Acupuncture treatments stimulate the body’s innate healing mechanisms – something no other medicine can do. Acupuncture needles stimulate the flow of Qi (Chee) in the body to clear stagnation, relieve stress, and promote homeostasis. They prompt the body to release its natural pain relievers and they communicate with the brain in ways that we have observed but are still trying to understand. Acupuncture needles are generally retained for 20-45 minutes, depending on your condition. New patient sessions last about 90 minutes, while returning patient acupuncture visits typically last about one hour.
Depending on the individual needs of the patient, we may use Swedish/Deep Tissue massage, Acupressure, or Tui Na to complement Acupuncture sessions. Tui Na is a vigorous form of Chinese orthopedic massage performed with the patient fully clothed.
Patients with muscular/skeletal complaints may benefit from an Acu-Plus session, which includes 15 minutes of targeted massage to address your complaint. Patients who would like to add a relaxing Swedish massage to their acupuncture session are also welcome to make an appointment for Acu-Plus (+15 min).
Cupping and Gua Sha are both therapies that promote blood circulation within muscles. Both Cupping and Gua Sha can be used at the onset of a cold. Cupping is often used to treat sore or tight muscles, relax the nervous system, or address headaches, digestive, gynecological or respiratory issues. Some bruising is possible with both modalities.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a strong, safe, and effective form of natural medicine. At Six Branches Family Acupuncture we demand the highest quality herbs for our patients and have full confidence in the quality standards of our herb suppliers. We carry herbal granules and tinctures from esteemed and trusted brands like Legendary Herbs, Evergreen Herbs, KW Botanicals, and Crane Herbs. Our pediatric herb tinctures come from Blue Poppy, Kan Herbs, and Golden Flower Herbs.
Herbs are prescribed to address individual imbalances and should always be taken under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. Herbs should be taken as prescribed and any new medications should be mentioned to the practitioner immediately.
Dietary and nutritional counseling sessions help you use food to heal your body and take charge of your health. We discuss your condition and diagnosis and review foods that you can add or remove to help change that condition and improve your health. We draw primarily from Traditional Chinese Medicine’s approach to food but are also flexible in working to address your needs.
Shoni Shin is a Japanese pediatric massage technique that stimulates blood flow and is used to treat common diseases in children. It is a light, non-invasive alternative to acupuncture needles that children typically respond very well to.
In addition to Shoni Shin, we can use other tools to stimulate acupuncture points in children who do not want to try acupuncture ‘taps’. We do our best to help your child feel at ease and we never use any modality that they don’t agree to try.