What We Treat

The Eastern Medical Approach

Musculoskeletal

We specialize in neurofunctional acupuncture for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, essentially using our knowledge of nerves and muscles to neuromodulate the perception of pain in the Central Nervous System and incorporating the release of active trigger and motor points.

Therapeutic goals include decreasing nociceptive signaling to the brain in order to reduce pain, profusion of oxygen and blood to the affected site, improvement of motor function and range of motion, the reduction of inflammation, the promotion of tissue healing and the stimulation of cartilage production.

We also incorporate electrical stimulation (e-STIM) to accelerate the healing process.

Women's Health & Fertility

Commonly treated conditions include PCOS, endometriosis, PMS, menopause and infertility.

Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate and balance the release of hormones, and can help to reduce pain and inflammation. When used for fertility, in addition to regulating hormones and stress, acupuncture and moxibustion may be used to increase blood flow and to warm and nourish the uterus in order to effectively change the environment to become more fertile. Studies have shown that acupuncture may improve the rate of pregnancy, and whether used in conjunction with IVF or natural methods, Eastern medicine can be a powerful tool for male OR female infertility.

Gastrointestinal

Eastern medicine believes all disorders are rooted in the digestive system, and similarly Western biomedicine also believes immunity lies in the gut. A healthy digestive system is often part of the focus for any treatment, regardless of complaint. The most telling sign? Your bowel movements!

Acupuncture may help with common conditions such as bloating, acid reflux, constipation and diarrhea, as well as the symptoms of more complex disorders such as Celiac and Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and GERD.

Neurological Disorders

Acupuncture has been shown in studies to stimulate the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems and to regulate the release of neurotransmitters necessary for the conduction of nerve signals and pathways. It is often used in hospital centers due to its ability to stimulate neurological response, and can be used to strengthen nerve function.

Acupuncture is well accepted for post-stroke rehabilitation as part of a comprehensive strategy used in conjunction with conventional stroke rehabilitation care. For thousands of years, acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used to treat the resulting dysfunction after stroke, including neurological deficits, cognitive impairments, deviated eyes or mouth, hemiplegia, swallowing function and motor impairment.

Other neurological conditions that may benefit from acupuncture include Bell’s Palsy, Meniere Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, neuropathy, ptosis and Tourette Syndrome.

Autoimmune & Cancer Care

Acupuncture is often used in integrative cancer care centers and hospitals nationwide as a solution for side effects of chemotherapy, radiation treatments and medications. Commonly treated symptoms include neuropathy, nausea, constipation, digestive issues, night sweats, fatigue and depression, as well as for immune support.

Acupuncture may also help to alleviate the symptoms of autoimmune diseases including but not limited to Addison’s disease, ankylosing spondylitis, Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, Grave’s and Hashimoto’s, Lupus, chronic Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Pediatric Care

Commonly treated pediatric conditions (from infants to teenagers) include ADD/ADHD, diarrhea, constipation, digestive disorders, allergies, chronic ear infections, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues and more.

Acupuncture can be administered quickly, minimally and painlessly depending on the child’s age and comfort level. Alternatively we can also use other gentle, effective methods to activate acupuncture points and meridians including Japanese techniques using Shoni Shin tools, pediatric massage, acupressure and tuning forks. Children tend to love the massage and parents often learn a trick or two to administer on their own at home!

Emotional Health

Acupuncture has been shown in studies to regulate the Nervous System by inhibiting the release of stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine, while stimulating the release of natural endorphins and “happy hormones“ including serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.

In Eastern medicine, an imbalance of different organ meridian systems may produce corresponding emotional responses, and the balancing of those systems may be helpful for emotional disorders such as depression, irritability, frustration, grief, worry, fear, anger and anxiety. By allowing the free flow of Qi, emotions may also be released and allowed to flow unimpeded.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep deficiency is a common condition that is often overlooked but can lead to many changes internally. In addition to mental, physical and emotional fatigue, sleep deficiency has been shown to trigger inflammation in the body and increase the risk of heart disease and other health conditions.

Do you suffer from any of the following sleep conditions?

