Acupuncture involves the use of tiny, pore-sized, single-use, sterile needles to invoke a physiological response in the body. There are 14 channels, or meridians, on the body traversing from the finger tips and toe tips into the core and further traveling internally to reach the organs. The points are chosen along these meridians in order to activate the body’s natural healing reaction. The five basic theories of how these tiny needles being inserted into the body create such a powerful response are as follows:

  1. Augmentation of Immunity: By placing the needles into the skin and muscle, the immune system responds. The needles, harmless as they may be, are still foreign resulting in an increase of gamma globulins, antibodies, white blood cells, and other natural fighters. Not only can we prevent illness, treat colds or allergies, eliminate asthma and more, but acupuncture can also regulate the immune system in cases of autoimmune diseases.
  2. Endorphin Theory: Endorphins are released during acupuncture which not only makes you feel good, but also initiates natural pain regulation. Endorphins are said to be 10 times stronger than morphine. This is how we treat acute and chronic pain syndromes short term as well as long term.
  3. Circulatory Theory: Vasodilators are released in response to needle insertion which benefits the entire circulatory system, relieving pressure on the heart and blood vessels and ultimately encouraging proper blood flow. This also sends fresh red blood cells and white blood cells to any area of injury, speeding up the healing process.
  4. Neurotransmitter Theory: Acupuncture regulates certain neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and noradrenaline. Low serotonin levels are often attributed to anxiety, depression, panic attacks, insomnia, obesity, fibromyalgia, eating disorders, chronic pain, migraines, and alcohol abuse. Negative thoughts, low self-esteem, obsessive thoughts and behaviors, PMS, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are also symptoms of low serotonin. By regulating the mind as well as the body, we are able to achieve excellent results
  5.  Gate Control Theory: This theory states that pain receptors travel from the area of injury or discomfort up the spinal column through high traffic “gates” in order to reach the brain. Acupuncture acts as a competing stimulus blocking the pain receptors, thus you experience less pain.

Acupuncture is typically painless, however everyone’s sensitivity varies. I work with you to make sure your experience is comfortable, pain free, and rewarding. If you’d like to try one needle before committing, contact me and I’d be happy to accommodate!

Meridians not only feed vital energies to their related organs, they also reflect any pathological disturbance in those organs, thus providing a convenient and highly accurate tool for diagnosis as well as therapy.

Daniel Reid, Guarding the Three Treasures

The ear is a microcosm of the whole body, representing every body part and organ. Using the tiny points within the ear promotes a calming effect as well as activating different areas of the brain to stimulate the health of the body. Fantastic for addiction, weight loss, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, motion sickness, and more.



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Benefits of facial acupuncture

Applying the ancient technique of acupuncture to the face improves blood circulation, rejuvenates and nourishes the skin, and stimulates the natural collagen production in order to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging or dull skin. This modern use of acupuncture enhances both your physical appearance as well as your overall health, giving you a natural glow that radiates from deep within.

The needles I use for the face are even smaller than those used for the body, thus creating a virtually pain-free experience. Points are chosen based on individual concerns in addition to a few body points in order to further encourage the flow of blood and energy. Sure beats botox and fillers!

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture begins with gently cleansing the face to remove dirt, oil, and makeup while opening the pores with a warm towel. I then apply castor and frankincense oil to hydrate the skin, eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, reduce any swelling or inflammation, increase circulation, and cleanse the face to treat acne or blemishes. Using a jade gua sha tool to gently massage the face, we bring any heat or tension that may be trapped in the facial muscles to the surface where it then can be expelled out of the body. This generates a clear, bright complexion. Cupping techniques are applied to gently plump the skin and awaken the collagen production, reducing fine lines or wrinkles. Next, acupuncture needles are carefully placed where needed to continue the benefits while allowing you to slip into a deep relaxed state. Once the needles are pulled, a light serum and eye cream consisting of natural ingredients are lightly applied and followed by a cooling jade roller, waking up the skin and ultimately sending you out into your day with radiance and rejuvenation.

$170 for 90 minutes

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Thomas Edison

Herbal Medicine: Chinese herbal medicine draws from hundreds of herbs for specific conditions. Formulas are designed to match an individual’s unique pattern diagnosis in order to realign health and wellness from the inside out.

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Thomas Edison

Acupuncture points are stimulated using a safe, gentle electrical current. Similar to a TENS unit but with the electricity pulsing through the needles and deeper into the body.

Dried mugwort leaves are rolled into a stick or placed on the end of needles, then burned as a warming therapy during treatment.

*Where acupuncture needles initiate movement and circulation while promoting your body’s own supplementing tendencies, moxibustion and herbs add strength from external sources helping the recovery process.

Using glass or bamboo cups to create a vacuum to increase warmth and circulation. The cupping method feels similar to a deep tissue massage but instead pulls the stagnant blood and lactic acid stuck in the muscle layer to the surface allowing your body to naturally expel the toxins. Amorous octopus marks may occur (Michael Phelps’ back at the olympics for example) but dissipate after a few days.

A gentle scraping of the skin surface using a smooth tool to increase circulation. Leaves similar markings as the cups, but also dissipates after a few days. The discoloration is due to the blood stagnation raising to the surface to be expelled. The darker the color, the more the body needed it

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Tuina: A massage technique that stimulates the meridians, facilitating the flow of Qi.

Specific movements and breathing exercises used to improve health and vitality.

Castor oil packs are a traditional remedy that are said to help with skin, liver or digestive conditions because of the special fatty acids in castor oil. The heat from the hot pack allows the castor oil to sink deeper into the skin, muscles, and fascia (connective tissue) of the area. Adding liniments can further benefit pain conditions while relaxing the muscles and soothing the area.

Effective March 1, 2020

Initial Treatment (90 minutes): $150

Follow-up Treatments (60 minutes): $90

Facial Rejuvenation (90 minutes): $170