At The Acupuncture Center, our expertise is with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes:
- Auricular Acupuncture
- Cupping Therapy
- Gua Sha Therapy
- Herbal Medicine
- Qi Gong
- Nutritional Counseling
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that includes inserting needles into specific points on the body in order to maintain a state of healthy balance. The needles used are all stainless steel, disposable, single-use, and sterile. Upon insertion, there may be different sensations, such as numbness, tingling, very slight soreness, or no sensation at all. A typical treatment usually lasts in the range of 20-50 minutes. One goal of treatment is for patients to feel relaxed.
There is often relief felt right after an acupuncture treatment, or in the following days.
Auricular Acupuncture is a type of acupuncture that focuses specifically on the ear. Thin, sterile, small needles are inserted into the ear. The ear often feels warmth during the treatment. Ear acupuncture tends to be relaxing. This technique can be used to relieve pain and stress, in addition to improving organ functions.
Cupping is the application of a plastic cup to create a suction on the skin. Although cupping may lead to some temporary bruising, it is often used in order to allow for easier blood flow to the area where it is applied. Oftentimes, it is used in the treatment of pain or injuries, and allows for the release of toxins as well.
Gua Sha is often described as using a plastic tool to scrape the surface of the skin. There is usually some oil applied to the body beforehand. Gua Sha is particularly good for strengthening the immunity when someone is having a cold.
Patients who are looking for herbal medicine to accompany their treatment may be given advice as to which herbs to take. Herbs can be good for strengthening the effects of an acupuncture treatment. Herbs can taken in different forms that include raw, pill, and powder, but attention must be paid to dosing and the amount of time that they are prescribed.
Heat can be applied to the body through a process called moxibustion. A moxibustion stick is made out of an herb known as “mugwort.” Applying moxibustion may help to relieve the feeling of being cold through giving the body warmth.