Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is the use of fine, sterile, single-use, stainless steel needles to prick the skin of various regions of the body in order to stimulate the body’s innate ability to self-heal by encouraging the healthy circulation of qi and blood. It is used to alleviate pain and treat a variety of mental, physical, and emotional issues.
Acupuncture stimulates neurotransmitters in the brain which increase the production of serotonin and epinephrine resulting in a highly relaxed state following acupuncture treatments. The end result is an overall reduction in stress and anxiety.
Cupping is a therapy that has existed for thousands of years in many cultures around the world. In Chinese medicine, cupping is performed by placing glass or plastic cups on the skin, creating suction as a means of drawing out stagnant blood and toxins while encouraging the healthy circulation of qi and blood in the body. Toxins are pulled to the surface while new blood and lymph are drawn into the area to encourage healing.
Cupping is an effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain, respiratory issues, digestive issues, skin disorders, allergies, and more.
Moxibustion, also known as “moxa,” is another commonly practiced therapy rooted in Asian healing traditions. Moxa involves the burning of an herb called mugwort (artemesia herba) on or over certain acupuncture points on the body in order to re-introduce warmth (yang energy) and stimulate healthy circulation in the body.
Moxa is an effective treatment for poor circulation (cold hands, feet), increasing energy (fatigue), improving digestive function, boosting the immune system, and more.
ELECTRO-STIMULATION ACUPUNCTURE (E-STIM)
E-STIM acupuncture is the application of very light currents of electricity to acupuncture needles which further stimulate the acupuncture points used in treatment. Varying settings of amps and watts are used in therapy depending upon the patient’s presentation and need for treatment. It is highly effective in treating musculoskeletal issues that involve pain.