Acupuncture promotes health and alleviates pain and suffering. It is a time tested medical system that continues to be validated today.
An Acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of vital energy or qi that runs along pathways, known as meridians or channels by taking the pulse on each wrist and reading the shape, color and coating of the tongue.
We insert thin, sterile, stainless steel needles along the Meridians to guide healing energy to the pathways and organs via mild stimulation. Often, the patient experiences an immediate relaxation effect. Depending on the underlying problem, energy flow may be increased or decreased, achieving energizing or calming effects.
Acupuncture evolved from principles and philosophies unique to Oriental thinking and Oriental Medicine, and is most effectively applied when done in accordance with those principles.
Some of these concepts are the balance of Yin and Yang, and interaction of the Five Elements: Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire. These principles will be discussed with you as they apply to your individual situation.
Our Ear is a micro system representing the entire body. When body areas are not accessible (i.e. in injury, pregnancy), the ear is used to treat a variety of conditions. Ear Acupuncture has become popular in the treatment of substance abuse and addiction, and has proven highly effective.
Tiny press points may be used to support long-term effects of an Acupuncture treatment.
Moxibustion or Moxa Therapy
is a traditional Chinese medicine technique used for warming Acupoints, and boosting the flow of Qi and Blood, and improving general health. It involves the burning of mugwort, a spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means “acupuncture-moxibustion.”
What is moxibustion used for?
The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and Qi. In Western medicine, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations experienced a rotation of the fetus to the normal position after receiving moxibustion. Other studies have shown that moxibustion reduces menstrual cramps when used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture.
is a deep therapeutic form of hands-on massage originating from China, and uses rhythmic compression techniques along the Acupuncture Channels to enhance and harmonize the flow of Qi throughout the body. Tuina helps relieve deep pain, and often produces rapid results.
Tui Na focuses on specific problems, both acute and chronic. It is especially effective with headaches, and pain in the neck, shoulders, upper and lower back, arms and hands, legs and feet. At Artemesia, Tui Na is integrated into Acupuncture sessions as needed.
is an ancient form of therapy in which special cups are placed on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Cupping helps relieve pain and inflammation, increases blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and feels like deep-tissue massage. The cups may be made of glass, bamboo, silicone or plastic.
Cupping therapy has become popular during the 2016 Summer Olympics, when Michael Phelps showed up with highly visible cupping marks. He has been a real fan of this therapy, which has helped him in intensive training, preventing muscle soreness and injury. Cupping might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures.
is applied in situations of severe pain, for muscle toning, and to help improve athletic performance. This micro-electric stimulation has been shown to heal muscle and nerve impairments, and has helped speed recuperation from stroke, neuralgia, and surgery. It is also used to help prevent scar tissue after surgery.
is used to strongly invigorate an area or meridian, and bring old stagnant qi to the surface. This method is often used in pain conditions, asthma, and bronchitis. A plastic cup or Chinese Gwa Sha tool are used in a strong up-and-down motion. The patient feels immediate relief of the affecting condition.
is a specialized treatment based in Japanese Acupuncture. It is primarily used for infants and children up to 12 years of age. A small tool is used to gently stroke over the meridians, invigorating or calming a condition. All our little patients love Shoni Shin!
Chinese Herbal Medicine
provides powerful treatment by itself, or can be used in junction with Acupuncture. Chinese Herbs are safe when prescribed by trained practitioners, and can change a health problem within hours or days. Often, we recommend herbs to extend the effects of Acupuncture, and continue the action while waiting for a week or more before your next Acupuncture visit.
At our office, we only use Chinese Herbs that have been processed in the United States, to ensure highest quality, purity and effectiveness.
Western Herbal Medicine
is a safe and effective choice for treating many health problems. Much research has been done in Europe and the United States, and herbs have become popular for their effectiveness with certain conditions. The maze of media information can make it very difficult however, to make the right choices.
We carry the highest standardized herbal extracts which means that every dosage of your supplement provides you with the same amount of an active herbal extract , industry-tested for purity, and free from harmful pesticides or heavy metals.
Lymph Drainage Therapy
Our Lymphatic System is designed to carry waste from the body. It filters toxins from the cells and carries nutrients to them.
Unlike the heart, the lymph system has no pump. For this reason, it is important to keep it moving through exercise and breathing. It circulates 6-10 liters of fluids, removing bacteria, micro-organisms and dead cells. Lymph detox or drainage therapy plays an important role in overcoming illness and help boost the immune system.
Very different from a vigorous massage, Lymph drainage is done by gentle touch, moving the stagnant lymph towards its exit portals. It feels deeply relaxing. A photon emitting device is used to liquefy thick lymph, making the therapy highly effective.
I studied manual lymphatic drainage in detail at the Vodder Institute in Austria 18 years ago. In addition, I use a photon based drainage device for improved effectiveness. I have seen miraculous changes in lymph swelling within one treatment.
A typical session takes 1 hour, and depending on severity, should be repeated weekly for 3-7 weeks. Follow-ups can be 30 – 60 minutes.
This leading-edge, evidence-based therapy is a comprehensive approach to patient care that focuses on identifying root causes and systemic imbalances to significantly improve health outcomes.
An emerging medical nutrition model, it combines the very best of modern food science, clinical wisdom and critical thinking and is being driven by increasing consumer demand, advancing technology and the changing healthcare landscape.
Adding a sensible, healthy, nutritional plan to your therapy will help you heal faster, reduce inflammation and pain, assist in ridding your body of toxic waste, and wake up your energy.