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Acupuncture, Cupping, Chinese Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture Session
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Acupuncture is the use of fine, sterile, stainless steel needles at specific points on the body to affect the flow of Qi.  The philosophy of Qi (pronounced "chi") is at the core of Chinese Medicine and can be thought of as the body's energetic potential or bioelectricity—the vital energy permeating every cell of our body and protecting it from illness, pain, and disease. Qi travels the body through 14 main pathways called meridians.  Pain, illness, and disease result when the flow of Qi is obstructed or imbalanced through the meridians.  Acupuncture addresses specific points along the meridians to assist in correcting the body's flow of Qi. We also offer traditional Moxabustion to enhance the effects of acupuncture.

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Cupping has been used for thousands of years in both Chinese and Egyptian medicine—as documented in one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, Ebers Papyrus, written in 1550 BC. Cupping involves the placement of round glass or plastic "cups" directly on the skin to create a suction effect, either by being heated, or manually pumped. The cups remain on the skin for several minutes to encourage the flow of fresh blood and Qi through the area to soften tissue, break up adhesions, remove toxins, and promote healing. Small round bruises typically appear on the skin due to fresh blood circulation as a result of the treatment.


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Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine involves using a selection from 270-350 herbal substances to compound 70-100 different formulas, each customized to treat the unique underlying causes of symptoms and disease patterns in a patient. As a key component in a holistic healing process, these formulas effectively regulate imbalances, detox, restore, and alleviate associated symptoms, all while protecting the normal function of the internal organs and supporting the underlying constitution of the patient. Side effects are minimal compared to Western medications, formulas are not taken long term, and doses are easy to take in tea, powder or pill form.

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