Modalities II

Acupuncture - One aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been practiced for at least 3000 years. Sterile, single use needles are inserted into the skin at specific points determined by the practitioner after a discussion of the patient's condition. We believe that this minimally invasive procedure encourages the body to respond and seek homeostasis, or balance, to help improve your health condition.

Fire Cupping - A vacuum suction is created on the skin with the combination of a glass cup and fire. The glass cup may be placed in specific areas and left to sit for a few minutes or lotion/cream may be applied to the skin before the glass cup is placed so that the cup may slide easily across the surface of the skin.  The vacuum creates a myofascial stretch to the tissue which many patients find relaxing and helpful to their tight muscles. Due to the vacuum suction, the patient may have marks appear on the area after cupping.  These marks are not painful and diminish in roughly 3-7 days.

Chinese Herbal Medicine - Use of Chinese herbs to enhance an acupuncture treatment. Some health issues respond better to herbs vs acupuncture. All health issues will correct more quickly when acupuncture and herbs are used in combination. We have many Chinese Herbal Formulas in the form of tablets, powders or capsules for convenience.

Food Therapy - Chinese food therapy is based on the belief that foods have characteristics which may or may not be helpful when eaten when a patient has a certain health condition.  Suggestions are often made by the practitioner as to which foods the patient should avoid in order to prevent exacerbation of a condition. Also, suggestions may be made as to which foods the patient should consume in greater quantity to help the condtion clear more quickly.

Ear Seeds -by taping vaccaria seeds or tiny steel balls to specific points on the ear, the body will respond to the stimulus.  Kits for specific health issues are available to enhance treatment between acupuncture sessions.