Some of the styles and techniques used by our acupuncture therapists
Chinese Medicine is an ancient form of healing to keep the body balanced and free from diseases. When the Yin and Yang of the body are balanced, there is harmony and therefore good health. Working with the energy of the body along specific channels and meridians, this harmonious state is able to be restored. Instead of just treating the branches of disease, Chinese Medicine is able to treat the root cause of a disease if diagnosed correctly. Eastern Medicine looks at the person as a whole, to then be able to address individual concerns.
5 Element Acupuncture
From a Five Element Acupuncture perspective, everyone has a specific element (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, or Water) from where they gain their utmost power and strength. In this same element, they may struggle and become very imbalanced. By finding a person's constitutional element, a practitioner can begin treating from that place of imbalance to regain harmony and balance within the patient.
Cupping is the Chinese technique of gently heating small glass cups and placing them on the body. The heat creates a vacuum that suctions the cups to the skin. The cups are then left in place, or moved with oil – cupping massage – massaging muscles and facia. Because cupping therapy reaches deeper into the musculature than most massage, the treatment effectively invigorates the blood and removes toxins and lactic acid build up in body tissues. This end result not only helps the body to fight off the common cold and flu, but also significantly reduces pain.
Electrical current may be added as supplement to an acupuncture treatment, called Electro-stimulation. This treatment is often used to address spasmodic muscle fibers and can enhance rehabilitation, relaxation and pain relief. By using electro stimulation therapy, injured muscles and facia can be re-educated and reintroduced to proper function and range of motion.
Guasha, or Gua Sha, is a Chinese technique named for its primary action of repeatedly scraping the skin using a porcelain, jade or ox-horn tool. Gua Sha therapy is a technique used to alleviate local pain, reduce fever and minimize the symptoms of common cold.
Moxa - Moxibustion
In Moxa or Moxibustion a tightly- packed cone of Chinese herbs is lit, placed on the acupuncture needle and allowed to heat the targeted point. Moxa warms and eases the pain of arthritis and menstrual cramps and is useful in promoting good circulation, digestion and overall health. Moxibustion is an easy and powerful compliment to any acupuncture treatment.