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Acupuncture consists of inserting very fine, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body. Needling acupuncture points helps to re-establish the proper function of qi (energy) to prevent illness. It has been proven that acupuncture increases the level of endorphins, the body's natural painkiller in the cerebrospinal fluid. Immune and endocrine system activities are also increased. The focus of acupuncture is to resolve the root cause of the disease that lies behind the symptoms. Acupuncture can be used in acute disorders as well as a preventative medicine in preventing more severe conditions.

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Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal medicine is often used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture in treating a wide variety of symptoms, while stimulating the body's natural healing process. Herbal prescriptions are based on classic formulas and are tailored to treat each patient's individual needs. Chinese herbs can be administered as an herbal tea, pill or granule. All herbs used in our clinic are free of heavy metals and other contaminants.

cupping | gua sha | moxibustion

In addition to acupuncture we often use adjunctive techniques, such as cupping, gua sha and moxibustion. Cupping and gua sha are commonly used when treating acute pain conditions to help reduce inflammation, increase blood and qi circulation and ease pain. These techniques can also be used in treating various other conditions such as the common cold and allergies. Moxibustion (moxa) is the use of the herb mugwort in warming acupuncture points. Moxa is used to increase blood and qi flow by warming acupuncture channels. While we use moxa in treating a variety of complaints, it is popular with pregnant women due to its success in creating an optimal environment for a breech baby to turn itself. Please ask Eliza more about these techniques if you are interested.