Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin needles into specific points on the body to treat disease. Points are located along energetic channels in the body called meridians that link the organ systems. Stimulation of these points with acupuncture needles balances the body's internal environment. In traditional medicine acupuncture influences Qi, the vital life force of the body. According to western science, acupuncture can regulate the body by influencing various systems, including the circulatory, endocrine, and nervous systems.
Chinese Herbal Formulations
Chinese herbs can be used with or without acupuncture to treat disease. Once a diagnosis is achieved a formula, a combination of herbs, that matches the diagnostic pattern is prescribed. Using a formula instead of a single herb maximizes the efficacy of the herbs while reducing side-effects. Formulas also allow for individualized treatment. For example, two patients seeking herbs for insomnia might have different constitutions and present with different secondary symptoms. Though these patients both have insomnia they would be prescribed different formulas to address their individual conditions.
In addition to acupuncture and herbs, Chinese Medicine utilizes other therapies, such as moxibustion (heat therapy), cupping (vacuum therapy), gua sha (painless skin scraping), tui na (bodywork), and qi gong (energy work).
Common Conditions Treated with Chinese Medicine
Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks
Infertility (Male and Female)
Cold and Flu
Headaches, Dizziness, Vertigo
(back, neck, shoulder, knee, limb), sciatica, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, tendinitis, TMJ, arthritis, bursitis, herniated/bulging discs, numbness
If you would like more information about a specific modality or it you have any questions about treatments, please contact me.
I also offer free 15 minute consultations.