chinese medicine

natural healing

In Chinese Medicine, the practitioner regards each patient as a whole. Rather than focusing on a specific illness to be defeated, we take a look at the entire person - body, mind and spirit - to find imbalances and understand where they stem from and, as importantly,  how everything can be put into homeostasis again.


We strongly believe in nurturing body and soul, rather than battling against the body. If you do as well -  let's schedule an appointment to get you started on your path to wellness!

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acupuncture

creating homeostasis

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine, filiform needles through the skin at specific points on the body with the intention of manipulating Qi. TCM practitioners use acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions, including: 

  • Pain

  • Injury

  • Trauma

  • Repetitive strain conditions like tennis elbows and carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Headache

  • Women's Health

  • Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis

  • Back pain and sciatica

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Dysmenorrhea and other gynecological conditions

  • Asthma

  • Post operative and chemotherapy nausea

  • Stroke rehabilitation

  • Patients undergoing recovery from addiction and substance abuse

Acupuncture

acupuncture for facial rejuvenation

a safe and effective alternative to botox and fillers

This treatment is aimed at balancing the skin and returning it to a younger and more youthful state. Every part of this treatment will be selected to address your specific wishes and individual needs. Facial gua sha and cupping along with high potency serums round out this incredible treatment.

Step 1: Needles

Inserting very fine acupuncture needles stimulates skin-cell turn over, triggers the production of collagen and elastin while at the same time relaxing the connective tissue between the skin and muscles. Specific locations are chosen for the needles to help tight facial muscles relax. The needles also activate muscles that have weakened and are causing the face to sag and droop.


Step 2: Red Light Therapy

Once the facial needles are inserted, near-infrared Red Light Therapy (RLT) is added. With RLT, low-power red light wavelengths are emitted directly through the skin. RLT increases blood circulation, helping to bring more oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and cells. The process does not produce any heat or cause the skin to tan and is very relaxing and completely pain-free.


Step 3: Microcurrent 

The Microcurrent treatment mirrors your own body’s electrical output by emitting very similar low-voltage electrical currents. These currents trigger the body’s production of amino acids, to help maintain the skin's hydration, texture and resilience, as well as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which provides the energy for the many processes occurring in our cells. Another vital function of Microcurrent is accelerated cell repair and overall promotion of healthier cell production. Think of Microcurrent facials as a form of muscular re-education for the face, or  “facial workout”. The Microcurrent is used here in combination with a luxurious facial sheet mask.

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gua sha

strokes that improve circulation

Gua Sha is a technique used in traditional East Asian medicine. Most commonly it is used to treat muscle pain and tension, and patients report feeling less muscle tightness and an increased range of motion. 
Gua sha aims to move energy, known as qi, around the body. The treatment involves using a tool (I like to use jade) to rub the skin in long strokes, applying enough pressure to create minor bruising.
Gua sha may also help to break down scar tissue and connective tissue, improving movement in the joints. The treatment does not have any serious side effects but some soreness is common for a few hours after the treatment.

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moxibustion

some like it hot!

​In Chinese Medicine, we love warmth! Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique thousands of years old.  It involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. The purpose of moxibustion is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain overall health.

​Moxa is particularly beneficial for:

  • Pain due to injury or arthritis, especially in "Cold" patterns where the pain naturally feels better with the application of heat

  • GI problems 

  • Gynecological and obstetrical conditions, including breech presentation 

  • Protection against cold and flu strains

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motorpoint acupuncture

functional orthopedic-style acupuncture

The motor point in muscle is the junction where the motor nerve innervates the skeletal muscle. Treating motor points releases chronic contraction of muscles that can lead to pain. The goal is to erase muscle inhibition and get the muscles to fire better. People with chronic pain as well as athletes looking to improve performance benefit in particular from this treatment. Chances are, if you are over 40, your muscles need this tune-up.

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cupping

everyone's favorite!

Think of cupping as the opposite of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward, into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, relieve pain,  remove 'Heat' and pull out toxins that linger in your body's tissues.

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