Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched and practiced form of complementary medicine in the world. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. This includes placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body,. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy) and enhance your overall vitality and health.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.
Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. I then use a smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called "Sha") which detoxify your blood and restores the healthy flow if Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. However, the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.
Facial Renewal Acupuncture is a natural way to reduce sagging skin and diminish fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Each session includes a heated facial mask prior to the placement of hair thin needles, an egg white and chinese herb mask after the removal of the needles and jade rollers used on the face at various times during the treatment. The final touch is Dr. Hauschka's normalizing day oil massaged onto the face.