What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of several treatment modalities included in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system. It is a healing art that involves the stimulation of specific points on the body through needling. It is intended to help normalize body functions, modify the perception of pain, and treat certain diseases or dysfunctions of the body.
How does it work?
There are several scientific theories used to explain what acupuncture does—from neurostimulation to micro-injury. But in my mind, the body functions based on chemical and electrical exchanges that take place over a complex network of pathways, connections, and intersections. When these exchanges are blocked, weakened, or misdirected, the body malfunctions. Acupuncture hacks into this network and uses the body’s own healing mechanisms to help restore these exchanges.
What is it good for?
My experience includes the treatment of the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:
Acupuncture has been cited to be an effective treatment for these and 43 other conditions by the World Health Organization (WHO).
to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
(including hay fever)
Cough & Cold
Depression & Anxiety
(including TMJ, Bell's Palsy)
(including knee and shoulder pain and tennis elbow)
Nausea & Vomiting
Herbs and/or Nutritional Supplements
Herbs and/or Nutritional Supplements from the Oriental Materia Medica may be recommended to facilitate your body’s own restorative process. The herbs are typically taken in tea form by mixing powdered granules in warm or hot water, or in pill form.
Cupping is the application of round vacuum cups over a large muscular area, such as the back, to enhance blood circulation and stimulate the release of toxins from the body.
Moxibustion is heat supplied, either directly or indirectly, by burning the herb Folium Artemesiae Vulgaris (aka mugwort) over a single acupuncture point or group of points. This penetrates deeply under the skin's surface to warm, relax and release blockages that have built up over time or from an acute injury.
Infrared and TDP (Teding Diancibo Pu)
Infrared and TDP lamp therapy consists of warming the skin with a heat source mounted to an adjustable arm and positioned above the body.
Tui Na ("twee-nah")
Tui Na -- loosely translated as "push -grasp" -- is a form of therapeutic massage that applies pressure in rhythmic movement along energy channels or at specific points and groups of muscles to redistribute and rebalance energy in the body.
Gua sha means "scraping sha-bruises" and involves using a smooth-edged tool to "scrape" the surface of the skin to stimulate microcirculation of soft tissue and increase blood flow.