What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into key points on body channels and meridians in order to relieve pain, treat disease, and promote general health.
What is Moxibustion (灸)?
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, means “acupuncture-moxibustion.”
How does moxibustion work? Does it hurt?
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect , We only use indirect moxibustion in our clinic. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Another form of indirect moxibustion uses both acupuncture needles and moxa. A needle is inserted into an acupoint and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and the surrounding area. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation from top of the needle penetrates deep into the acupuncture channel, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring unless the moxa is left in place for too long. After the desired effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished and the needle(s) removed.
What is moxibustion used for?
In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi (vital energy), which is considered essential to achieving health and wellness. In other words, blockages of the flow of qi and blood can cause lots of health problems. In Western medicine, there has been a great deal of research on the use of moxibustion to strengthen the immune system. This may be why moxa is often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to prevent disease and extend life.
It is also claimed that moxibustion militates against not only cold but also dampness in the body, add new energy to the body and could treat both excess and deficient conditions. Practitioners consider moxibustion to be especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems, We cured* quite a few long term chronic diseases in just one or two courses of treatments. (One course can be five , ten or fifteen times treatments depends on how long and how serious the disease has).
Burning moxa produces smoke and a pungent odor. The smoke actually can help sterilize the atmosphere of the rooms and reduce the bacterial count in the air; it also inhibited viruses. Patients with respiratory problems may request that their practitioner use smokeless moxa sticks as an alternative.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is a simple method that revitalizes and causes stagnant blood and body energy to circulate about the body. Glass cups are placed upon the injured area and used for suction. It is done to improve circulation and aid fatigued muscles. We usually combine bleeding and cupping together in our clinic to suck the bad blood and evil Qi out of body. We know the bad blood and evil Qi are the result of diseases, they are also the reasons causing diseases. This skill combine with moxibustion helps us cured* many cases of disease.
Does Herbal Medicine safe?
Chinese herbal medicine has a history for over 5,000 years, even much older than the history of acupuncture. Most of Chinese herbs are very safe with minimum side effects. When they are prescribed by following the herbal formulating rules and principles, the toxicity of some Chinese herbs are reduced to minimum. We are more tending to choose mild herbs to treat patients in our clinic. Mild herbs don't mean inefficient, Instead we can not only make patients feel better this time efficiently, we also need make patients not easy to get sick in the future. That is Wang Dao that we always focus on.
Do you take insurance?
Yes, We will assist you in verifying eligibility for your acupuncture benefits. Depending on your plan, you may have to pay for your treatment before you meet your deductibles, and as well as on any denied claims for your treatment.
Do I need come early for the first time treatment?
Yes, you need come 15 mins early to fill out all the new patient forms.
How about appointment cancellation or tardiness?
Please give 24 hours notice for any cancellation. We reserve the right to charge a $25 fee for "No show/No Notice". 24+-hour cancellations will allow others to have your time-slot if needed. If you are going to be late, please contact us. Tardiness will limit your treatment time.
(* Cure here doesn't mean guarantee result for every single case, it depends on patient's condition and treatment selection).