acupuncture & Chinese medicine
acupuncture & Chinese medicine
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, yet, it only made its way to the U.S. in the 1970's. It is a part of a larger umbrella called Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes Herbal Medicine, Tui Na, Tai Chi, Moxibustion (Moxa), Nutrition Therapy, Gua Sha (scraping) and Cupping. This ancient healing medicine looks at the body through nature's elements and organ systems that function through energy meridians. Our vital energy, known as Qi (pronounced CHEE), flows through our bodies much like blood or our nerve pathways. When there is disease or disfunction, this alerts the body that your Qi is blocked, deficient, excessive or other factors. Acupuncture points are gathering places for this energy to meet the surface, and a portal in which Allison can move that energy to a way that brings about balance and harmony in the body.
Acupuncture may be indicated for a variety of different issues including pain, nerve dysfunction, musculoskeletal injuries, fertility (female or male), gynecological issues, hormone imbalances, insomnia, stress, anxiety, digestive issues, headaches, chronic illnesses and more. However, Acupuncture should not only be sought out when something seems wrong, it can be for prevention, to achieve peak performance and optimal health. An acupuncture session can be relaxing, meditative and restorative. Don't we all need that in our crazy lives?
Depending upon the issue, Allison may combine Massage, Visualization, Aromatherapy or Electrical Stimulation with Acupuncture. No two treatments will be exactly the same since our body is in constant change. Using pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation (feeling), getting a detailed history of the situation, finding out about any emotional or stressful situations as well as your own intuitive insight, your treatment plan will be unique to you. Since Acupuncture moves your energy and restores balance in your body, it is important that you are hydrated and have eaten before a treatment.
What is Cupping?
Cupping, or traditionally known as Fire Cups, is an ancient technique that has many purposes. Allison takes small, special glass cups, removes the oxygen out of them through fire and suctions them on the skin. Sometimes they stay in one place, other times it may be necessary to move them along the muscles. Usually, this takes place on the back, but can also be used on areas of great stagnation or old injuries like the shoulder area. Cupping is a great tool when there is a lot of respiratory congestion or mucus, when your body is fighting something and you want to support your immune system or when the back muscles have chronic tightness and/or soreness. It does not leave bruises, instead, they are suction 'hickies' where the blood rises to the surface and allows blood and energy to flow into that area to promote healing. After one gets cupped, it is important to drink lots of water to flush out any impurities, refrain from alcohol or greasy foods, keep the back or area of cupping covered from cold air or wind and even better to do epsom salt bath and massage! The suction marks may remain for a few days to a week, so keep that in mind when planning a cupping session.
What is Moxibustion or Moxa?
Moxibustion, or better know as Moxa, is using a Chinese Herb called Mugwort as a way to add heat to the body or move stagnant energy. Mugwort, when burned like incense, has the ability to inject a strong heat through the skin. It is a deep, penetrating heat that feels very good on certain areas of the body or organs. For instance, in Chinese Medicine, Fertility challenges may be due to 'cold' in the uterus, so Moxa is great to warm up the uterus so it's a nice cozy environment for a baby to grow. Low back pain can also be due to 'cold' stuck in the back, so Moxa can warm the low back area in a much deeper way than just a heating pad or heating lamp. When burned, Mugwort has a distinct smoky smell, but it feels so good!
Allison also specializes in Acupuncture to help during early stages of labor or to help stimulate the body's own ability to contract more efficiently. For the best outcomes, Allison will only treat those who are after their 40 week guess-date and are ready to get things moving naturally!
*Your first appointment will include both the Consultation and Acupuncture Session
(Moxa or Cupping may be included in an Acupuncture session)