Acupuncture has been used for over 3,000 years to treat disease and increase health and wellness. It works by restoring the natural balance of the body through the insertion of very fine, safe, disposable needles. According to Chinese Medical Theory, there are hundreds of acupuncture points on the body located on meridian pathways. When we needle those points, the qi (energy) of the body is accessed and the body begins the healing process.
It is common to see improvement in your condition after the first 1-3 visits. The average length of treatment for most conditions is 6-10 visits to see a more significant and lasting change. Length of treatment will vary depending on a number of factors that include whether the problem is chronic or acute, its severity, the age and relative health of the patient and how well the treatment plan is followed.
If you are new to acupuncture, you may be hesitant to try it due to a concern about needles. Acupuncture needles are very tiny, about the size of a few hairs. They are not at all like the needles you have experienced in a doctor's office. They do not hurt and you'll be surprised at how little you feel when they are inserted and you'll be even more pleasantly surprised at how relaxed you'll feel once they are.
Cupping has been used in many cultures for thousands of years for many different conditions. It is often a very effective treatment for colds and flu, respiratory issues or to relieve pain. It can also result in the body feeling very relaxed.
Cupping is a suction technique designed to pull toxins from the deeper tissue to the surface of the skin for easier elimination. It increases blood flow to muscles and surrounding tissue, and is able to break up adhesions in the tissue that might be contributing to pain or muscle tension.
Cups are generally left on for 5-10 minutes. It will often result in circular marks that can range in color from light yellow to very deep purple depending on the degree of stagnation.