Traditional Chinese Medicine uses an entire toolbox of techniques.
In addition to acupuncture, you may receive additional services as part of your treatment, which will be discussed between you and Julie.
The use of various modalities are included in the cost of treatment without any additional fees, and includes:
Needles are used in specific places on the body to facilitate and regulate blood and qi flow. Most people feel just a tiny prick when the needle first enters the skin. They will often remain in for several minutes, during which time most people relax completely. Acupuncture is useful in treating conditions ranging from back or neck pain to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.
Glass cups are used to apply suction to skin, muscle, and tissue. Once applied, the cups are either slid over the skin with the help of oil (moving cupping), or left for a period of time (stationary cupping). This stimulates blood and lymph flow to an area where an impairment of flow may be causing pain and stiffness. Cupping is useful to relieve muscle tension, improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair.
Moxabustion, or moxa for short, is an external heat therapy bringing a pleasant warmth to the area of the body being worked on. While various dried herbs can be used, mugwort is the most common. Moxa is used to promote circulation over areas of chronic pain or muscle tension and can help with digestive problems, gynecological and obstetrical conditions, and strengthens the immune system.
Gua sha is the practice of using a tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin to relieve pain and tension. This action causes light bruising, which often appears as purple or red spots. Gua Sha helps reduce inflammation, so it's often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain.
Chinese Herbal Remedies
In the traditional system of Chinese herbal medicine, herbal formulas can be used to treat virtually any condition. Some of the most common uses in China include liver disease, IBS, sexual dysfunction and infertility, insomnia, colds and flus, menstruation issues and menopause, and cancer treatment support. Herbs can often be taken as a pill, tea, or topically.
While the use of the above modalities during your session can help bring about significant change to your life, your acupuncturist may also recommend lifestyle changes to help you reach your wellness goals. Diet and lifestyle choices are key contributors to many health issues. Dr. Julie believes food is medicine and helps support patients to make small changes that will amplify the impact of their treatment.