Acupuncture

The practice of acupuncture, a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, originates from ancient China over 2000 years ago and is used to treat a myriad of health conditions. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles at specific points on the body and left in place for a period of time before removal.

 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, disease is caused by disruptions to the flows of “qi”, the life force that moves blood circulation through the body along pathways called meridians. Smooth flow of qi and blood is essential to good health as proper circulation is required to nourish the organs and rid the body of toxins. Impaired qi flow can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture unblocks qi stagnation allowing the body to regain balance and harmony.

 

In Western medicine, acupuncture is explained by concepts of neuroscience. Needle insertion at acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals and hormones which act to reduce pain and inflammation, in addition to stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities to promote physical and emotional well-being. 

What can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is used to treat many different diseases, disorders and pain conditions.

 

Common conditions that respond well to acupuncture include neck and back pain, sciatica, joint pain, frozen shoulder, tendonitis, arthritis, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress and anxiety, sinus and lung issues, digestive disorders, menstrual and fertility issues.

 

Furthermore, Dr. Thao is proficient in Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture (ZSA) and Meizen Cosmetic Acupuncture (MCA). ZSA can help treat various neurological disorders including post-stroke symptoms, Bell’s palsy, Meniere’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and neuropathy.

 

MCA is a natural anti-aging approach for facial rejuvenation. In addition to treating pain and illness, acupuncture often is used preventively as a kind of “tune up,” in the maintenance of health and well-being.   

Techniques We Use

At each visit with Dr. Thao, patients will receive a personalized treatment consisting of one or more techniques listed. 

Body Acupuncture

Disposable sterile needles are inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body to stimulate the flow of Qi throughout the meridians.

 

The needles are retained for 20-30 min. The application of manual stimulation, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects.

Body Acupuncture

Guasha

A modality of Chinese Medicine that is used to improve Qi and blood flow through the meridians and organs.

 

The treatment involves using a tool to scrape the skin in long strokes. Guasha may help to break down scar tissues and adhesions, help reduce muscle tension and improving movement in the joints.

Guasha

Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture (ZSA)

ZSA is a specialized technique that involves the insertion of very short, fine needles on the scalp to achieve the desired therapeutic effects on the different parts of the body.

 

Based on Chinese medicine and neurology, ZSA has become recognized worldwide as an effective method to treat various pain and neurological disorders.

Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture (ZSA)

Cupping  

A modality of Chinese Medicine that is used to improve Qi and blood flow through the meridians and organs.

 

The suction from the cups promotes increased circulation and lymphatic drainage, calm the nervous system which helps to relieve muscle tension, neck and back pains, lung congestion, migraines, fatigue, and anxiety.

Cupping

Moxibustion (Moxa)    

A modality of Chinese Medicine that is used to strengthen and stimulate the flow of Qi and blood through the meridians and organs. The technique involves burning the herb mugwort on or near acupuncture points.

 

Alternatively, our office also employs the Premio 10 moxa device which emits infrared heat similar to burning mugwort.    

Moxibustion (Moxa)

Meizen Cosmetic Acupuncture (MCA)

Rooted in Chinese Medicine, MCA is a natural and safe option for facial rejuvenation. Each session consists of needling points on the face or neck as well as the body.

 

As such, cosmetic acupuncture not only brings more youthfulness to the face but also promotes beauty and wellness on a holistic level to the body’s entire ecosystem.

Meizen Cosmetic Acupuncture

(MCA)

Acupuncture Fees 

Initial Consultation and Examination (45-60 min)              $80

Subsequent Acupuncture Treatment (45-60 min)              $65

Specialized Service Fees

Meizen Facial Acupuncture Session (60 min)                      $120

Cupping & Acupressure Treatment (30 min)                       $80    

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