Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine stainless steel needles into specific points on the surface of the body. Needles are sterile and disposable and most are as thick as 1-2 strands of hair. Acupuncture needles are solid with a rounded tip which passes between cells making treatments virtually painless. 

 

Often patients do not feel the needle during insertion. Once the needle reaches the desired depth, it may be gently rotated or otherwise manipulated in order to elicit a response such as numbness, soreness, heaviness, tightness or an electrical-like sensation that may move along the meridian. These are all desirable responses, indicating the arrival of Qi, and for most patients become a pleasant curiosity as they develop an awareness of the subtle changes within their bodies during acupuncture treatment.

Chinese Herbs

We stock over 1000 of individual herbs and standard formulas. 

 

From this collection of herbs, we combine them based on the diagnosis, usually using a traditional herbal formula as a foundation and adding other herbs specific to the individual's complaint and constitution.

 

As the person's health improves, the nature of the imbalance changes, so the herb formula must also change. Some herbs are deleted when they are no longer needed, while others more appropriate to the changing condition are added.

Cupping

Cupping, or suction cupping is a technique we often used in conjunction with acupuncture. Cupping pulls blood to a region to stimulate healing. It is effective at stretching tight fascia and muscles.

 

Cupping helps the tissue develop new blood flow and causes anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body. Cupping is generally painless and many say is more effective than massage for muscle problems.

Gua Sha

Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.

 

Modern research shows Gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc., and why Gua sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion, or moxa, is named after the Japanese word mokusa, meaning "burning herb." It is an important therapy in traditional Chinese medicine.

 

The heat from moxibustion is very penetrating, making it effective for impaired circulation, cold and damp conditions, and yang deficiency. When applied to acupuncture points, the body absorbs the heat into its deepest levels, restoring the body's qi and "life-gate fire," the source of all heat and energy in the body.

 

 

Tuina

Tuina, or acupressure, uses the same acupuncture points and meridians. But acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure.

 

When these acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood, and enhance the body's life force energy to aid healing.

 

Acupressure is very effective for young children, for boosting their immune system, improving appertite, etc.

Thai Massage

Thai massage techniques are very different from classical massage techniques which are focused principally on muscles and soft tissues. On the contrary, That Massage is focused on the fascia that wraps around the muscles. Thumb, palm, elbow, knee and foot are used to work on the whole body. During a Thai massage session, your therapist will stretch your body into a variety of positions that most closely resemble yoga positions. Through this stretching, you'll relieve muscle tension, increase muscle flexibility, add to your muscle tone, and help aid joint mobility. Most noticeable benefits are: lower relief, boost energy, stimulate circulation, relieve headache, improve range of motion. Thai massage takes place on a mat on the floor. No oil is applied in Thai Massage, so you are fully dressed in loose fitting clothing.

NADA Protocol

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) encourages community wellness through the use of a standardized auricular acupuncture protocol for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and disaster & emotional trauma. Among the benefits reported by both clients and clinicians are improved program retention, a more optimistic and cooperative attitude toward the process of recovery, as well as reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals. 

 

The NADA protocol is also commonly referred to as: acudetox, acupuncture detoxification, five point ear acupuncture protocol, five point protocol, 5NP.

Anti-aging Medical Gua Sha Facial

Gua Sha Facial entails performing a restoring function to awaken the skin’s own healing ability to regenerate, firm and lift the whole face. It activates the inner vitality of the face in multiple levels: the facial fascia, the facial muscle, the different skin levels - all will be stimulated to create the youthful appearance of facial contours, smooth out winkles and lift sagging from neck and jaw line. This technique activate the acupuncture needle points and more without using needles. The health benefits include the promotion of lymph drainage, detoxing the channel system, restoring the normal Qi and blood flow of the facial area. From an anti-aging perspective, it is not just a skin deep treatment for temporary effect. It is an energy workout to promote youth and balance from within. 

Ear Seeds

Auriculotherapy involves the stimulation of the "auricle" of the external ear for the treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body. It applies the principles of acupuncture to specific points on the ear. We use the tiny seeds of the vaccaria plant on key points on the ear and tapes them in place. Pressing on the seeds stimulates the related point. 

 

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