Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing modalities having been continually used for nearly 4,000 years. It is still used by ¼ of the world’s population as a primary healthcare modality. It is an extremely effective way to treat a wide variety of conditions without side effects. The most asked question from people who are new to acupuncture is “Does it hurt?”. The needles I use are the size of a cat whisker or a thick piece of hair. They are inserted gently and shallowly and the experience is nothing like having an injection. Most people don’t even know I’ve inserted the needles and all needles are disposed of after each use.
Below are several of the diseases and symptoms that acupuncture can treat.
- Headache (migraine, tension, etc.)
- Cough, Cold and Flu
- Neurological diseases
- Sports injury and quicker injury recovery
- Back pain (for any reason)
- Knee and Ankle pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis
- Other gastrointestinal disorders
- Post-operation recovery and pain
- Painful or Irregular periods
- Asthma or other pulmonary disorders
Western and Chinese Herbal Consultations
Herbs are prescribed according to the patient’s condition and are generally blended into a formula that may include between 5 and 15 different herbs. All herbs are sourced from reputable companies and are screened for heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides. For patients who do not wish to receive acupuncture, I am available for herbal consultations. Prices vary as treatments are catered to each individual.
Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure”. While its historical roots can be traced to China, it evolved into a distinct art in Japan over hundreds of years. No oils are used and the recipient remains clothed. Light to medium pressure is applied with the thumbs, fingers, and hands along channels or “meridians” that help to balance and free the flow of physical and mental energy. When appropriate, a shiatsu therapist can also create deep pressure.
Tuina uses the Traditional Chinese Medical theory of channels and collaterals (meridians or pathways) and the flow of the Qi energy as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques, Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious Qi energy through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body to naturally heal itself. Tuina methods include the use of hand and arm techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body and stimulation of acupressure points to directly affect the flow of Qi energy through the system of channels and collaterals. External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments and salves may also be used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.
Cupping is a method by which glass globes are used to promote healthy circulation in the cutaneous and muscular aspects of the body. Conditions which have been successfully treated through cupping include arthritic pain, abdominal pain, stomachache, indigestion, headache, hypertension, common cold, cough, low back pain, and painful menstruation.
Gua Sha is a method of promoting healthy circulation in the cutaneous and muscular aspects of the body. A specialized tool (usually made of ceramic, bone, or stone) is scraped along large skin areas with the intent to create petechiae. This technique helps in relieving muscular tension.