Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years. Qi, or life energy, travels throughout the body along pathways which have been mapped over time. These pathways are also called channels or meridians. When the body is out of balance, the Qi does not course these channels smoothly. Acupuncture, the insertion of extremely thin needles into points along the channels, is a method of tapping into and regulating the Qi, thereby helping the body and mind to rebalance. Most people find it to be very relaxing, and either sleep or enter a meditative state during their treatment.
Cupping is a non-invasive technique that uses small glass, plastic or silicone cups as suction devices that are placed onto the skin. It promotes blood circulation in the muscles, and may be left in place for 5-20 minutes, or moved around on the skin to provide a type of massage. Cupping is often used to treat pain and stiffness, scar tissue and adhesions, the onset of a cold and respiratory issues, and is generally a comfortable and relaxing experience. Cupping may leave the treated area with temporary marks or bruising.
Gua Sha is a non-invasive technique which uses a smooth edged tool to scrape along the skin to promote blood circulation. Among other things, it is used to treat pain and stiffness, scar tissue and adhesions, respiratory issues and the onset of a cold. Gua Sha may leave the treated area with temporary marks or bruising.
Moxibustion is the burning of moxa (dried mugwort) near an acupuncture point or meridian. It is soothing , warming and is used to treat many health concerns, including strengthening the immune system, regulating digestion, gynecological and obstetrical conditions, decreasing pain and alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Herbal Medicine is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been used for thousands of years. When taken under the supervision of a licensed practitioner, herbal medicine is safe and effective. Each herb has its own energetic properties, and herbs are usually combined into formulas which help to balance the body and the mind. Herbal formulas are prescribed based on an individual’s diagnosis and constitution, treating both the symptoms and the underlying cause. The formulas are tailored to the individual needs of each patient and come in many forms, including herbal teas, powders, pills and tinctures. The Acupuncture Den uses only the highest quality herbs, and has full confidence in the quality standards of the herb suppliers.