What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient technique based in eastern traditions that has been utilized
for over 4,000 years. Using small, thin needles inserted into the skin, acupuncture can tap into
an individual’s unique system and energetic field. I like to compare this energetic field to the
electrical system inside a house, the energy is continuously working and present even though
you can’t physically see it. Acupuncturist can be thought of as the “electricians” of the human
body and mind, rewiring, recalibrating and fine tuning to find the perfect balance of energy that
can be sustained in this specific house or body. Each body (house) is uniquely different, and
deserves careful consideration before implementing any kind of action or change to the entire
Acupuncture takes the whole individual into consideration and uses a holistic approach
to regain that unique internal balance. Acupuncture is gentle, relatively safe and can be utilized
on most people in most situations. Depending on the case, acupuncture treatments can
produce both immediate and prolonged effects, with continued care leading to optimal results
and outcomes. In the United States, acupuncture is performed by a licensed acupuncturist (LAc)
and can be practiced in most states. Given the holistic approach, certain health and emotional
issues can be addressed using a different perspective, treatment plan, and outcomes than
through the typical lens of western medicine that westerners are accustom to. This is why so
many people turn to acupuncture as a last resort to assist in their disease recovery process, not
realizing these skills and modalities could have been utilized earlier in life and earlier in the
disease process. Holistic acupuncture treatment can really change lives, advocating for
individuals and ultimately giving the power back to the patient, where they can now take an
active role in their health care journey.
Cupping is another ancient technique that is still used today. The process involves placing special cups on the skin for a few minutes to create suction that gentle pulls the tissues upward. Cupping can be used for a variety of ailments and can help relax muscle pain and tension, increase blood flow, promote the circulation of lymph, and help break up adhesions and scar tissue. The sensations are typically described as a type of deep-tissue massage that leaves you feeling relaxed.
Gua Sha (sometimes called “coining, or spooning”) is another massage technique that has similar benefits and sensations as cupping but the technique is a little different. Gua sha involves gently scrapping the surface of the skin with a small tool, usually a ceramic spoon or piece of smooth metal or stone. Typical treatment locations include the neck, back, and shoulders or over other large areas of muscle. Gua sha can also be used on the face and neck for anti-aging benefits by enhancing skin elasticity, preventing wrinkles by tighten the skin, reducing dark under eye circles and puffiness, and promoting blood circulation.