Acupuncture is performed by the insertion of sterilized needles into specific points on different areas of the body. Most patients report little or no sensation. Some may feel a subtle pinch or dull ache. Acupuncture helps to restore the disharmonies that are causing imbalances in the body. Imbalances disrupt the movement of the life force energy we all possess called Qi (pronounced chee). Acupuncture harmonizes the smooth flow of qi through the insertion of the needle along the meridian pathways. The smooth flow of qi ensures optimal wellness.
Moxibustion, or “moxa”, is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used for thousands of years to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health. For direct moxa use, your acupuncturist will shape the moxa herb into a small cone that is then placed directly on an acupuncture point and gently lit. The feeling of warmth in addition to the healing properties of the mugwort herb will penetrate the skin. Indirect moxa involves using moxa over the skin with either a moxa stick being moved over the skin, placing the herb directly on the needle, or other modalities.
Cupping pairs well with acupuncture. It is administered by placing glass, plastic, or silicone cups on the skin to create suction. This suction aids in releasing tension by increasing blood flow to the tense or sore area. Cupping provides many benefits including reduction of inflammation and pain, relaxation, strengthening of the immune system, releasing stress, and providing a boost to your general well-being.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a gentle, chemical-free technique used to enhance the quality of facial skin. The skin will repair itself to a more youthful state through a series of treatments, without the need to inject any fillers or toxins. This technique is known to reduce and/or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.
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