Acupuncture involves the insertion of micro-fine needles into specific points on the surface of the body, which have a direct relationship with internal organ systems. From a biomedical perspective, acupuncture activates your body’s nervous system and circulatory system, which regulates the production, secretion and transportation of various molecules, including endorphins, neurotransmitters and hormones. By regulating your body’s physiological functions, homeostasis and health may be restored within the body.
Cupping is a technique that uses suction to apply glass or plastic cups to specific areas of the body, such as the back. The cups are held in place or moved along specific meridians in order to promote the circulation of blood and lymph. This technique is often used to relax muscles, alleviate pain, or treat coughing and asthma. Cupping can also draw toxins into the peripheral vasculature so that the liver can detoxify them more readily. Cupping can be performed to your level of tolerance so there is no discomfort, and most patients agree this therapeutic modality is relaxing, soothing and effective.
At Alchemy Acupuncture, we use a holistic approach to identify the patterns causing energy imbalances, aiming to alleviate their root cause. Safe and natural therapies are utilized to strengthen and balance your body’s innate healing ability in order to restore optimal health and vitality. By creating therapeutic partnerships with patients, we empower you to actively participate in your own care. Together we can help you create lasting changes that will enable you to live a happier, healthier, more vibrant life!
Chinese herbal medicine involves the use of natural plant and mineral substances to produce healing changes in the body. Chinese herbal medicine is regarded as a powerful complement to acupuncture treatment. Many practitioners use Chinese herbs as a way of offering the body continual therapeutic input between acupuncture treatments. By taking herbs on a daily basis, the positive momentum created by acupuncture is enhanced. Single herbs are typically formulated into synergistic combinations to produce maximum therapeutic results without side effects. Furthermore, custom formulas are created based upon the unique constitution and diagnosis of each patient.
When properly practiced, Chinese herbal medicine is a safe, effective alternative to harsh pharmaceutical medications. We prescribe herbs with the utmost integrity and skill and are extensively trained in contraindications and herb-drug interactions. We source the highest quality herbs from companies that perform rigorous testing for potency, purity and safety.
Nutrition and lifestyle behaviors play a significant role in recovery from illness, as well as maintaining optimal health. A comprehensive treatment plan will include education on the medicinal properties of foods and supplements. Should you require more extensive dietary guidance, we offer a one-on-one nutritional consultation. During this session, your acupuncturist will review your current diet and habits as they pertain to your individual constitution and health concerns. You will receive appropriate suggestions about which foods to add and which foods to limit or avoid in order to attain greater health.
Depending on your current lifestyle behaviors and desired wellness goals, we may also enter discussions about stress management, sleep, exercise, social relationships, and exposure to toxins. All of these factors play a crucial role in your health, and we aim to provide you with the most comprehensive plan to achieve your best health.