Acupuncture Basics

"If there is pain, there is no free flow. If there is free flow, there is no pain"

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe, drug free, e ective holistic healthcare system developed by the Chinese over 3000 years ago.It is a virtually pain free
procedure using ultra ne needles to help the body and mind achieve a more balanced energetic state, to relieve pain and various ailments 


How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points along pathways or meridians of energy (Qi) that traverse the body and its surfaces. 


What are Meridians?

Meridians are like interconnected rivers inside the body bringing
sustenance and nutrients a ecting the organs, muscles, joints, bones and emotions. There are 361 primary points and 71 meridians in​ the human body. 


What is Qi?

Qi is energy in the very broadest sense possible. Qi can appear in different energetic states ranging from the most subtle aspects akin to emotions to the more dense aspects physically affecting the body. 


What is Japanese Acupuncture?

This style of acupuncture focuses on structural and/or constitutional imbalances that often underlie a patient’s symptomatic complaints. It is largely defined by its use of a highly systematized method of palpation; the ability to gain information through touch. Health issues are approached on several levels by combining Classical Chinese medical principles with modern pathophysiology. As a rule the needling methods are shallow and virtually painless, using the smallest gauge needles
 

What is Five Element Alchemical Acupuncture?

This style of acupuncture facilitates psychological and spiritual healing. It  is a creative process in which both practitioner and patient are actively engaged and is organized around traditional Chinese medicine and Taoist alchemical principles and insights. It uses the tools of traditional Chinese medicine as well as active imagination, meditation, visualization, and archetypal imagery to move qi and support transformational processes. Needle techniques are directed at using the minimal amount of stimulation on the most potent points to create the largest effect during a given treatment.
 

What is Acupuncture Physical Medicine?

Acupuncture Physical Medicine utilizes myofascial trigger point release to help release pain. It utilizes palpation and observation to identify stress induced “holding patterns”. These patterns restrict the movement of energy and will eventually give rise to pain and/or discomfort. Myofascial release techniques of tight tender points are used to help clear energetic blocks in order to improve internal organ functions and the emotional state of the individual.
 

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

​Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a safe, effective alternative to plastic surgery, laser treatment, dermabrasion, chemical peels, collagen and botox. It helps the face look younger, healthier and more radiant. It may erase as many as five to fifteen years from the face, with results apparent after just a few treatments. Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized.
Generally, the course of treatment consists of 10-12 treatments. The effects become most noticeable and lasting on or about the seventh session. Each person responds differently, depending on his or her condition and lifestyle prior to treatment. 


What is Nutritional Response Testing (NRT)?

NRT is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body using palpation of neurological reflexes and muscle resistance testing to determine the underlying causes of non-optimal health. 


What is Auricular Acupuncture?

Auricular Acupuncture is one of the more widely used microsystems within Eastern medicine. Microsystems use one aspect of the body - for example, the ears, hands or feet to treat conditions that are present anywhere in the body.
 

What is Electrical Stimulation?

Electrical stimulation uses a gentle electrical current to help strengthen the affected muscle and promote blood supply to the area.

Electric leads are connected to the needles which have been placed at particular acupuncture points, assisting in the healing of the tissue, reducing inflammation, restoring nerve function, and relieving pain.
 

What is Moxibustion? 

Moxibustion Is a form of heat therapy. It is used to warm different regions of the body and/or acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation of blood and lymph, assisting in healing of the tissue, relieving pain, restoring nerve and engendering a state of deep relaxation.
 

What is Gua Sha?

It is a traditional Oriental bodywork technique used to promote circulation and relieve pain. Most often used for, but not limited to, muscle soreness and tension, it can be applied to many parts of the body and is administered by rubbing a smooth object over the surface of the skin.


What is Cold Laser?

Cold Laser or Low level Laser Therapy is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and is thought to accelerate the healing process. It can be used for s variety of acute and chronic conditions to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality.
 

What is Cupping?

Cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient's skin by the use of glass cups. It encourages circulation and is often used to alleviate pain and for the treatment of respiratory conditions. The therapy is indicated in the treatment of, but not limited to: the common cold, pneumonia, bronchitis, musculoskeletal pain including back, neck and shoulder pain. It is used to help treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling.