Acupuncture involves inserting thin, single use, sterile needles through the skin to correct imbalances within the body’s energy flow. The insertion of needles into the skin at acupuncture points immediately stimulates the cells in the body to send blood, oxygen, and white blood cells to the area. Acupuncture promotes the release of the body’s own natural painkillers, alleviating or easing pain and is effective in regulating your nervous system, to help keep your body in the parasympathetic state, also known as the “rest and digest” state.
The insertion of acupuncture needles allows our cells to work in an optimal state, to receive the proper amount of nutrients and provide new cell growth. Acupuncture reduces inflammation, puts the body in a state of harmony, and stimulates the release of dopamine.
Acupuncture has been found to be particularly helpful in these conditions:
Results can be seen more quickly in acute problems, whereas, chronic or more severe symptoms often require a few treatments to determine the potential benefit. Some patients may require ongoing, less frequent treatments.
Cupping therapy involves the use of small glass cups and heat to create negative pressure inside of the cups to create suction when applied to the skin. This negative pressure stretches the fascia to break up stagnation and congestion located in the meridians and tissues.
Cupping is also great for its detoxifying effects.
Gua Sha is a type of “scraping” therapy in which a smooth tool is used to apply a stroking motion to the skin. This technique breaks up stagnation to promote the smooth flow of qi and blood and increases microcirculation in soft tissues to reduce tension and pain, and potentially stimulates the body’s natural pain relieving systems.
Gua Sha is also used to address conditions such as:
Moxibustion is a type of heat therapy in which dried mugwort is burned on acupoints or near certain regions of the body. Moxa that has been tightly rolled into a short cylinder and wrapped in cigarette paper is placed on the metal handle of a needle and ignited, transferring heat both radiantly and directly to the tissue through the needle. Patients seem to really like the warming sensation moxibustion provides.