Acupuncture is the practice of placing whisker-thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body to obtain proper quality, quantity and balance of blood and Qi; the vital energy in all living things. Qi and blood reside in channels that flow throughout the entire body and provide nourishment to all tissues just as water resides in a river and provides nourishment to all plants along the bank.

Acupuncture is virtually pain free and, in fact, many people end up taking a nap while they lay with the needles in them.


Cupping and Gua Sha

Cupping is an ancient therapy where glass cups are suctioned to the skin. This helps to promote blood flow and facilitate healing by bringing “old blood” to the surface of the body where it is more easily cleared. Often a non-tender mark resembling a bruise will be left on the skin for a few days where the cup was placed.

Gua Sha uses the same theories for treatment, but instead of suction a rounded spoon is used to gently scrape the skin. This also helps to bring blood flow to the local area and will leave a mark on the skin.


Moxabustion is a type of heat therapy used for a wide variety of ailments. The mugwort plant (Artemisiae Argyi) is dried and ground up into a cotton-like substance called moxa that is burned directly on the skin and snuffed out before reaching the skin. Mugwort can also be further processed into a cigar shaped stick used to heat large areas of the body or charcoals that burn on the needle to provide heat to a focused area.


Herbal Prescriptions

Chinese herbal remedies are comprised of mostly plant but also animal substances. There are hundreds of prescriptions, each tailored to treat specific symptoms that are presenting within a disorder. Herbs are used to help restore balance in the body and therefore can be taken to aid many conditions ranging from, but not limited to, common cold, pain, menstrual disorders, headaches, digestive disorders, and even help prevent hangovers! Herbs can be taken internally as a tea brewed from raw herbs or more simply in pill, tincture or granular form. They can also be applied topically as creams or tinctures.