Acupuncture...

Acupuncture is a part of a complete medical system known now as Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM). It is a culturally-based system of how the human body works and as such, its concepts and treatments can seem strange to those of us in the west. Unlike the western anatomical model which divides the physical body into parts, the Chinese model is more concerned with function. Traditional Chinese Medicine is thus holistic, based on the idea that no single part of the body can be understood except in its relation to the whole. A symptom is not traced back to a cause but is looked at as a part of totality. A person who is well, or "balanced", has no distressing symptoms and expresses mental, physical, and spiritiual balance. When that person is ill, the system is only one part of a complete bodily imbalance that can be seen in other aspects of his or her life and behavior. Understanding that overall pattern, with the symptom as just one part, is the beauty and the challenge of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In acupuncture, we week to address the root imbalance in order to resolve the overall imbalance that is giving rise to your main complaint.

How does illness arise in the Chinese medical model? Consider that humans are complex creatures living in a constantly changing environment. To sustain life, our bodies continually work to maintain a homeostatic (i.e. balanced) state. In the TCM model, illness occurs when that internal balance is upset through such things as excessive or prolonged stress, insufficient rest, trauma, worry, poor diet and environmental conditions, and of course bacteria, viruses, and autoimmune disorders, to name just a few "pathogenic factors". The acupuncturist inserts fine sterilized needles into the channels of energy that form a web throughout the entire body, and connect all part of the body together, to restore balance to your energetic systems that are put out of balance by the pathogenic factor.

Over the past 30 years, acupuncture has garnered increasing attention and respect by more and more people in western countries. Patients are looking for options to complement their standard medical care and at the same time are becoming more aware of the powerful connections between body, mind, and spirit. In Chinese Meidcine, there is no separation of body, mind and spirit and the patient is treated as an entire person, not as a disease off in isolation from the rest of the whole. Even though acupuncture is an ancient tradition, it can address many of the manifestations of illness in our modern society, where many of us live in a constant state of fight or flight and our sympathetic nervous system is in overdrive. I like to think of acupuncture as tapping into our parasympathetic, which is the rest and rejuvenate part of our nervous system. Your body heals itself when in the parasympathetic state. As an added bonus, most people find acupuncture to be deeply relaxing.

 Moxibustion...

Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.

 Auricular Acupuncture...

The ear is one of the most widely used microsystems of acupuncture. It is viewed as a reflection of the whole body and observation and palpation of areas the ear are useful for diagnosis and effective for treatment. I use ear points on most patients and often provide pressballs or magnets to provide countinuous stimulation of the points after your appointment.

 Cupping...

Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as "fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups, in modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have been introduced and this is what I use.Please insert your text here.