ACUPUNCTURE FOR YOUR LIFE
"Thorns, although embedded for a long time, still can be pulled out. Stains, although filthy for a long time, still can be washed away. Knots, although tied for a long time, still can be untied. Obstructions, although blocked for a long time, still can be opened up." – Ling Shu, or The Spiritual Pivot
S E R V I C E S
C O N D I T I O N S T R E A T E D
AUTOIMMUNE AND ENDOCRINE
GRIEVING AND LIFE TRANSITION
HEAD, EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (MALE AND FEMALE)
STRESS AND FATIGUE
Acupuncture is a safe, effective, and ancient practice that encompasses the use of fine, sterile needles, moxibustion, cupping, and gua sha along meridians and appropriate acupuncture points to treat disharmonies in the body. Nutritional and lifestyle counseling are integral to treatment as well. This whole person approach works with the body’s inherent self-healing mechanisms.
Applepuncture's Telehealth Services are oriented toward teaching self-regulation and maintenance techniques. We offer the following Telehealth Services:
Medical Qi Gong
Cupping involves the use of glass or plastic “cups” that are placed on specific sites on your body. These cups create a vacuum through the use of heat or suction and, thereby, stimulate the flow of blood and qi to the area. Patients generally report that cupping feels like a deep massage. The suction usually creates a superficial circular bruise, as a result of stagnated blood and qi moving to the surface. The greater the stagnation of qi and blood, the more obvious the discoloration of the ecchymosis. This is a temporary and normal response that will disappear within a few days, as cupping and gua sha increase cellular turnover via the immune system.
Gua sha or "spooning" is a painless, relaxing therapy used to release tension and promote blood flow to specific areas. Similar to cupping, gua sha usually leaves some residual redness or "sha." It is the same superficial bruising (subcutaneous ecchymosis) that occurs with cupping, except that it is not contained within a circle. Unlike deeper bruises with which we are most familiar, the "sha" or ecchymosis from gua sha is superficial and fades within 2-4 days. Instead of cups, a Gua sha tool creates more of a gentle scraping and feels like a massage.
H E R B A L M E D I C I N E
Chinese herbal medicine is part of the larger healing system Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which also includes Acupuncture, Medical Qi Gong, Cupping and Gua Sha, and Dietary Counseling. Prescribed herbal formulas assist in restoring harmony between opposing forces of energy - Yin and Yang - that run through invisible channels in the body.
M E D I C A L Q I G O N G
Medical Qi Gong is an ancient medical art that involves gentle movements and deep breathing to align body-mind-heart-spirit and to promote movement and circulation of Qi (vitality) through the body. It helps build immunity and strength while also promoting relaxation and harmony within the body and spirit. You will be guided through simple, easy movements, postures, and breath regulation, and you will accumulate a routine for your own daily practice.
A C U P R E S S U R E
Acupressure involves therapeutic touch, massage, and pressure on prescribed acupuncture points. Amma is a powerful bodywork therapy that involves gentle massage in order to balance the meridian system.
E L E C T R I C S T I M U L A T I O N
Electroacupuncture or “estim” is traditional acupuncture with the application of mild, pulsating, electric current to the acupuncture needles. Acupuncturists use estim when a patient’s condition would benefit from prolonged needle stimulation at certain sites of soft tissue injury or nerve damage. For example, we might use estim to promote stroke recovery.
F A C I A L R E J U V E N A T I O N
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a non-invasive and natural approach to eliciting the skin's own self-repair mechanisms and immanent health. It is administered in a 12-treatment series, with results lasting 2-5 years. The most significant outcome of the facial rejuvenation series is the experience of and resultant belief in your unique vitality and its radiance outward into our world.
T R I G G E R P O I N T T H E R A P Y
A trigger point is a very tight knot in muscle tissue that causes a specific referral pattern of pain. For example, if you and your friend both have trigger points in your splenius capitus muscles, you will both have pain at the very top of your head because that is the specific referral pattern for that muscle. Acupuncturists, who are trained in Trigger Point Therapy, can release these knots using a special needling technique. Many patients, who are on the edge of getting surgery, do not realize their pain is coming from a group of trigger points. This therapy is truly a lifesaver for such patients and for athletes.
M O B I L E G R O U P A C U P U N C T U R E
Our Mobile Group Acupuncture Clinic travels to you for group wellness events, company health fairs, workshops, and parties. This a great introduction to Acupuncture's powerful medical and spiritual benefits. It's a unique opportunity for people who are curious but unsure about giving Acupuncture a try.