Ultra-fine, flexible needles that are slightly wider than a single strand of hair, will be inserted into different areas on the body. The location will be dependent on each individual patient and their specific condition. Acupuncture has been used successfully for over 3,000 years and has shown increased popularity in the United States in the past 20 years. It is an excellent option to help treat pain, emotional conditions, digestive problems and even helps reduce chemo side effects. Please see the CONDITIONS page for more information on what ailments we can help you with or click on ACU FAQ'S for more information on what a treatment is like.
You've probably seen the intruiging aftermath of cupping on celebrities such as Michael Phelps or Gwyneth Paltrow. They are varying sizes of reddish-purple circles that last anywhere from 5-10 days. Imagine a "reverse massage" where instead of pushing, we are gently pulling and lifting the tissues to increase circulation and decrease inflammation. It is primarily used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain but can also help to improve the immune system. I use two types of cupping, "fire" or "air".
In FIRE cupping, we use glass cups along with fire to create a "vacuum" between the cup and your tissues, thus creating suction. When used with oil, we can move the cups up and down the spine to create ultimate relaxation along those often tense tissues.
In AIR cupping, we use a rubber pump in order to create the suction. This is used for patients who can't lie down or only need stationary cupping (instead of the moving cupping I mentioned above).
Diet is one of THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS you can use in order to take control over your health. Food is your main medicine, you use it every day to fuel your body and give it the energy you need to be a functional human being. It's important to categorize your food into what is going to be beneficial and what is going to be harmful for your body. However, as an extreme lover of food, I am all about moderation and finding what will work into your lifestyle as opposed to a crash, temporary diet.
In Chinese Medicine, every patient is looked at as an individual and there isn't a one-size-fits-all treatment plan. There isn't one perfect diet for all patients either. All people won’t thrive on the same diet because we all have different constitutions, different presenting patterns, and different lifestyles. Each patient will have their own recommended dietary treatment plan based on their health goals and current condition.
Herbs and Supplements
I love having the option to let both Eastern and Western medicinals shine in their respective moments. Herb formulas can work majestically in certain situations while using "western" supplements such as magnesium, vitamin B complex or probiotics can work wonders in other cases.
I do my best to ensure my herbals and supplements are of the highest and purest quality with qualified lab testing, minimal additives and preservatives and potent ingredients. Nutrients are MOST EFFECTIVE when obtained from food but we can use herbs and supplements to help regulate and balance the body to help it function at it's optimal level.