Acupuncture is part of a complete medical system.

Originating in China over 3,000 years ago it is currently utilized as a primary health care system throughout the world. Acupuncture is a method of balancing and building the functionality of the body's organ systems to improve overall health. Acupuncturists recognize pathways in the body called meridians, through which each organ and organ system are connected and communicate. Chinese medicine views disease as the result of an imbalance or blockage in the body's natural communication of energy flow. Such imbalances may manifest as physical, emotional, or stress related disorders. To initiate a change, acupuncturists use very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles inserted into specific areas and points along the body, meridians, and muscle fibers in order to influence the functionality of the body’s natural healing ability.  Other benefits of Acupuncture include: Increased blood circulation and immune function by increasing white blood cell count, it releases the body’s natural pain killers called endorphins, interrupts chronic pain signals, decreases inflammation and pain, induces a state of relaxation, and stimulates the body to produce more neurotransmitters which aid the body and mind.  

Moxibustion is a highly effective therapy used to stimulate an acupuncture point.  Instead of using a needle, heat and the herb Artemisia Vulgaris (Chinese mugwort) are applied either directly on or over the acupuncture point.  Moxa is said to be pure yang in nature, therefore heat can penetrate deeply into the layers of muscle and connective tissue.  It improves circulation, aids in digestion, supports healthy menstruation and fertility, is used in breech presentation, and can be used in numerous of other health conditions.  

Glass cups are placed directly on the skin with suction created by heat.  Cupping is incredibly therapeutic and feels like a deep tissue massage.  It is great to invigorate the lymphatic system, increase circulation, improve the respiratory system, and often used for pain management.

Gua Sha involves repeated pressured strokes over the skin with a smooth edged tool, I use a ceramic Chinese spoon.  Gua Sha feels like a deep tissue massage, similar to cupping,  and creates mild petichia, red and purple marks on the skin.  In Chinese Medicine these marks are called Sha.  Sha can last for a few days then fades away.  Gua Sha is wonderful for chronic pain, inflammation, can increase the immune response, and is useful for the common cold.

Moxibustion

Cupping

Gua Sha

*If you are a client at Flagstaff Birth and Women’s Center please ask about your discounted rate.

1st Time Visit, $80, 75 min

Follow up Treatments, $65, 60 min

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