A lancet is used to prick the skin before the cup is applied, which encourages a small amount of blood to flow from the area. This treatment is thought to dispel internal toxins. TCM practitioners in China use this technique for "cooling" inflammatory conditions.

Infrared Therapy

The primary effect of infrared radiation is heat. This is used to stimulate acupuncture points and other areas on the skin. When used to stimulate points, the surrounding area is protected by cloth. When the therapy is designed to treat a broader surface, the light is centered at the point and the surrounding area is also exposed. Dosage is based upon the amount of exposure necessary to make the patient feel warm, but not too hot, for 15 to 20 min.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is an ancient method of healing that is based on centuries of careful documentation of herbal properties and effects, empirical observations and clinical experimentation. Like acupuncture, Chinese herbs have been used for over 3,000 years to enhance health or address illness.

The herbs used in Chinese medicine are derived from a number of sources, including animals, insects, plants and minerals, and are taken to guide energy to specific areas in the body. Herbs come in tea, pill and capsule forms and are generally recommended along with acupuncture treatment to speed the healing process. With dedicated use, Chinese herbs can correct imbalances in the body that are causing pain or distress.

Asian Bodywork

Tui Na is an ancient Chinese manual therapy that uses rhythmic pressure to stimulate energy flow through the meridians, muscles and joints. Similar to massage therapy, it is an excellent treatment choice for sports injuries, chronic pain, and musculoskeletal conditions.  It is also considered a good alternative to acupuncture for sensitive patients, such as the elderly or children.

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