Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture

Modern acupuncture uses extremely fine single-use needles, made of sterilized stainless steel. They are literally the width of a human hair, flexible and safe. I use them with great care in order to create a calm, comfortable acupuncture experience. The needles are inserted at a depth between 2 millimeters and a few inches, depending on the anatomical location and desired treatment effect.

You may ask: How does acupuncture work, and how do I know if it is working for me?

The scientific answer is, “the mechanism of action is unknown,” in exactly the same sense that we don’t know the mechanism of many pharmaceutical drugs. However, we can track its treatment effect, and clinical practitioners have been doing just that for over a thousand years.

If you have a pain condition, you may feel a change immediately (reduced pain or zero pain after treatment). If you have a more complex internal condition, you can track the waning of disruptive symptoms. Overall, acupuncture has the ability to both reduce unwanted symptoms and increase your overall vitality.

The World Health Organization has provided a list of conditions that acupuncture has been proven to treat effectively. I would add many conditions to this list, so please contact me for a free consultation if you would like to know whether I can treat your particular health complaint.

World Health Organization’s List of Conditions Treated by Acupuncture

Microcurrent Acupuncture

Microcurrent acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. This therapy is often employed with athletes and those who perform repetitive motions. Microcurrent acupuncture treats the same conditions as regular acupuncture, but it is especially effective in chronic pain conditions and in wound repair (post-surgically for bones, ligaments and tendons, for example).

Herbal Therapy

Traditional Chinese and Japanese herbal therapy can create incredible change in the body. We utilize a number of ways to administer herbs in order to find the most effective and convenient combination for each client. For example, we may use a combination of a relaxing external “bathing tea” and easy-to-take herbal pills for a pain condition. We also use the services of Green Tea Apothecary to deliver potent herbal teas which are premade for your convenience.

Zen Shiatsu Massage

Zen Shiatsu is a system of acupressure that allows the patient to enter a deep state of relaxation. Many musculoskeletal and structural issues can be addressed using this form of massage, and it also carries the benefit of working on the mental and emotional levels as well, treating symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Shiatsu can be performed on a massage table or on a mat. The client is fully clothed with loose, light clothing that covers all of the limbs.

Thai Traditional Massage

Thai Massage is a system of acupressure combined with assisted stretching to open the joints and facilitate optimal blood flow throughout the body. This is considered a medical massage in the system of Traditional Thai Medicine. The Thai Massage is performed on a mat, with the patient fully clothed in loose, light clothing that allows for a free range of movement and complete coverage of the body.

Cupping

Cupping is a beautifully simple and effective therapy. Cupping uses the principle of a small vacuum created in a specialized “cup” which is inverted and placed onto the skin. The vacuum creates a pulling sensation and physically draws the dermal layer gently away from the muscle tissue, effectively “breathing fresh air” into the space between skin and muscle tissue, increasing local circulation and allowing injuries to heal more quickly. The action of cupping helps break up adhesions within the muscle itself, and it is effective for relieving pain.

Sotai

Sotai is a Japanese therapy which combines gentle stretching with breath work. Sotai helps to change patterns of muscular tension. A more comprehensive definition can be found at the Sotai Professional Organization.

Japanese Moxibustion

Japanese Moxibustion is difficult to explain concisely. Beth has studied with Junji Mizutani RAc to learn this extremely refined technique of moxibustion. For more information, please see this pdf by the Japan Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion.