Acupuncture: The insertion of very fine, sterile, disposable needles at selected points along the body to maintain proper energy flow. When the energy or qi flows properly the body is in balance and can function at its optimal level. On a physical level acupuncture can release muscle tightness, increase blood circulation, regulate hormones, stimulate healing responses and reduce inflammation.

Adjunctive therapies:

  • Cupping: In cupping, a glass or plastic cup is suctioned onto the body and kept in place for about 10 minutes. This stimulates circulation, relieves swelling, and aides in respiratory functions. It is used for back pain, musculoskeletal pain, sprains, pneumonia, bronchitis and the common cold. Cupping can result in temporary bruising on the surface of the skin.
  • Electro-Acupuncture: Acupuncture needles are used to conduct small electrical currents. This technique, often used in conjunction with acupuncture, has been proven to decrease pain, accelerate healing, and significantly reduce inflammation, edema and swelling.
  • Gua Sha: Also known as “spooning” or “coining” to English speakers and “tribo-effleurage” to the French and Korean to the Japanese, Gua Sha literally means “scrape away heat”. It is performed by applying pressurized strokes to the back using a specialized scraping instrument. Gua Sha is used for many ailments from muscle aches to fevers to digestive and gynecological issues.
  • Moxa: A technique that uses the Chinese herb called Ai Ye, mugwort or Artemisia Vulgaris. This warming technique is very beneficial in the treatment of arthritis and pain, as well as low energy, digestive and menstrual disorders. Moxa is usually rolled into a stick, lit, and held over specific areas of the body. It can also be placed onto the handle of an acupuncture needle for deeper penetration of heat.

In office and home visits are available.


Chinese Herbal Formulas:

Work synergistically with acupuncture supporting the treatment throughout the week. They may be given in several different forms depending on the patient’s preference.

  • Raw herbs which are cooked, strained and made into a tea
  • Granules which are powdered form and mixed with warm water and drank
  • Pills or Patents are formulas that are made into tablets or capsules



Nutritional Guidance:

Foods play a major role in our health and it is important to choose foods that support us. Chinese medicine focuses on foods that can benefit a person’s particular presentation and foods to avoid. Chinese nutrition determines the properties or energies of each food combination, taking into consideration season, method of preparation, and geographical location, and utilizes the information according to the principles of life and balance.