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During your session any one or a combination of the following modalities of Chinese medicine may be implemented:
Acupuncture involves unblocking and accessing energy (Qi) along various channels that traverse the body. Insertion of very thin needles at designated acupuncture points along the channel accesses the energy of the channel. Each acupuncture point has specific functions when stimulated.
Chinese herbs used in combination as an herbal formula address internal imbalances by tonifying or supplementing deficiencies or reducing excesses. External herbal applications are also available for dermatological conditions.
Mugwort (Artemisiae Argyii Folium) is a chinese herb formed into a stick which is burned and held a few inches above the skin over acupoints to warm the point. Varying techniques can be used to tonify (supplement) deficiencies or reduce excesses thereby connecting to the energetics of that point.
Glass cups are placed on areas of the skin where there is pain or tension. Suction is applied by heating the interior of the cups to create a vacuum. Cupping is used to release tension and unblock stagnation.
A scraping technique done with a smooth edged instrument is used to release pathogens from the skin. This technique often results in the appearance of petechiae or discoloration of the skin indicating the presence of stagnation or a pathogenic factor.
Manual manipulation somewhat similar to massage used to open the channels. Literally translated as "push grasp".
Gentle exercises which activate acupuncture channels and balance energies of the channels and organs by integrating physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intention.
Conditions commonly addressed with acupuncture include but are not limited to:
Immune system support and general health maintainance
Smoking cessation and weight loss support