As part of our holistic approach to healthcare we offer a variety of supplementary services that focus on the healing of mind, body, and spirit. These optional services are usually performed in conjunction with our main services:
Cupping is a technique that uses small glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals, is perhaps the most well-known person to use cupping therapy.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called "moxa" are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. The smoldering moxa stick is held over specific areas, often, though not always, corresponding to certain acupuncture points. The glowing end of the moxa stick is held about an inch or two above the surface of the skin until the area reddens and becomes suffused with warmth.
Herbal and Nutritional Counseling
Patients can ask to learn more about how to improve dietary and lifestyles habits, such as learning about herbal alternatives that are available for treating a particular symptom or condition. Please ask your health provider for more information.
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