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From acupuncture to shiatsu, Sun Acupuncture has you covered. Check out the menu links above or below for detailed descriptions of all the services we offer!

Acupuncture

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Shiatsu / Tuina

Moxibustion

Cupping Therapy

Below is a detailed explanation of the different Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) modalities:

The Practice of Acupuncture: The comprehensive system of health care using Chinese medical theory and its unique methods of diagnosis and treatment. Its treatment techniques include the insertion of acupuncture needles through the skin and the use of other biophysical methods of acupuncture point stimulation, including the use of heat, Chinese and Japanese massage techniques, electrical stimulation, Chinese herbs, cupping therapy, guasha, and moxibustion based on Chinese medical principles.

Chinese Medicine: A system of healing arts that perceives the circulation and balance of energy or “Qi” in the body as being fundamental to the well-being of the individual. It implements the theory through specialized methods of analyzing the energy status of the body and treating the body with acupuncture and other related modalities for the purpose of strengthening the body, improving energy balance, maintaining and restoring health, improving physiological function, and reducing pain.

Shiatsu: Shiatsu is a style of bodywork that originated in Japan. It is similar to acupuncture, but uses finger pressure instead of needles. Shiatsu is performed through clothing and does not use oils or lotions. Clients are instructed to come in loose comfortable clothing to allow the practitioner to work easily and perform stretches as part of the therapy. Shiatsu’s goal is to restore the healthy flow of energy throughout the body by working along the acupuncture meridians.

Tuina: Is Chinese sports massage and uses pressure along the acupuncture meridians of the body as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the muscles and joints. The style of Tuina practiced in China today is closer to the work of chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists than to that of massage therapists. It’s taught as a separate but equal field of study in schools of Traditional Chinese Medicine, requiring the same level of training as acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists. As Tuina has migrated to the West, the style of work has been modified. Most western trained Tuina practitioners do not do “bone setting,” as do their counterparts in China. Tuina does not simply work on the muscles, bones, and joints. It also works with the energy of the body at a deeper level. As the practitioner senses the client’s body with her hands, she is able to assess the distribution of energy and affect its flow.

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Chinese Herbal Medicine is a large component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Herbal formulas are carefully chosen to target both the symptoms and the underlying cause of your condition. Formulas may be administered as raw herbs or powders made into tea, ready-made tinctures, capsules or pills and are chosen to best suit your lifestyle. Although the side effects of Chinese Herbal Medicine are minimal compared to Western pharmaceuticals, it is still potent medicine and should only be prescribed by a skilled, licensed practitioner.

Electro-Acupuncture: Electro-acupuncture is the attachment of electrodes to the needles to provide continuous stimulation during the acupuncture treatment. Electro-acupuncture may be used as a component of nearly all acupuncture treatments that require manipulation of the needles. According to the Chinese literature, especially good results are expected from electro-acupuncture in the treatment of neurological diseases, including chronic pain, spasm, and paralysis.

Ear Acupuncture: Auricular acupuncture is one of the more widely used acupuncture “Microsystems” within Chinese medicine. Microsystems use one aspect of the body – for example, the ears, hands or feet – to treat conditions that are present anywhere in the body. Auricular acupuncture may be used as a primary mode of treatment or in conjunction with other treatments such as acupuncture, bodywork or herbal medicine.

Moxibustion: Moxibustion involves burning the herb mugwort above the skin at specific acupuncture points and it helps eliminate disease by warming the Qi and blood. Moxibustion is best suited for weakened or chronic conditions, or when there is cold or dampness obstructing the body’s meridians.

Cupping Therapy: Cupping uses warmed jars that create a light suction when applied to the body. Its purpose is to reduce local congestion of Qi and blood to relieve pain.

Guasha: Guasha is a healing technique involving rhythmic scraping motions of the skin and muscles with a flat instrument traditionally made of stone or bone. Guasha removes blood stagnation, promotes normal circulation and metabolic processes and is valuable in treating pain disorders and preventing illness.