What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an amazing and complete medical system that treats not only acute conditions but chronic. It uncovers and effectively treats, not only the obvious symptoms, but the root causes of what ails the body and mind, as well. It is thousands of years old and continues to grow and expand in its rich healing traditions and clinical uses. While it’s common for acupuncture doctors to practice in hospitals throughout Asia, it is relatively new in the US.

However, if the growth of acupuncture in large medical systems such as Mayo, Cleveland and Allina, to name just a few, are any indication as to how effective acupuncture and associated modalities are, acupuncturists and their herbal pharmacies are on their way to becoming commonplace. With this growth comes trove of evidenced based research and clearer medical understanding of how exactly acupuncture works and why it’s so effective in such a wide range of applications.


In our clinic...

Your provider may use acupuncture, cupping, moxabustion, herbs, tui na, and nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to guide and help you get to your health and wellness goals.



Is the insertion of very fine, one time use, needles into specifically chosen points on the body according to the individuals Chinese Medical Pattern and health goals.



Through negative pressure suction of the skin, cupping stimulates the bodies qi channels. It balances the bodies energy, thus improving energy and local tissue’s level of metabolism and vitality of cells. Cupping does this by encouraging waste and toxin removal. Cupping, though great for general health and prevention is widely used for any pain condition. Pain is caused by an obstruction impairing qi and blood flow in the area. Cupping helps to improve circulation and relieving tense muscles.



Moxabustion, or moxa, is a non-invasive treatment using the warming and tonifying herb artemisia vulgaris or mugwort. It is used rolled into a tight cigar shape or in its loose form. Moxabustion is great for eliminating pain such as arthritis, joint pain, PMS cramps, or abdominal pain. It is a common treatment used for optimizing an in utero babies position. It is also used for prevention for many conditions when used daily at home.

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Tui Na

Chinese Medical Bodywork, or Tui Na, is used alone or in conjunction with other therapies. It is used to align the body and relieve pain and to harmonize and balance the bodies stagnant qi. Different techniques from light touch to gentle traction are used. It is an effective therapy for many illnesses, disease, and chronic and acute pain.

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Chinese Herbs

The use of natural plant, mineral, and animal substances, either alone or in conjunction with acupuncture, form a powerful synergistic effect to improve results and shortening treatment time. Chinese herbs can be used for a specific condition as well as preventing illness or disease. Your Oriental medical practitioner will prescribe a single herb or a formula tailored just for you.


Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a tool that is used on the skin, usually where there is pain or discomfort. A scraping method is used to help with tight adhesions and myofascial release, by creating a microcurrent to help bring about lasting pain relief.