  • Racing thoughts or overthinking
  • Tossing & turning restlessly
  • Have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Vivid dreams or nightmares preventing quality sleep
  • Waking in the morning un-rested and fatigued

In Eastern medicine, the above symptoms indicate an imbalance of the organ meridians and can often be due to excess heat in the body. Studies show that acupuncture regulates the Nervous System and inhibits the release of stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine, while stimulating the release of natural endorphins and “happy hormones“ including serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.

By working to balance the meridian systems, drawing pathological heat from the body and regulating the Nervous System, our patients have reported the ability to relax and fall asleep quicker with improved quality sleep, leading to increased energy and overall emotional wellness.

Allergies

Allergies are a reaction by the immune system that can trigger a series of symptoms including nasal congestion, sneezing, hives and itchy, watery or red eyes. By balancing and strengthening weak organ meridians and channels, acupuncture may help to reduce inflammatory processes and provide immune support to not only alleviate the symptoms, but reduce or eliminate their occurrence.

For seasonal allergies, it may be beneficial to begin treatment in the months prior to the season in order to reduce or prevent occurrence of symptoms.

Migraines & Facial Conditions

Acupuncture may be useful for migraines as well as other facial conditions including post-stroke symptoms such as deviated eyes or mouth, drooping eyelids (ptosis), tinnitus, Bell’s Palsy, and TMJ.

Acupuncture is often used for post-stroke rehabilitation in hospital centers due to its ability to stimulate neurological response, and can be used to strengthen nerve function while targeting facial muscle motor points.

In the case of migraines, Eastern medicine can be an effective solution to correct meridian channel system imbalances in order to treat not only symptoms, but their root cause resulting in decreased frequency and intensity.

Scar Therapy

Have you experienced unexplainable symptoms or pain following a surgery? One of the most overlooked reasons may be due to scar tissue that can result internally, even from a seemingly minor laparoscopic procedure.

Scar tissue on the surface is often dismissed as unsightly but harmless, when in reality the scar tissue goes much deeper below the epidermis level of the skin to affect the structures below. New fibrous tissue is formed to repair the damage caused by surgical incisions, creating adhesions on surrounding tissues that may result in functional changes and the pulling, stretching or movement of organs, structures and bones.

Even decades after a surgery, scar tissue may continue to produce unexplainable symptoms. Examples include sharp, stabbing pain, pelvic misalignment resulting in hip, low back, knee and ankle pain, restricted movement, digestive issues, urinary and sexual or gynecological dysfunction.

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The Solution:  Western surgical procedures to remove scar tissue are counter-productive as new scar tissue will form following surgery. Non-invasive Eastern medical techniques including the use of acupuncture, herbal liniments and other modalities can help to break up scar tissue, remove adhesions and restore the flow of oxygen and blood to the area.

Length of treatment varies depending on the size and age of the scar, as well as severity of symptoms.

The Power of Acupuncture

Learn what the experts say.

The American College of Physicians

Recommend acupuncture as a first line of defense for low back pain.

The CDC and Joint Commission

Recommend acupuncture for natural pain relief over opioid medications.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes over 90 conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to benefit from acupuncture.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Biliary colic
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cancer pain
  • Cardiac neurosis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Competition stress syndrome
  • Craniocerebral injury
  • Depression
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Dysentery
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Earache
  • Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
  • Epigastralgia (peptic ulcer, gastritis)
  • Epistaxis
  • Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
  • Facial pain (craniomandibular disorders)
  • Facial spasm
  • Female infertility
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  • Gastrokinetic disturbance
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Headache
  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status
  • Herpes zoster
  • Hyperlipaemia
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypo-ovarianism
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labor
  • Insomnia
  • Knee pain
  • Labor pain
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Male sexual dysfunction
  • Malposition of fetus
  • Ménière disease
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Obesity
  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain due to endoscopic examination
  • Pain in dentistry (dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Postextubation in children
  • Postoperative convalescence
  • Postoperative pain
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Prostatitis, chronic
  • Pruritus
  • Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
  • Raynaud syndrome
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Renal colic
  • Retention of urine, traumatic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sciatica
  • Sialism, drug-induced
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Spine pain, acute
  • Sprain
  • Stiff neck
  • Stroke
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tietze syndrome
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Urolithiasis
  • Vascular dementia
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)