Acupuncture is one of several therapies used in the healing system of Chinese Medicine. It has a 2,000-year old written history in China, but dates back before human history was recorded. It is commonly practiced throughout East-Asia, though historical evidence shows variations of acupuncture in the ancient Americas as well.
The ancient Chinese first mapped pathways along the body through which qi travels (the closest translation for qi is vital energy.) They found that illness occurred when the qi flow was interrupted in these energy pathways. By inserting extremely fine needles in specific points along the pathways, the smooth flow of qi is re-established and organ functions are regulated. This can help relax muscles, reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and soothe the mind and heart.
Private sessions take place in one of our three treatment rooms. This privacy allows patients to disrobe when appropriate, and practitioners to access affected body areas easily. Patients receive the benefit of one-on-one attention from their practitioner, and may be able to receive moxibustion (a therapy in which compressed herbs are burned and used indirectly to gently warm acupuncture points), cupping (a treatment using glass cups to create local suction on affected areas, relieving pain and stagnation), and other modalities along with acupuncture.