Since 1985


Acupuncture originated in China more than 3000 years ago, an due to its proven effectiveness has been embraced througout the world.  In modern China, acupuncture is practiced alongside Western medicine in most hospitals, it is an integral part of Traditional Oriental medicine which includes herbology, acupressure, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle counseling.  The word "acupuncture" comes from the two Latin words, "acus" and punctura".  Acus means needles and punctura means pricking.  It describes this ancient Chinese art of healing involving the insertion of needles into specific points of the body. These points are called acupuncture points.  Oriental and Western medicine compliment each other and can be integrated to offer optimal health care.  
The tradition of acupuncture theory believes that energy flows within the human body and this energy can be channelized to create balance and health.  This energy flow is called qi and pronounced "chee".
Acupuncture theory believes that this qi moves throughout the body along 12 main channels known as meridians.  These meridians represent the major organs and functions of the body. These meridians however do not follow the exact pathways of nerves or blood flow.
Acupuncture aims to correct imbalances of the qi and restore health through stimulation.  The needles are inserted through the skin at points along the meridians of the body.
Scientists have long explored the cause behind efficacy of acupuncture.  Some researchers suggest that pain relief from acupuncture occurs when acupuncture needles stimulate nerves.  In addition acupuncture may alo release pain-relieving chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin to easy symptoms.  Acupuncture may also decrease pain-causing inflammation by stimulating the pituitary gland to release cortisol.

Traditional Oriental Herbal Treatments

Chinese Traditional herbal medicine prescriptions are a cocktail of many herbs tailored to the individual patient. One batch of herbs is typically decocted twice over the course of one hour. The practitioner usually designs a remedy using one or two main ingredients that target the illness. Then the practitioner adds many other ingredients to adjust the formula to the patient’s yin/yang conditions.

Often, ingredients are needed to cancel out toxicity or side-effects of the main ingredients. Some herbs require the use of other ingredients as catalyst or else the brew is ineffective. Unlike western medications, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients. A key to success in Chinese traditional is the treatment of each patient as an individual.

Chinese traditional herbal Medicine often incorporates ingredients from all parts of plants, such as the leaf, stem, flower, root, and also ingredients from animals and minerals.

Acupressure/Cupping Treatments

Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.

Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the 'Meridians' of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.

Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available. Cupping, the technique, is very useful and very safe and can be easily learned and incorporated into your family health practices.