One of the oldest forms of Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles at specific points in the body. The needles balance the body’s energy flow, or Qi, and can be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions. In addition to acupuncture, we also use acupressure (Tui-na), electro-acupuncture, cupping and moxibustion to enhance the therapeutic effects.
The acupuncturist places extremely fine, sterile, disposable needles at specific points on the body’s energetic pathways, known as meridians. These needles stimulate your body’s own electrical energy (Qi) to bring your body’s systems back to balance.
Finger pressure is used to stimulate both deep tissue and surface muscles at your body’s acupoints. Pressure on specific
combinations of acupoints help open and balance energy pathways that have been restricted thus promoting the flow of qi and blood in the meridians and its collaterals.
After a needle has been inserted at a point and the Qi sensation obtained, an electric current is passed through the needle both to strengthen and alter the nature of stimulation. Electroacupuncture is especially recommended for neuralgia and nervous paralysis.
The dried leaves of the common mugwart plant, moxa, are placed on the ends of acupuncture needles, or shaped into small cones and burned through herbal cake or ginger over the skin. Moxibustion is particularly effective in the treatment of arthritis, asthma, and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also used to boost one’s immune system, increase circulation and improve sexual function.
Herbal preparations come in the forms of tea, powder, or pills. These herbal formulas are carefully prepared from plants, tree branches, leaves, flowers, seeds, or vegetables and are designed to treat specific health problems or correct imbalances in the body. Foods used in herbal treatment include rice, beans, carrots, ginger, scallion and onions. All herbal products that we carry meet international GNP standards.