Acupuncture regulates and repairs the functional systems of the body. This includes the hormonal/endocrine systems, digestive systems, and more. It also has an analgesic effect and reduces pain, while simultaneously decreasing inflammation and promoting healing. Offering traditional channel theory and ah shi “dry needling” style acupuncture.
Electro-acupuncture, or e-stim, is sometimes used to decrease swelling or muscle tension. It has a very stimulating effect.
A moxa stick may be used to warm the body and benefit circulation. It is usually used for its nourishing effects. The herbal stick is lit at one end, and then held about an inch away from the body to provide the perfect amount of heat.
Cupping releases tension and detoxifies stagnant tissues, allowing fresh, oxygenated blood to perfuse the treated area. Gua Sha has a similar purpose, but uses a massage tool to “scrape” the skin and release the myofascia. Oil is used and the skin isn’t harmed. Both of these techniques can cause a bruised appearance on the skin, but it’s not sore like a bruise.
Chinese herbalism is highly sophisticated. Chinese herbs are used in their whole form, not as chemical extracts. Using whole herbs cooked with other herbs in a formula creates a balanced product that heals comprehensively without side effects. Herbal formulas can be used to expedite the healing process and support the body, mind, and spirit in many different ways.
Eastern nutrition is utilized to heal, nourish, and enliven. Energy filled foods nourish and balance us when we learn to eat for our unique needs. Types of foor and cooking styles are recommended according to their energetic effects on the body, not on the number of calories or grams of fat. For example, someone who is cold, pale, and tired, would be advised to avoid eating too much raw food and icy drinks. Instead, warm nourishing soups would be healing for this type of person.