Acupuncture involves in the insertion of long, thin needles into specific points on the body called "meridians", stimulating nerves.
It is an incredibly popular tradition practiced worldwide, and is frequently used to alleviate pain and stress. Studies have demonstrated that acupuncture improves the body’s natural immune response and increases chemical reactions that support self healing. Research suggests that acupuncture works by regulating the body’s nervous system and by promoting the release of pain-killing chemicals called endorphins. Acupuncture may affect the chemistry in the brain and influence the chemicals and hormones associated with immune process, blood pressure regulation, blood flow and body temperature. It also can provide general health benefits, including better sleep, improved appetite and even in some occasions more positive moods.
Cupping is a needle-less practice commonly used throughout the world to treat such ailments as the common cold and other upper respiratory conditions as well as digestive and menstrual issues.
The procedure is done by creating a vacuum inside a special glass cup and then placing it on the skin. The vacuum will lift the skin generating increased blood flow to that area while improving circulation. Cupping is particularly effective for ailments such as muscle pain, gastrointestinal issues, the common cold and other lung diseases (asthma and/or chronic cough), gynecological issues and insomnia.
Gua sha involves cutaneous stimulation using a round-edged instrument scraped against the skin, stimulating blood flow to sore, tired or stiff areas.
It is beneficial for the treatment of acute and chronic illness, as well as upper respiratory and digestive conditions. It promotes normal circulation and metabolic processes. The patient feels immediate relief from pain, stiffness, cough, fever and chill. Gua sha works well for acute issues. Pressure of the treated area results in small red dots called petechiae. Although they may sometimes look concerning, the petechiae are painless, harmless and usually disappear in 2-3 days.
Chinese herbal medicine
One of the most popular and common forms of traditional Chinese medicine in the United States, Chinese herbal medicines and herbology often supplement physical practices such as acupuncture, gua sha and cupping.
Regulations governing herbs issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are not the same as those issued for prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Most herbs are completely safe for everyone from infants to the elderly, but some are not suitable for certain populations. Our patients’ health and welfare is of the utmost importance to us. We evaluate everyone’s situation thoroughly and communicate with you extensively if any of the herbs used may not be suitable for all populations.