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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Moxibustion is a safe, non-invasive technique that involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort (known as moxa) or a charcoal version of mugwort. Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth and correct flow of blood and qi, helping the tissues of the body to heal and health to reset. A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 showed a 75 percent success rate in changing the fetus from a breech presentation to normal presentation by using moxibustion. Other common applications of moxibustion include tendinitis, coldness in body in general or cold limbs, and menstrual and abdominal cramping. Moxibustion may be used alone, but it is typically used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.

Tui Na

Moxibustion, Cupping, Tui Na, & GuaSha - Tui na ("tway nah") means "pushing grasping," and is a powerful form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridian channels. Tui na is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems and sports injuries. It can also be used to treat internal diseases.


Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineCupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings stagnant blood to the surface, fresh blood to the area, and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction are also used. In our office, we use both types of cups. Adding cupping to a treatment often reduces the number of treatments needed from several to just a few. It can be that powerful.

Gua Sha

Moxibustion, Cupping, Tui Na, & GuaSha - Gua sha ("gwa shah") is adapted from an ancient Chinese folk medicine remedy that is very effective for relief of muscle pain, colds and flus, and fever. Gua sha works similarly to cupping, except that the relief is achieved by using a stroking movement over the skin with a flat piece of horn or jade. The stroking movements bring "sha" to the skin level from the muscle level. Sha looks similar to a skin rash - reddish and raised, but is temporary and painless, and clients feel immediate relief. Very often, we teach our clients how to use this remedy at home to help keep the entire family healthy. It's easy to learn and is very effective.


Acu-taping is a relatively new treatment method that combines kinesio-taping with acupuncture energy meridian therapy. Although used mostly for sports injuries, acu-taping is not used to immobilize a body part, but to enhance healing by applying gentle tension along the acupuncture energy meridians. This tension works along with normal body movement to facilitate healing. Acu-taping is used to reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood and qi circulation, and improve the strength and function of weak muscles. 


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