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Adjunct Acupuncture Therapies

These therapies are part of treatment if required at no additional charge.

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils distilled from various parts of plants to help aid in the healing response. The distillation process reduces the plants to an oil that can be infused in the air producing an aroma taken in through our sense of smell or can be applied to the skin where it is absorbed. Essential oils can effect moods because they are made up of chemicals that have different properties. For example: German Blue Chamomile, an anti-inflammatory, composed of 15 carbon atoms, is used to help resolve fevers and skin inflammations because it is cooling and gentle to the skin. I use essential oils therapeutically in my practice to treat elemental imbalances.

Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Cupping stimulates the circulation within the superficial muscle layers and benefits conditions such as arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, headache, common cold, and cough. Small glass or plastic cups are placed over specific areas and a vacuum is created under the cup using suction. This creates a non-painful tugging sensation on your skin. The cups are usually left in place for a period of several minutes. Sharon also employs a technique called “sliding cupping” where the cups are moved around over a large area – such as your back – to help increase circulation in the tissues. Cupping creates areas of redness which generally resolve in about three to five days. 

Guasha Therapy (pronounced “gwa-shah”)
Similar to cupping, Guasha is a technique that is also used to release muscle tightness, pain, and constriction. Sharon uses a Guasha tool made of jade to gently scrape or rub the skin over an affected area, where muscles are tense or tight. The gentle scrapes produce redness in the area. This technique simulates circulation of blood and energy to help the body resolve painful stagnation in the muscle tissues. Many people experience a significant release of muscular tension during application and after. Also similar to cupping, the redness will dissipate in three to five days.

Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. Like acupuncture, moxa is used for wide variety of disorders and is effective with many conditions. While filaments can move energy and build or “tonify” the organ systems of the body, moxa is a way to actually add energy.

Topical Liniments and Herbal Plasters
Topical liniments and plasters which are very helpful in reducing pain, inflammation, swelling, and speeding the healing process. Liniments are liquids applied directly to the skin, while plasters are Chinese herbs embedded in a cloth backing which are applied to the skin much like a large band-aid.

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