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Gua Sha

A technique that involves the use of a tool to scrape the skin which improves circulation and promotes healing.

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Moxibustion Therapy

Also referred to as "Moxa".  A type of heat therapy that involves  burning an herb (Mugwort) to stimulate the acupuncture points.

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Fire Cupping

Glass cups are heated up and applied to the skin, creating suction and stimulating new blood flow.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of a multi modal medical system that is based in theory developed in East Asia over the past 3,000 years or more. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture needles are tools that are used to interact with the body at specific points which stimulates free flow of energy throughout the body, reducing pain and encouraging optimal function and health.

From a western medical view acupuncture increases circulation, decreases inflammation, and releases endorphins and opioids which are natural pain-relievers, and supports immune system cells as well as neuro-transmitters and neuro-hormones in the brain.

 

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes, acupuncture is very safe. The FDA regulates the equipment and requires that practitioners use each needle only once. The needles are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable.

I am a nationally licensed acupuncturist with over 3,000 hours of training that includes extensive training in anatomy and technique.  You can be at ease knowing that your are in the hands of a competent and attentive practitioner.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

I am dedicated to making your acupuncture treatment as comfortable and relaxing as possible!

Most people barely feel a thing when needles are inserted. Some people feel a prick, similar to mosquito bite or a mild aching sensation. In most cases, you will feel calm and relaxed soon after the needles are inserted and many people often look forward to the time away from their busy lives.

The reason acupuncture needles don’t give the painful sensation you might expect is because they’re very thin in comparison to the hypodermic needles used to give injections. Hypodermic needles are hollow so that they can inject material into tissue. Approximately forty acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of one standard 18 gauge hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are as thin as a strand of hair on your head.

 

How Should I Prepare For My Appointment?

Wear or bring loose, comfortable clothing. We can also provide you with a gown, if needed, although most treatments are provided while you are wearing your own clothing.

Do not arrive hungry! Always eat a light meal or snack before your appointments.

Avoid strenuous physical activity and be sure to drink plenty water for two hours after your treatment.

 

What Should I Do If I Need To Cancel My Appointment?

Please call the office and we can reschedule your appointment! You can also reschedule online.

Cancellations in less than 24 hours will be charged the full price.