Cupping involves usage of special glass cups to create a suction on your body. The cups may be left in place, slid around, or placed over a needle or bleeding point in order to get the appropriate effect.
Cupping often leaves circular purple marks on the skin for a few days after treatment.
Cupping alone: $40
Cupping add-on to acupuncture: $35
Moxibustion can be used to treat and prevent various disease by applying heat to points or specific locations on the body. The herb used is mugwort (Artemesia Vulgaris), and can be used in various forms either near or directly on the skin.
Gua Sha is sometimes called 'scraping,' and involves using a smooth edged blunt implement rubbed repeatedly over an area of lubricated skin. Gua Sha is great for assisting in the release of muscle tension or for helping to fevers
Electrical Stimulation - "E-Stim"
E-stim involves the use of a small battery operated unit which provieds a small current to the needles it is attached to. It is similar to a TENS unit often used in physical therapy, but instead of electrode patches on the skin, we connect it to our acupuncture needles.
E-stim has a variety of applications ranging from increasing blood flow, stimulating WBC production, enhancing immunity, alleviating pain, and calming the mind just to name a few.
When most people hear 'bleeding' they think of the old practices of bloodletting which involved significant blood loss for the patient. This is NOT what we mean when we say bleeding. Bleeding involves the use of a small, single use lancet (much like one someone is diabetic might use to check their blood sugar) to prick the skin and release a small amount of blood.
There are may applications/uses for bleeding which include but are not limited to headache, other body pains, swelling, fevers, numbness of fingers and toes, hypertension, nausea and vomiting
Tui Na is the name given to Chinese Medical Massage. While it is much different than what may come to mind when you think of massage, it is useful in treating muscle pains, neurological issues, helping with relaxation and disease prevention, and can even be used to help lessen the symptoms of acute onset of a common cold.