The initial appointment of private treatments lasts between 60-90 minutes and includes a longer intake so I can better understand your overall health and condition for which you seek treatment. Follow-up appointments last for 45-60 minutes. Usually several acupuncture appointments are needed to assess how well your body and condition respond to the treatments. Although fast healing can occur, a long-standing problem usually takes time to resolve. To truly return to a better state of health requires patience as the layers are peeled away but the reward is a more balanced you that is lasting. Having studied both Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture I am able to adjust the treatment to what is best for the patient.
Other adjunctive techniques can be used during your treatment if it suits your condition at the time. Some of these include the following:
MOXIBUSTION is the use of burning the mugwort herb near or on the skin. It is administered in various ways including a stick, cones, on the end of a needle, in threads, and in various tools designed to hold the herb while it burns and smokes. It is used to warm the body and increase the flow of blood and fluids.
CUPPING is another ancient technique dating back to the Han Dynasty. Originally made from horns and bamboo the cups we use today are usually made from glass. The two forms used are “fire cupping” and “vacuum cupping”. During Fire Cupping the practitioner uses fire to swipe inside the cup, clearing it of oxygen and creating a vacuum when placed on the skin. Vacuum Cupping achieves this with a pump. The vacuum formed draws the old, stagnant blood and fluids from the area up to the surface and away from the deeper, more susceptible parts of the body. This allows the toxins to come to the surface and be dealt with in a “safer” place. Cupping leaves dark marks for several days in the areas where the cups were placed.
GUA SHA is another technique used to bring “toxins” to the surface and is often applied for pain and knotted muscles. The practitioner uses a rounded-edge tool such as a ceramic spoon to “scrape” the surface of the skin, drawing stagnation out. This technique leaves markings on the skin in the form of petechia, or red splotches, called “sha”. Lactic and uric acid build up beneath the skin or within a bound up muscle due to the lack of drainage caused by the decreased blood flow, from spasm or injury. It is thought that this metabolic waste turns crystalline and by breaking up the crystals with the gua sha tool can lead to microscopic trauma to blood vessels. Sha is a sign that the metabolic waste products have been released into the tissue and is a positive sign for an initial treatment as it lets you know changes are happening in the underlying muscle tissue and fascia.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE appointments require a detailed intake to fully understand you and your condition. A formula will be prescribed alone or in conjunction with acupuncture and other techniques. When prescribed alone the initial appointment lasts between 30-45 minutes and follow-up appointments 20-30 minutes, and when prescribed in conjunction with acupuncture the appointments are blended together. Herbal treatment is a form of internal medicine and can deal with conditions that acupuncture and other techniques cannot. Initially, a weekly visit is necessary but can become every other week or longer between follow-up appointments. Here is a link to the herbal dispensary where your prescription will be filled: http://www.nesa.edu/dispensary/faq
CHINESE FOOD THERAPY addresses your nutritional needs based on Oriental medical theory. The practitioner suggests the best foods at the moment based on your individual diagnosis. This is incorporated into the acupuncture and/or herbal medicine appointments, as needed.
**Average cost herbs is $15-20 per week plus a small shipping fee
PAYMENT METHODS: currently Check or Cash accepted