Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine


Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world and is only one component of a complete medical system: Traditional Chinese Medicine. The process is safe, effective, and pain-free; it can be used alone or combined with Western Medicine. Every person’s body has the innate capacity to heal, though it may currently be restricted. Acupuncture works to stimulate the body’s healing capabilities in order to strengthen the immune system, stop pain, stimulate blood flow, and regulate organ function. (The philosophy is similar to the understanding that the human brain has incredible abilities, though we rarely access the depths of its potential.) Many patients find that the need for prescription medicines or surgery decreases, or is eliminated entirely, as they return to health naturally with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

A core concept of acupuncture is that disease in the body is a sign of “blockage” or an imbalance. The role of the acupuncturist is to carefully observe the signs and symptoms and to remove the constraints in the system. During an acupuncture session, acupuncture needles–very fine, sterile, single use needles–are gently inserted into the skin to stimulate the blood flow, lymphatic fluid, and energy at specific points to promote healing. The patient is then allowed to rest for approximately a half an hour, while the needles promote healing. The procedure stimulates a relaxed state by allowing the brain to release endorphins and decrease cortisol. Many patients fall asleep during their treatment and experience reduced stress for days after each session.

In addition to acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine offers treatments such as cupping, guasha, and moxibustion. Herbal and nutritional therapies are often used in conjunction with manual techniques to enhance health benefits and shorten recovery time.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine in the traditional Chinese medicinal pharmacopoeia is supported by a vast body of empirical evidence and hundreds of years of experience. Herbal medicine is one of the most important and complex components of Chinese medicine. Natural medicines contain the building blocks of immunity and restorative properties and are found in roots, stems, leaves, flowers, oils, minerals and fruits.  (Familiar western drugs like aspirin are derived from herbs, bark and roots.) A pre-made herbal formula or a special-order custom formula may be prescribed in tablet, capsule, or granular form for use as long as needed, depending on your condition.

In order to accurately diagnose and treat symptoms, a patient’s detailed health history will be taken. This includes his or her current and past physical condition, lifestyle, and dietary habits (including vitamins, supplements, and medications). Every medical condition, even if unrelated to your chief complaint, is significant. Be sure to ask questions about how I can help. I am committed to helping you achieve all of your healthcare goals!

Esoteric Acupuncture

Developed by Dr. Mikio Sankey of Los Angeles, CA, Esoteric Acupuncture is one of the few sub types of acupuncture that focuses specifically on boosting wellness instead of reversing disease. Using very fine needles and ultra gentle technique, a series acu-points is stimulated in order to strengthen a person’s core. The result is both relaxing and revitalizing.


Cupping therapy, also known as myofascial decompression, is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. The suction mobilizes blood flow and releases myofascial tension in a specific area to promote detoxification, increased oxygenation, and healing. Cupping therapy is primarily used to promote the release of tight muscles, reduce pain associated with tension headaches and migraines, and expedient recovery from respiratory illness.

Trigger Point Release

Trigger point release, AKA dry Needling, is used to release “knots” and chronic muscle tension that can occur due to postural imbalances, repetitive use, trauma, and internal stress. Through the release of muscle tension and spasms, trigger point therapy provides pain relief while allowing the body to return to normal patterns of movement.