ADJUNCTIVE THERAPIES

Our treatments are tailored to each patient at the time of treatment. Rather than charge for each therapy as an add on, we use these therapies to complement the work we do to create the most profound and effective treatment we can. Adjunctive therapies in Oriental Medicine are effective tools for healing and are incorporated into overall acupuncture treatments if they are indicated.

These services are also offered a la carte.

Cupping

Cupping is the use of suction cups to bring tension and toxins to the surface of the skin from deep layers. This is great for back pain, asthma, colds, and more. This technique has been used historically not only by the Chinese, but Latin, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European cultures for generations. We often hear “my grandmother used to do that when I was sick as a child.” If your body is stagnant, it will leave distinct reddish-purple marks on the area it is administered for up to a week.

Guasha

Guasha is a gentle scraping of the skin (without breaking the skin) to get to the muscle tissue where the flow of oxygen and nutrients has been impeded by tension and blockage. It is a therapeutic technique that feels similar to a deep massage. This is great for back, neck, and shoulder pain. It is also used to strengthen the immune system at the onset of colds. Historically, the tool used to administer guasha was an animal horn. At Source Healing, we use a jade tool or a ceramic soup spoon. If your body is stagnant, it will leave distinct reddish-purple marks on the area it is administered for up to a week.

Moxibustion

This technique, which incorporates the burning of a Chinese herb called Mugwort or Artemesia Vulgaris over acupuncture points in the body, opens up channels and promotes energy flow in the body that is closed due to stagnation, cold, or deficiency. The warming of specific locations on the body is a welcome comfort to individuals with these conditions. This tool is also commonly used for safe, effective breech baby turns.

Tui Na

Tui Na is simply acupressure, which is the use of hands and fingers on the acupuncture points on the body. This is different from massage because the focus is to use acupuncture points and channels to address the patient’s root diagnosis. Essentially, this is acupuncture without the needles. Since the goal of Tui Na is the release of blocked energy and improved flow, treatments can be more intense than a massage.

Eastern Nutrition

Conscious nutrition is a foundation for lasting health and well-being. It is a tool that anyone can actively use several times a day to promote optimal health. What you eat feeds every cell in the body. If your intention is to heal, how consciously you feed your cells will make a difference.

Our practitioners will guide you to foods that are harmonious with your constitution. Foods that do not harmonize with your constitution can worsen a condition or be a contributor to a disease pattern. Eastern nutritional counseling is incorporated into the overall acupuncture treatments. However, this service can also be offered a la carte.