Includes medical intake, acupuncture treatment, and more.
In our intake, we will discuss your life-long medical history, current symptoms, and medications. I will take your pulse using the renowned Shen-Hammer pulse method, a sensitive and elegant diagnostic tool. To complete the full diagnostic picture, I will look at your tongue.
Your acupuncture treatment will consist of 10-15 needles, gently inserted and retained for about 25 minutes. If indicated, your treatment may include moxabustion, cupping, or gua sha at no extra cost, (see below to learn more about these modalities). If recommended, a Chinese herbal prescription can be emailed to you from one of our online herbal dispensaries (Golden Needle or AcuMarket), at an additional cost.
Please wear comfortable, loose clothing.
Please eat a normal breakfast/lunch or snack before your treatment.
All About Acupuncture
Acupuncture consists of inserting fine, filiform needles into particular points on the body, with functions that have been empirically and clinically recognized as effective for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture is relatively painless, and can be applied consistently without complications or side effects. Acupuncture can enhance overall health, including both mental and physical strength, energy, and endurance. I use sterile, single-use disposable needles, employing gentle techniques that allow the experience to be relatively pain-free.
Moxa (artemesiae argyi folium), or mugwort leaf, is a wooly, aromatic herb that is often burned at the head of an acupuncture needle, thereby warming the point under it. For example, needles with moxa around the knee can bring circulation to the area, decrease swelling, and improve movement. Moxa can also be wrapped in a cigar-like "moxa pole" and used to warm the skin. Some acupuncturists use tiny moxa "stick-ons." The benefits of moxa also include healing stagnation, improving circulation, and tonifying weakness.
Gua sha involves scraping oiled skin with a porcelain soup spoon or special tools made from jade or rose quartz. Like cupping, gua sha helps relieve stagnation, and can smooth tense muscles for a healing effect. Gua sha leaves a red discoloration ("sha") similar to cupping, which fades in a few days, as the stagnation in the muscles works its way to the surface of the skin and out of the body. Gua sha feels wonderful, like a massage, and is not painful.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
We prescribe prepared Chinese herbal medicines in the form of tablets, capsules, and granules, using online dispensaries from Golden Needle and AcuMarket. Herbal formulas are especially indicated for internal medical conditions, and together with acupuncture, are integral to the healing process. Formulas without the use of animal products or mushrooms can be made upon request. Please inform your practitioner of any allergies, religious restrictions, or dietary choices such as vegan/vegetarian.
Maybe you have seen the cupping marks on Olympic swimmers on TV? Cupping has been around for thousands of years, and involves placing a suction cup on an area where there is pain and stagnation. "Fire cupping" involves using a small flame to heat the inside of a glass cup, thereby creating a suction. Cupping feels great because it moves Qi and blood, eases pain, and releases tight muscles. It leaves a painless red mark for a few days, as stagnation is brought to the surface of the skin and cleared away by the body. This harmless discoloration is called "sha."
Acupuncture Injection Therapy
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