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Acupuncture is among the oldest healing traditions in the world.

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points along the body via the insertion of very fine needles. Its stimulation promotes the body's natural healing response capable of regulating every major system of the body including the nervous, digestive, endocrine, reproductive and immune systems. Visit the Conditions Treated section for a listing of conditions acupuncture can address.

Recorded history estimates that China and other Asian countries have been practicing it for thousands of years. And in the recent few decades, the United States has seen a surge in the patient population seeking acupuncture care.

Complementary to acupuncture, are moxibustion, guasha and cupping, all traditional forms of therapy.

What is moxibustion?
Moxibustion is stimulation of acupoints through the application of heat. It may be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture needles.

What is guasha?
Guasha (pronounced GWA-shah) involves applying pressured strokes on the skin with a round-edged object to stimulate circulation. Traditionally, a soup spoon, coin or a slice of water buffalo horn was used. For sanitary reasons, our office uses clean, unused jar lids that are tossed after one use. It is most often used for relieving muscle tension and pain, but may also be used for such conditions as the common cold.

What is cupping?
Cupping involves the creation of a partial vacuum inside a plastic or glass cup placed over the area to be treated. This method has many applications, but is most commonly used to relieve muscular pain, abdominal pain and the common cold. Upon removal of the cups, a temporary mark left by the cup will be visible which is often a visual indicator of the severity of the condition. A mild condition will leave pink marks that generally dissipates within half an hour. A chronic, more severe condition will leave a red mark. The most severe conditions will leave a purple mark. Generally, the darker the mark, the more severe the condition, the longer it will take for the mark to fade. With repeated treatments, the marks should become increasingly light, indicating progress towards recovery.

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