The nature of Traditional Chinese Medicine is truly holistic and looks at the complete pattern of an individual’s health, vitality and contributing life style factors.
Ailments are seen as an imbalance or blockage in Qi (oxygen, energy or vitality) and health is regained when a healthy flow of Qi is reestablished.
Acupuncture is based on this ancient theory of the flow of Qi and Xue (Blood) through channels or meridians that run throughout the body, similar to the nervous and circulatory systems. The insertion of fine needles at specific points on these meridians has proven to effectively stimulate a healing response throughout recorded medical history. There are no side effects with acupuncture as it is effectively a tool to allow the body to rebalance and heal itself at a profound level.
The application and benefits of acupuncture and herbs have been documented for over 2000 years. Yet it is only recently that systematic exploration of Chinese Medicine using scientific methodology has allowed acupuncture to become recognized and accepted worldwide. Clinical studies of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of illnesses have led to acupuncture’s acceptance and recognition by the medical establishment, the World Health Organization and increasing numbers of insurance companies.
The following additional therapies supplement our acupuncture treatments to further the effective support of Chinese Medicine according to each patient’s needs.
According to the book Acupuncture, a Comprehensive Text “moxa” or moxibustion is the burning of specific herbs above the skin at acupuncture points. This activity heats the Qi and Blood in the channels. Because the nature of the primary herb used (mugwort) is considered to be pure Yang, it is very useful for boosting energy and for chronic, weakened conditions. Any condition that is worsened by cold (low back pain, knee pain, arthritis pain) can be improved by warming the tissues. We can also use moxa applied to specific acupuncture points to boost immunity.
Recently made famous by Olympic athletes, cupping therapy has been used for thousands of years. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (it’s great for anxiety or high blood pressure). Cupping does produce discoloration at the skin. This coloring typically ranges from bright red to a darker purple, and can last from 3 days to a week. A darker coloring means that there is a high level of toxins and stagnation in the section of the body that has been treated. In this case, the marks can last for up to 3 weeks. However, if there are hardly any toxins, the coloring could be just a light pink and is likely to dissipate within a few hours. Cupping is excellent for arthritis pain, headache, low back pain, neck pain and can even help treat the common cold.
Gua Sha is just one of the many tools an acupuncturist may use. “Sha” refers to the red spots or petechiae that form on the skin as the acupuncturist uses a small tool to “scrape” an area of the body. I often tell people – it is like using a foam roller at the gym, just much more targeted. Modern research shows the effect of gua sha is anti-inflammatory and immune protective, and lasts for days following a single treatment. Patients feel immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheezing, and more.
What is Auricular Therapy?
Auricular therapy, or ear acupuncture is another effective tool used by acupuncture practitioners, based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem which reflects the entire body. Conditions affecting the physical, mental or emotional health of the patient may be treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively. (Similar mappings are used in many areas of the body, including the practices of reflexology and iridology.)
Feel free to give us a call or text with any questions on (831) 372-7100
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture is a pain free process relative to interventional medical treatments. (Consider the discomforts associated with surgery or the side effects of many pharmaceutical drugs.) An acupuncture needle is as fine as a hair and does not compare with an intravenous syringe. Most people feel little to no discomfort at all and after the initial stimulation, drop into a deep state of relaxation while the needles do their work.
We pride ourselves in offering a highly supportive, nurturing and sensitive treatment protocol, well suited to needle phobic patients.
Treatable Disorders using Acupuncture, Massage and Herbal medicine
Everybody is unique and presents with a pattern of dis-ease or imbalance specific to their individual history. We evaluate the underlying symptoms and conditions and treat Western described illnesses using the TCM model. We have had a great deal of success with the following conditions to name a few.
Both Women’s & Men’s Fertility and Health Issues
Injuries & Pain Management
Arthritis & Tendonitis
Allergies & Asthma
Anxiety & Stress
Headaches & Migraines
The following is the World Health Organization’s list of diseases that can be treated with acupuncture. The inclusion of herbal remedies broadens the range of disorders that may be successfully treated:
• Infertility (Not WHO recognized. Clinical experience proves effective and this is one of our specialties)
• Menopause syndrome
• Benign irregular menstruation
• Benign amenorrhea
Medical Qi Gong is an excellent treatment for many different conditions, from pain management and migraines to weight loss and sinus conditions. the easiest way to describe Medical Qi Gong is acupuncture without needles, which makes it a great treatment for needle phobic patients. Because of the subtle energies that it can stimulate it is a very effective treatment for emotional and stress related disorders.
Medical Qi Gong is rooted in the ancient Chinese Martial Arts. medical Qi Gong was developed on the battle field thousands of years ago. Soldiers being able to heal themselves gained great advantage. They say, “To be a good martial artist, you must also be a good healer.” These techniques were closely guarded, shrouded in secrecy. Medical Qi Gong is an energetic medicine and has been a major healing modality in China for most of it’s history. It is the origin of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture, herbology, nutrition, and therapeutic massage. It is only now that China has opened up her borders that this ancient healing art has been brought to us here in the West.
What to expect on your first visit
A personal consultation to discuss your major concerns and an evaluation of your health from a Chinese Medical perspective.
During treatment, the recipient lies comfortably on a table or seated in a chair while the practitioner guides you through a series of energetic and physical balancing and clearing techniques.
By the end of the session you will be given a better understanding of your health and well-being picture and receive guidance to help you achieve your ideal health goals.
Most common changes after a session include
increased sense of well-being
Please call Danny for more details and to schedule a consultation: (831) 601 2019
For your individual practitioners style and technique, please see Rosann Lynch, Jonathan Smith and Victoria Nethery or visit the Practitioners page.
Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity.
Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, performed manually or sometimes with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, or feet.