Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very thin needles to stimulate points on the body where “qi”, or energy resides. By simply accessing these points, acupuncture can improve circulation, regulate immune system function, regulate hormones and neurotransmitters, and promote healing. So, in a nutshell, they help our bodies heal themselves.
The benefits of acupuncture have been studied by the World Health Organization (WHO). Below is a list of benefits for which acupuncture has been shown to be beneficial through WHO studies or additional studies across the world.
-Pain, including head aches, neck issues and especially back pain
-Drug & Alcohol Dependence
-Emotional Sensitivities, including Depression and Anxiety
A non-needle alternative that can still yield some great results. We incorporate acupressure in our weight loss and facial rejuvenation programs. We also educate our patients on simple, at-home uses for acupressure, for everything from headaches, to indigestion, to allergies.
For some sports injury and shoulder tension patients, acutaping is a great way to alleviate pain and promote healing. Creating a flexible splint around an area, acutaping provides support and additional circulation by separating skin from muscle. You may notice the colorful tapes on the legs of joggers around Lady Bird Lake, but the application of acutaping can benefit anyone.
Electrical Stimulation is the use of electricity to increase stimulation or deliver more consistent stimulation to different acupuncture points, with or without needles. It is an adjunct therapy to some treatments and is always used with the patient’s comfort in mind.
Cupping is the use of glass cups and fire to create suction. This action draws toxins away from the body, and at the same time improves circulation to muscles and soft tissue. Cupping is a great way to help with sports injuries, in addition to other conditions it treats.
Gua Sha is the use of friction through heavy rubbing with either a metal, plastic or bone device, to bring toxins to the body’s surface. It is mainly used to stimulate circulation and relieve pain. Most patients find the sensation relaxing, and can experience immediate relief. A more intense treatment, gua sha can cause bruising that will dissipate within a 2-3 days.
Moxibustion (Moxa) is the use of burning herbs to warm and comfort the body. The herbs used are traditionally believed to enter the body’s circulation, warming the interior for joint and muscle pain and improving organ function. Moxa is a great way to strengthen weak digestive functions, and alleviate some types of arthritis.
Herbal Remedies & Diet
Herbs and diet undeniably go hand-in-hand. Did you know that according to some Chinese legends, tea was the very first herb discovered? Those little leaves you might drink from everyday are actually medicine. Minor adjustments to diet can have a surprisingly big impact on your health. Food isn’t just for eating, it’s also for healing. We offers diet recommendations based on traditional Chinese medicine, and herbal remedies as well. Used in conjunction with acupuncture, herb formulas and diet can help with issues from preventative care to acute pain.
Don’t worry, we’re not going to force you into marathon training. Here, we offer breathing and stretching exercises, based on traditional Chinese and Japanese methods, that will help you maintain the benefits of your treatments at home. These simple and gentle exercises can be done upon rising or before bed to promote general well-being.