Acupuncture & Gua Sha
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are safe, effective, and drug-free options for the treatment of most non-emergency conditions. Based on the theory of "health through balance," acupuncture and Chinese medicine are uniquely capable of diagnosing and treating the imbalances that cause disease and the related symptoms. Health is a state of optimal balance, where all of your systems are working in a coordinated, functional way.
An acupuncture treatment is the insertion of extremely thin stainless steel needles into precise points on the body. The combination of points are prescribed based on the pattern of imbalance determined by the practitioner.
Gua Sha is a technique commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to alleviate pain and treat chronic and acute conditions. It is very effective in alleviating chronic pain from muscle tension, recent injuries, or older injuries as it promotes circulation in the affected area.
Who It can Benefit
Neck, shoulder, back and knee pain
Hepatitis (has been evaluated by Harvard for effectiveness!)
How It Works
The practitioner uses a smooth tool (usually porcelain, jade, or wood) and gently scrapes along the surface of the skin in areas where tension, scar tissues, or adhesions exist. As the stroke is performed, friction and heat occur, which lead to mast cells. This type of white blood cell produces inflammatory signals that result in a pink/purple discoloration on the skin. This is a therapeutic inflammation, which is helpful to healing. This inflammation acts as the catalyst for the body to start its own healing process, as it increases circulation to the area by 400%. Often, red marks called petechiae will appear, which present like a bruise, but are in fact different as they do not cause swelling. The marks left usually fade and disappear within 2-5 days.