What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a primary health care treatment modality that has florist in China for over 3000 years. It’s proven clinical effectiveness has been embraced throughout the world and has been gaining broader acceptance as a viable health care option. Acupuncture is a complex system of harmonizing the bodies flow of vital energy, or qi. 

How does acupuncture work? From a bio medical perspective acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscle layer spinal cord and brain this chemical response will either change the experience of the patients pain and / or will trigger the release of other chemicals or hormones.  A needle insertion activates structures under the skin which then sends signals to receptors that communicate with organ systems and the brain.  Depending upon the point location and acupuncture is can target a specific neurotransmitter of which some can be increase and or decreased for a desired effect.

Can acupuncture be used with my standard western medicine treatment? Yes. Traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine compliment each other and are frequently used synergistically for optimal health.

What is Electro acupuncture and is it safe? Electro acupuncture is a completely safe and effective treatment option that is especially effective for pain relief stroke rehabilitation and other neurological disorder. It involves the use of small electrical impulses administered through acupuncture needles. The amount of current used is adjusted to the patients level of comfort and is measured in microamperes at a frequency ranging from zero to 200 Hz.

What are the side effects of acupuncture in does it hurt? One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of serious side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding on entry for removal in our sterile one time use needles. The acupuncture needle is very fine inflexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases there is no discomfort the patient may experience a sense of heaviness in the area of insertion. A patient may also have a little bruising at the insertion site. We recommend that patients come fully hydrated and on a full stomach.


What is cupping?  Cupping involves the application of suction through the use of glass plastic, silicone or bamboo cups to specific acupuncture points on the body. Cupping stimulates the site of application by producing a negative pressure on the body. Cupping is a and effective modality 4 localized pain soreness congested blood and inflammation.  The use of silicone a silicone cup on the face helps to increase blood flow college in synthesis and tone to the structures of the face.


What is Gwa Sha? 

A traditional East Asian medicine healing technique that applies instrument-assisted unidirectional “press-stroking” of a lubricated area of body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petchiae representing extravasacation of blood in the subcutis.

Gwa Sha is recommended to muscular skeletal problems, respiratory infections, cough, as well as autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus to name a few.  Gwa Sha is an effective treatment for neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, mid and low back pain, soft tissue injuries, and postherpetic neuralgia.

Gwa Sha is a safe method of intervention that should be considered for the above conditions and utilized as an adjunct treatment approach.


Facial Gwa Sha is a very effective tool for anti-aging.  Utilizing facial gwa sha tools to for the contour of the face we are able to increase blood flow, reduce swelling and puffy eyes, diminish the appearance of wrinkles, and assist in collagen synthesis.