Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Treatments

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an effective ancient Chinese healing modality that has been used for over 2,000 years. It involves the insertion of very thin, sterilized needles into specific acupuncture points on the body in order to rebalance your qi (or life force), guiding the body towards natural healing, and restoring balance and health to the mind, body, and spirit. Acupuncture is a holistic approach to healing that involves treating the whole person by finding the root cause of a condition in a gentle and compassionate way.

*We do not offer pediatric acupuncture. We treat adults age 18 and up. We are happy to send you a referral for a pediatric acupuncturist.

Initial Acupuncture Appointment (90 min.) This appointment is for new patients to the practice. The initial acupuncture treatment includes: a comprehensive discussion of your health history and health concerns in addition to a 25-35min acupuncture treatment.This treatment may also include cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, chinese herbal medicine, nutrition advice, supplement and lifestyle guidance.

Follow-Up Acupuncture Appointment (60 min.) This appointment is for returning patients. This appointment includes a discussion of your concerns in addition to a 25-35min acupuncture treatment. This treatment may also include: cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, chinese herbal medicine, nutrition advice, supplement and lifestyle guidance.

Conditions Commonly Treated by Acupuncture 

  • Common Cold
  • Musculoskeletal Pain (Acute & chronic)
  • Depression/Anxiety/Stress
  • Sleep Disturbance/Insomnia
  • Digestive Conditions & Food Allergies/Sensitivities
  • Genitourinary disorders (urinary tract infection)
  • Dermatological Conditions (Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis)
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Gynecological Conditions/Menstrual/Fertility
  • Addiction (smoking and other)
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Support
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Preventative Medicine (Immune/Energy/Mood Support)

New to Eastern Medicine? Each of the services below are commonly used in addition to your Acupuncture Treatment. We offer Cupping and Gua Sha as stand alone treatments as well. (see policies and rates for pricing) 

CUPPING

Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique in which special glass or plastic cups are placed on the skin over acupuncture points and/or muscles. Heat or air is used to create suction between the cup and skin. The suctioning cups are left on the body for between 5 and 20 minutes. This technique puts into practice the old Chinese medical maxim: “Where there’s pain, there is stagnation. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.” Cupping moves stagnation (knots in the muscle fascia, stuck blood, energy, emotions, pathogens), which is also a blockage of qi, out of the body and brings it to the surface to release it, making room for new circulation in the body, relieving pain and tension.

GUA SHA

Gua sha is what it says it is: Gua means to scrape or rub in Mandarin and Sha means red rash. It is an ancient Chinese practice in which an instrument (spoon/gua sha tool) is used to rub or scrape lubricated skin (typically at the back, neck, shoulders) in one direction, with the goal of creating petechiae, or “sha”, tiny red/brown/purple circular patches releasing stagnation and reducing pain and inflammation. And don’t worry, that rash will disappear in a few days. Similar to cupping, the marks arise due to ruptured capillaries right under the skin, and they are very visible signs that you are clearing toxins/stagnations in the body. And, just like in cupping, if you do Gua Sha regularly, you will start to see fewer and fainter marks–a sign of healing.

MOXIBUSTION OR ‘MOXA’

Moxa is one of the oldest healing technique used in Chinese Medicine dating back thousands of years. Moxa is the Chinese Herb Ai Ye commonly known as Mugwort. Moxa is commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments and is a form of fire heat that when placed over acupuncture points creates a stimulating healing effect. The heat is created by burning the mugwort leaves and applying it directly or indirectly over the body. People commonly report moxibustion to be very soothing and relaxing.

CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a vast and incredible healing modality used in Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used for over 2,000 years. Chinese Herbal Medicine consists of hundreds of herbs that are used alone or strategically put together into Individual herbal medicine formulas that are created to address many different health conditions. Chinese herbs are safe and very effective when prescribed by a licensed Acupuncturist/Herbalist and can greatly enhance your healing when used alone or in addition to acupuncture treatments. Chinese herbal formulas are prescribed during your in-office acupuncture session or during your virtual health/herbal consultation.