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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.

Tui Na

Moxibustion, Cupping, TuiNa, & 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. 

Gua Sha

Moxibustion, Cupping, TuiNa, & GuaSha - Gua sha ("gwa shah") is adapted from an ancient Chinese folk medicine remedy that is very effective for muscle pain, colds and flus, and fever. Gua sha works similar to cupping, except that the relief is achieved by using a stroking movement over the skin with a flat piece of horn, jade, or a Chinese soup spoon. When treating pain or illness, oil is applied to the skin first. When treating fever, alcohol is used. 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. With a Traditional Chinese Medicine differential diagnosis as the root of the treatment, acu-taping has applications beyond just muscle or joint pain to include bowel and menstrual disorders, for example, as well. Acu-taping is used to reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood and qi circulation, and improve the strength and function of weak muscles.