About ZenVillage Wellness Acupuncture Services
Acupuncture is a holistic medical practice that stimulates certain points on the body with thin needles to alleviate pain and treat various ailments. Choosing points according to the patients condition creates a balance within the body and allows the Qi, or energy, in the body to become of free flowing. Acupuncture works by helping the body get more out of its own natural healing resources which in turn help the body to heal itself.
“Tui Na” means push and grasp. It involves therapeutic bodywork which uses range of motion, traction and massage with the stimulation of acupressure points. Tui Na helps treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions as well as circulatory conditions.
By using suction techniques on specific areas of the body, cupping stimulates circulation and promotes blood flow to the surface of the skin. Cupping treats a variety of conditions ranging from the common cold, to muscle pain, and the removal of toxins.
Friction created by the Gua Sha instrument promotes circulation to the muscles, tissues, and organs directly beneath the surface of the skin. This is used to treat as well as prevent common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, as well as any chronic disorder involving pain, congestion of Qi and blood. It is also used to treat systemic toxicity, poor circulation, physical and emotional stress, and migraines. Daily metabolic processes are improved due to increased movement of fluids, carrying nutrients to tissues, disposing metabolic wastes.
The ear is seen as a microsystem of the body and can be used to treat a wide range of ailments. Fine needles are inserted into specific points with fine needles. Auricular acupuncture is often used in conjunction with body acupuncture, enhancing the effects of the overall treatment.
Herbal Ear Seeds
Herbal seeds provide stimulation to specific points and help prolong the effects of a treatment between visits. Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant. These seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. The seeds can be worn anytime and replaced periodically. This process works similarly to auricular acupuncture but gives continuous stimulation to Acupuncture points throughout the day.
Electro Acupuncture is the application of pulsating electrical current to Acupuncture needles as a means to stimulate Acupuncture points and surrounding tissues. Electro-acupuncture may help reduce total treatment time by providing continued stimulus. It can produce a stronger stimulation which may be needed for neuralgia or paralysis.
Moxabustion (Moxa) involves burning the herb “Ai Ye”, also known as Mugwort. It can be placed directly above the skin, on top of a needle or directly on the skin. Moxa provides a warming effect in the body which helps promotes free flowing energy in the acupuncture channels.
There are hundreds of Chinese herbal formulas, however depending on your condition, you may be prescribed a formula that is best suited for your diagnosis. The formulas range from tea pills, encapsulated pills, loose granules to whole raw herbs which you cook at home. Herbal formulas are particularly effective in conjunction with Acupuncture treatments.
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