Tools of the Trade
Acupuncture is the use of ultra-fine disposable needles, which are inserted at specific points of the body to very precisely redirect the flow of qi or energy throughout the body. There are over three hundred sixty acupoints on the body, and each has its own specific function. Ultimately, acupuncture allows the body to function in a more efficient and balanced state and it accomplishes this through a decrease in the body’s stress and inflammatory responses.
Acupuncture needles are as fine as a hair. They are stainless steel, solid, sterile, disposable, and can be inserted almost painlessly. They are nothing like the hypodermic needles you’ve experienced getting a shot or vaccination at the doctor’s office. Acupuncture needles do not inject anything into your body. Much of the lasting pain and discomfort associated with hypodermic needles is due to the medications injected into your body.
A typical treatment can last from twenty to forty minutes. After a treatment most patients feel relaxed and rejuvenated, with partial or total relief of symptoms treated.
Moxibustion is a technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
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Cupping therapy is great for increasing circulation, releasing tight and fatigued muscles, reducing myofascial pain, and clearing colds and flus. It can be used in addition to acupuncture or by itself. The cups work to separate the muscle from the fascial layer and give a complete fascial release and promote good blood flow.
Acupuncture works through manipulating the energy that is already present in the body, but at times it is necessary to add energy to the system to give the body the resources that it needs to heal. This can be done two ways, with food and with herbal medicines. The wonderful thing about herbal medicines is that there are far fewer complications and side effects than with western pharmaceuticals. In addition, there is no risk of dependency.
Nutritional Advice & Whole food based Supplements
As part of the holistic approach Chinese medicine looks at your whole heath picture and nutrition is no exception to this. We start by looking at your diet to see what you are doing well and what needs to be improved in order to create the healthiest, most efficient and well balanced system that we can. With a happy internal environment the body has the tools it needs to heal itself.
Another tool that we can use to help create this optimal internal environment is whole food based supplements. In a world where is it is becoming more and more challenging to get the proper nutrition solely from the foods we eat the use of supplements can fill in those nutritional gaps.
Tui na/Massage Therapy
There are times when your practitioner may feel that some massage or body work is needed as part of your treatment. With over ten years of body work experience Serena draws from a variety of styles and techniques based on your individual needs and concerns. This may include Chinese tui na, deep tissues techniques, or myofascial release.