Fire cupping is an ancient therapy used to treat a variety of issues, although it has gained the most popularity in recent times for treating muscle pain. Fire cupping is performed by creating a vacuum in a glass bulb, then placing it on the patient. This creates a suction. There are different methods that can be used with fire cupping: retention, slide and wet.
Moxibustion is done by burning moxa (artemisia vulgaris), also known as mugwart during the treatment. This can be done any number of ways; directly on the skin, on top of needles, held close to the skin, and other methods. Moxa is an herb that has been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years to help tonify, warm and activate points and channels. It is used for a variety of reasons, from digestive issues to pain and much more.
Tuina is Chinese therapeutic massage. It may be used in conjunction with acupuncture and other therapies to address specific ailments of the patient.
Guasha is also known as “scraping” and is applied by using a specifically designed stone, ceramic or metal tool and pressed firmly onto the skin and moved quickly across the skin. This may be used for a variety of reasons, from pain to early onset cold symptoms.
Herbal Medicine is a valuable complement to acupuncture and in some cases, can be more effective than acupuncture alone. The herbal will be specifically formulated to the patient’s needs and will be prescribed in the form of pills, granular teas, or tincture.
Electrical Stimulation is a technique used to add extra stimulation to the acupuncture points. It is done by connecting cords to the needles, which attaches to the electrical stimulation machine. There is then a controlled amount of electricity pumped into the needles. It is then adjusted to meet the patient’s comfort level. This therapy is seldom painful and can be very beneficial in treating sports injury, infertility and much more.
Nutrition and Lifestyle play an important role in our overall health, both mentally and physically. At our first appointment we will talk extensively about this topic. Depending on what you are experiencing and which issues you would like to address, I may make recommendations or suggest modifications to diet, exercise and general lifestyle.
Injection Therapy is done by injecting medicine consisting of homeopathic remedies, herbs, saline or other sterile substances into areas of pain in the body. I also offer vitamin injections for boosting energy and the immune system.