ACCUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture pricing:

New Patient: 90 Minutes - $115.00
Standard Appointment: 60 Minutes - $85.00

Other Modalities used: 
- Electro-Acupuncture
- Laser Therapy
- Dry Needling
- Moxibustion
- Herbal Formulas
- Cupping

About Acupuncture:


Recently, science has determined that human beings are complex bio-electric systems. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture practice for several thousand years.

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care which has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this non-evasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people become well and stay well.

Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

What is Qi?

At the core of this ancient medicine, is the philosophy that Qi, (pronounced ‘chee’) or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.

How does Qi move?

Qi flows through specific pathways called Meridians. There are 14 main meridians inside the body. Each meridian is connected to specific organs and glands.

Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows it transports life-giving water that provides nourishment to the land, plants and people. Like rivers, where meridian pathways flow, they bring life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body.

An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. When it becomes “backed up” in one part of the body, the flow becomes restricted in other parts. Hindering the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health, cutting off vital nourishment to the body, organs and glands.

What causes Qi to get stuck?

Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity are among the many things that can influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.

Normally, when a blockage or imbalance occur, the body easily bounces back, returning to a state of health and well-being. When this disruption is prolonged, excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain or disease can set in.

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.

Here is a partial list of a medical problems that acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been effective in treating:

Addiction, including alcohol, drug & smoking
Allergies
Anxiety
Arthritis
Asthma
Back Pain
Bladder
Bronchitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Childhood Illnesses
Chronic Fatigue
Colitis
Common Cold/Flu
Constipation
Dental Pain
Depression
Detoxify detoxification detox
Diarrhea
Digestive Trouble
Dizziness
Dysentery
Emotional Problems
Eye Problems
Facial Palsy/Tics
Fatigue
Fibromyalgia
Gingivitis
Gynecological Disorders
Headache
Heart Problems/Palpitations
Hiccough
High Blood Pressure
Hot Flashes
Hormonal / Hormones
Immune System Deficiency
Incontinence
Indigestion
Infertility
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Kidney
Knee
Low Back
Joint Problems
Menopause
Menstrual Irregularities
Migraine
Morning Sickness
Musculoskeletal
Nausea
Neck Pain/Stiffness
Osteoarthritis
Pain
Paralysis/Numbness
PMS
Pneumonia
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Reproductive Problems
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Rhinitis
Sciatica
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Sexual Dysfunction
Shoulder Pain
Sinusitis
Skin Problems
Sleep Disturbances
Smoking Cessation
Sore Throat
Stress/Tension
Tendonitis
Tennis Elbow
Tonsillitis
Tooth Pain
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Urinary Tract Infections
Vision Problems
Vomiting
Wrist Pain




CUPPING

Along with acupuncture there is another ancient practice that has been used with great success; cupping therapy. Cupping is a procedure where cups are placed on the body (often the back) and a vacuum is created by the removal of air in the cups. Cupping can be used for diverse conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and gastrointestinal issues.

Cupping dates back  sixteen centuries to ancient Chinese, Middle Eastern and Egyptian cultures. It is believed that cupping began as a way to suck blood from poisonous wounds. Prior to glass and plastic, cups were constructed from animal horns.  Later pottery and bamboo cups were used. Modern techniques use glass in process called “fire cupping.” This procedure entails soaking a cotton ball in alcohol, lighting it afire and with tongs placing it into the glass cup and thereby burning away the air which will create a vacuum. Fire cupping can look quite mysterious but Paul Murphy prefers to use plastic cups which are safer and easier to use than the glass cups.

Unlike with fire cupping, plastic cups have a hand held pump which will suction the air out of the cups. The skin is literally pulled into the cups and there is a tight sensation where the cups are placed. This has the effect of stimulating blood flow – actually sucking up stagnant blood from deep within the tissue. This not only moves stagnant blood but stretches out tight muscles.

About 90% of the time I use cupping for back issues, usually really tight muscles loosen up considerably. Cupping usually leaves circular marks on the body that may be visible for up to a week or so.

 






COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE

We have had a patient say that on a very special occasion (ie her fiftieth birthday) she treated herself to a Botox treatment.

These women paid a dermatologist $1,500 for the procedure and looked pretty good for about 3 months, until the magic potion wore away.

There is a long lasting and cheaper alternative that women are now reaching for, called “facial acupuncture”. What is facial acupuncture or cosmetic acupuncture? It is acupuncture that is directed to improve the face. It’s the strategic placement of extremely fine needles on the face; the results are often remarkable.

Ten sessions over a five week period will render the greatest results. Patients often report that their skin looks smoother, younger, uplifted and brighter.

No chemicals are injected. No surgery is performed.

Wrinkles are often caused by tense muscles. Acupuncture treatments relax these muscles and increase circulation of blood and fluids. When relaxation of muscle tension takes place, both frown lines and eye bags are greatly reduced.

One technique I often use is to take a very thin, hair-like needle and slide it under a crease or wrinkle. This has the effect of raising up the wrinkle, making it much less pronounced.

For the most effective treatment to take place I usually choose what are called “distal points.” These are acupuncture points selected on the hands or feet that can help direct energy (qi) that affect the circulation in the face. Often I combine this with a cool laser treatment which enhances collagen and gives the skin a radiant look.






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