Acupuncture is an effective medical treatment which has been performed for thousands of years. Using single-use, hair-thin needles, licensed practitioners target specific locations to promote positive change in the body. Acupuncture has been found to decrease inflammation, increase blood flow and regulate hormonal imbalances. The World Health Organization currently recognizes acupuncture to treat dozens of conditions.
In the state of California, Licensed Acupuncturists complete a four year masters program and take a comprehensive board exam administered by the California Acupuncture Board. Click here for more information about how acupuncture works.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine makes use of substances found in nature many of which have antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Herbal formulas dating back thousands of years are used to effectively treat a wide variety of ailments including insomnia and depression. In modern times, herbal formulas are most frequently administered in capsule or pill-form; though teas, tinctures and poultices may also be used.
Moxibustion, more commonly called "moxa", is an herbal therapy in which the dried herb Artemisia Vulgaris is burned and held over specific acupuncture points. There are different ways to administer Moxa. Most commonly in the U.S., moxa is rolled into a cigar-like shape making it easy to hold in one's hand while placing the lit moxa stick over one or several acupuncture points. Another common form of moxa is rolled like a cigar and then sliced into smaller marshmallow-like pieces which are light enough to place at the end of an acupuncture needle before being lit. The moxa will burn until it goes out on its own. The patient will usually describe the treatment as a pleasant, warming sensation which lasts anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Moxa is used to treat chronic pain, low energy, and - believe it or not - can be used to turn a breech baby!
Chinese Fire Cupping
Cupping is typically performed with glass cups. The practitioner uses a hemostat to clamp an alcohol-soaked cotton ball which will be lit on fire. The end of the hemostat with the lit cotton ball is inserted into the cup then pulled out before quickly placing the cup on the skin. This creates a vacuum inside the cup, pulling up on the skin and superficial tissues below. Cupping is used for a variety of ailments including back pain, muscle tension and asthmatic conditions.
Diet is a key component to one's health and not everyone responds well to the same foods. Knowing which foods may help or aggravate ones condition will be extremely valuable on a journey to better health. As Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, we take into account your overall condition to give dietary recommendations tailored to your body's specific needs. Depending on your individual health goals, you may be asked to fill out a five day food diary. This will be assessed by your practitioner to decide which foods may need to be eliminated from or incorporated into your diet to bring about balance in the body.
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – to reduce pain, relax muscle tension, rehabilitate injuries, stimulate lymphatic flow, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall health and wellness. Our Certified Massage Therapist, Erika, is well-studied in many modalities including Deep Tissue, Neuro-muscular and Cranio-Sacral Therapies, Energy Medicine, Swedish, Trigger point, Sports Massage, Myofascial release, Dynamic Stretching, and Pre/Post Natal. She has over 1200 hours of training, 14 years experience, and has the knowledge and experience to individually tailor her sessions to her clients’ specific needs.
INITIAL ACUPUNCTURE VISIT - $149
FOLLOW UP ACUPUNCTURE VISIT -$89
RE-EXAM WITH ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT (for existing patients) - $125
CUPPING THERAPY - $0-40*
MASSAGE - see massage link here.
*Cupping therapy of one area of the body is included with follow up acupuncture treatments. There is a $40 fee for patients needing multiple areas of the body worked on. Starting January 1, 2020 cupping will not be included with the price of acupuncture.