Each patient visit starts with a customized acupuncture treatment. Other traditional modalities may be included if necessary. Please scroll to learn more.

 
Acupuncture for stress relief.

Acupuncture for stress relief.

Acupuncture

All living beings strive to maintain balance.  Humans have evolved complex systems that keep the body functioning properly.  Over the long-term, imbalances occur naturally from lifestyle, diet, and injuries. Unchecked, more persistent health issues can manifest as symptoms such as headaches, neck pain, fatigue, a cough, poor sleep, allergies, digestive issues, muscle spasms, etc. The goal of acupuncture is to eliminate symptoms and correct any underlying dysfunctions by bringing the body into energetic balance, and enable the body's own healing mechanisms.   Acupuncture is effective for pain elimination and restoring health.  No matter the symptom, we take a holistic approach and implement corrective measures from the ground up.  Benefits of regular acupuncture include decreased pain, improved sleep and energy, stress relief, and enhanced mood. 

Rebecca relieves neck and back pain with sliding fire cupping. Photo:  Jacklyn Lune

Rebecca relieves neck and back pain with sliding fire cupping. Photo: Jacklyn Lune

Cupping

Every muscle and organ is surrounded by connective tissue called fascia. This fascia surrounds us like saran wrap and helps give our body structure. When fascia is dehydrated or inflamed, our muscles can stick to one another causing pain and limited mobility. The negative pressure provided by fire cupping relieves spasms and adhesions and helps loosen the muscles by physically separating this fascia. This promotes oxygenation of the tissue, improving circulation and as a result, detoxifies the body. Marks may appear on the body and the darkness and intensity show how much toxicity has built up. They can take 3-10 days to fade depending on the strength and energy of the individual. Cupping is often used to alleviate back and neck pain, but can be also used for anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and insomnia. It is also great for symptoms of common cold, cough, and asthma. Cupping is usually combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can be used alone as well.

Powerlifter,  Brian Perez , receives Gua Sha between workouts to recover faster. Photo:  Jacklyn Lune

Powerlifter, Brian Perez, receives Gua Sha between workouts to recover faster. Photo: Jacklyn Lune

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a manual healing technique that releases spasms and tension and relieves pain. Gua means “scrape” and Sha means “sand”. Crunchy or knotted skin were traditionally described as a sandy texture, but are now known to be bound muscles and fascial tissue. By scraping the surface of the skin, we are able to break up any of these knotted muscles. Commonly used tools or scrapers include a ceramic Chinese soup spoon, or flat stone with an edge carved from jade or rose quartz. Redness or ‘sha’ following the treatment is common and may take 2-4 days to fade. This is the body’s natural way of healing. The patient usually experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, and even fever or cough.


Customized herbal formula being made Kamwo Pharmacy in Chinatown.

Customized herbal formula being made Kamwo Pharmacy in Chinatown.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine has evolved over thousands of years. The Chinese Herbal Medicinal Pharmacopeia contains hundreds of roots, stems, leaves, fruits, skins, seeds, tubers, and even a few minerals and insects. Herbs are categorized by function and always used in a group called a formula. A formula may be composed of a handful to over a dozen single medicinals. Formulas can be ordered raw and prepared at home. This is considered the most effective way of consuming herbal medicine since patients are engaged with the process of preparing their medicine and formulas can be modified easily. Medicinal formulas can also be prepared in granular and prepared patents. With each degree of processing, potency is sacrificed for convenience. The purpose of Herbal medicine is to redirect our energy in order to heal. Our products are sourced from reputable distributors which follow strict farming, harvesting, processing, and manufacturing guidelines.

Easing a sports injury with moxibustion.

Easing a sports injury with moxibustion.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of moxa, usually made from dried mugwort leaves. Moxa comes in various different formats such as loose, cones, and sticks, all with the goal of generating heat to penetrate deep into the body. The technique is often combined with acupuncture and is very effective for pain from injury and arthritis, menstrual cramps, digestive disorders, and the common cold.

Acupressure on channels to relieve pain. Photo:  Jacklyn Lune

Acupressure on channels to relieve pain. Photo: Jacklyn Lune

Tui Na

Tui Na is a form of Chinese medical massage. Tui means to “to Push” and Na means “to Lift and Squeeze”. The practitioner may roll, knead, press, brush, grab, and vibrate the channels and meridians that have deficiencies or blockages. This is often used for musculoskeletal conditions, but can also be used in delicate areas like the neck and jaw. Gentle pediatric Tui Na is a way to unblock channels in infants and toddlers for digestive and sleep issues.