Treatment

I use Acupuncture and other forms of Oriental medicine, including Massage, Cupping and Moxibustion. This form of treatment has been proven effective for many conditions, from pain to asthma to women’s health.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles (about the width of a human hair) into the body.  Its normal to feel anxious about receiving Acupuncture as new clients are not sure what to expect. Receiving Acupuncture is not like receiving an injection it is relatively painless and many people find Acupuncture to be pleasant and relaxing. Often after someone has received Acupuncture for the first time they feel more relaxed and much more comfortable with receiving treatment.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective method for treating acute and chronic pain and dis-ease in your body. It has been used in Asia for centuries to treat pain and injury and is used by millions of people in Asian and Western countries today.

Not only can it be very effective in the treatment of injury Acupuncture can also be used to treat a wide range of health concerns from digestive complaints, stress, high blood pressure, constipation, headaches/migraines, PMT, anxiety to name a few! Check out the Conditions Treated page to see how many ailments Acupuncture can be used for!

Chinese Massage(Tuina)

Chinese Massage or Tuina is a style of massage that is often referred to as Acupuncture without the needles.

Acupuncture points are massaged instead of needled to help relieve tension or treat for common injuries or health complaints. Chinese Massage is very effective for relieving knots and tension in sore muscles. For those clients who are interested but still not ready for Acupuncture, Chinese Massage can be a great alternative.

Cupping

Cupping is the use of suction cups to an area of the body to relieve tension and increase blood circulation. It is great on tight necks and shoulders or lower backs!

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the use of heat near the Acupuncture points to help improve blood circulation and warm the body. It is very useful for treatment of chronic pains or ailments, and any condition that is adversely affected by, or feel worse, for cold temperatures.

Treatment

All treatments begin with a proper diagnosis, which takes place during your first visit.

I’ll spend time getting a picture of your health and lifestyle. I may examine the condition of your tongue (is it cracked, coated, excessively pink? etc.), and check your pulse at both wrists (the quality of your pulse gives information about possible imbalances).

I may also ask questions about your emotional state, and specific symptoms you may have. This is done because Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) looks to treat the whole person. Instead of merely focusing on the symptoms of your condition, TCM treats the underlying cause of those symptoms.

The first visit (with diagnosis) will last an hour including the acupuncture treatment which takes 30-40min. Your subsequent visits may take less time but usually treatments are an hour long. At each subsequent visit I will take a short review of your progress followed by treatment.

If it’s warranted, I may also prescribe a herbal formula or refer you to a TCM Herbalist. Herbs are nearly always prescribed in a balanced formula, where different herbs have supporting effects. Thousands of years of use and research have shown that this is far more effective than large doses of a single substance.

Typically acupuncture treatments are given once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, treatments may be given 2-3 times per week until the condition starts to come under control. The exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to acupuncture.