Home
What is Acupuncture
Practitioner
Conditions Treated
Services
Infertility
Brochures
Acupuncture Q&A
Contact Us
 
 

Acupuncture

       During the acupuncture treatment practitioner inserts hair-thin, disposable stainless steel needles into specific points on the body that located mostly along the energy channels (meridians) to improve and balance the flow of Qi (energy).

       Unlike the standard needles used for injections, acupuncture needles are solid and have a finely tapered point that creates a smooth, painless insertion without damaging nearby tissues. [Top]

 

Auricular Acupuncture

        Also known as auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture) is a form of oriental medicine based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem, meaning that the entire body is represented on the auricle (or auricula, or pinna - the outer portion of the ear) and that the entire body can be treated by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively.

        Used in treatment and prevention of diseases by stimulation of the certain acupuncture points in or around the ear with needles, magnets, ear seeds. Auricular acupuncture could be use as a stand-alone modality or as a complement to the whole body acupuncture treatment. Auricular acupuncture is used widely in treatment of addictions, stress, insomnia, infertility, high blood pressure etc. [Top]

 

Electro-Acupuncture

        Used in combination with the traditional needle acupuncture by sending a small amount of electric current through the needle to the acupuncture point. Electro-acupuncture is usually recommended for pain relief and stroke/paralyses. [Top]

Moxibustion

        Moxibustion is an Oriental medicine heat therapy utilizing moxa, or mugwort herb

        This ancient healing technique is believed to even precede the acupuncture. Moxibustion still plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia. During the moxibustion, the specially processed leaves of Artemisia Vulgaris are burned at or above the acupuncture points to warm regions with the intention of stimulating circulation and inducing a smooth flow of Qi and Blood and to protect body against Cold and Dampness.

(Artemisia Vulgaris)

        The word moxa comes from Japanese mogusa (the u is not very strongly enunciated). The Chinese character for moxa forms one half of the two making up the Chinese word that often gets translated as "acupuncture" zhenjiu.
        Moxa is used for pain and deficient conditions, and has been clinically effective for treatment of common conditions such as acute and chronic pain (frozen shoulder, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome), digestive upset (diarrhea, IBS), women's disorders, and sexual function (impotence, decreased libido). [Top]

 

Cupping

        Is a method of treating diseases by increasing blood circulation in specific body areas. A special glass or plastic cups/jars are used to create partial vacuum inside of them and then applied to the skin for the period up to 20 minutes. This method is utilized in treating pain conditions, common cold, cough etc. [Top]

 

Infrared Therapy

        An infrared lamp applies gentle heat to the acupuncture points or tender areas on the body, usually combined with acupuncture. It is very effective in treatment of the arthritic pain, certain infertility cases, helps to speed up a wound healing and enhances general energy levels.[Top]

Laser Acupuncture

        Sometimes referred to as soft or cold, with the Low-Level Laser the light is compressed from a wavelength of the cold, red part of the spectrum. It is different from natural light in that it is one precise color; it is coherent (it travels in a straight line), essentially monochromatic (a very narrow bandwidth of two or three wavelengths) and polarized (it concentrates its beam in a defined location or spot.) These properties allow laser light to penetrate the surface of the skin with no heating effect, no damage to the skin and no known side effects. Laser light directs bio-stimulation light energy to the body's cells, which the cells then convert into chemical energy to promote natural healing and pain relief.


        The Low-level laser therapy uses cold laser light energy to direct bio-stimulation light energy to the body's cells without injuring or damaging them in any way. The energy range of low level laser light lies between 1 and 500mW (milli-watts), while for surgical lasers, the energy range lies between 3000 and 10000mW.


        Low-level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. When pulsed at certain pulse rates the therapy device optimizes the immune responses of the blood that produces an anti-inflammatory effect. It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effects throughout the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell.

  • Low Level Laser promotes healing in many conditions because it increases the ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) level and activates enzymes in the targeted cells.
  • Growth factor response within the cells and tissue is increased as a result of enhanced ATP and protein synthesis.
  • Improved cell proliferation is apparent.
  • Pain (both acute and chronic) relief as result of increased endorphin release.
  • A strengthened immune system response due to increasing levels of lymphocyte activity.
  • There is a pronounced anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effect.

        With the application of this laser light to injuries or wounds, soft tissue healing rate and pain relief are accomplished. Additionally, the process increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, increasing the blood supply to the affected area, stimulating the immune system, nerve function, developing collagen and muscle tissue, and helping to generate new healthy cells and tissue and promoting faster wound healing and clot formation. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) does no damage to tissue cells and is safe in most applications. The therapy is precise, accurate, easy to administer and offers safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. [Top]

 

Gua Sha

        Gua Sha is an ancient medical treatment that is still widely used by practitioners ofTraditional Chinese Medicine. It is used even more widely as a "folk" technique, by Chinese, as a preventive or remedial treatment.

(Natural Jade Gua Sha Tools)

        Gua Sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge.
The smooth edge is placed against the pre-oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly, and then moved down the muscles or along the pathway of theacupuncture meridians, along the surface of the skin, with each stroke being about 4-6 inches long.

     This causes extravasation of blood from the peripheral capillaries (petechiae) and may result in sub-cutaneous blemishing (ecchymosis), which usually takes 2-4 days to fade. Sha rash does not represent capillary rupture as in bruising, as is evidenced by the immediate fading of petechiae to echymosis, and the rapid resolution of sha as compared to bruising. The color of sha varies according to the severity of the patient's blood stasis -- which may correlate with the nature, severity and type of their disorder --appearing from a dark blue-black to a light pink, but is most often a shade of red. Although the marks on the skin look painful, they are not. Patients typically feel immediate sense of relief and change. Gua Sha is not known to be harmful. The technique called cupping also leaves distinctive, petechial marks on the skin, but is also harmless. In classical Chinese practice, the Gua Sha technique is most commonly used to:

  •  Reduce fever (the technique was used to treat cholera).
  •  Treat fatigue caused by exposure to heat (often used to treat heat-stroke)or cold.
  •  Cough and dyspnea: bronchitis, asthma, emphysema .
  •  Treat muscle and tendon injuries.
  •  Push sluggish circulation, fibromyalgia .
  •  Treat headache.
  •  Treat stiffness, pain, immobility.
  •  Treat digestive disorders .
  •  Treat urinary, gynecological disorders .
  •  To assist with reactions to food poisoning.
[Top]