Alivia Acupuncture Clinic encompasses a comprehensive list of techniques. We specialize in the treatment of chronic and acute conditions such as pain, infertility, woman’s health, stress relief, anxiety, insomnia, skin, joint and respiratory problems, in addition to others (visit FAQ to see what acupuncture can treat). Our services include:
Acupuncture is a traditional form of healing used for over 2,500 years in China. Acupuncture is a technique that encompasses the use of hair-thin needles along specific acupuncture points over the body. The needles are retained anywhere between 20 to 40 minutes and then removed. It helps the body to better heal itself. As opposed to Western medicine that intervenes with man-made resources that repair the problems from the outside-in, acupuncture stimulates the body’s own intrinsic resources to heal from the inside out.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment that uses the dried herb mogwort or Artemisia argyi. The herb is burnt close to acupuncture points or areas of the body with the intention of creating warmth that penetrates deeply and stimulates the flow of qi (energy) and blood. It has been suggested also that promotes health and prevents diseases.
Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment that superficially scrapes the skin to produce light bruising. Gua means to scrape or rub. Sha is the reddish patch that occurs on the skin after the rubbing. The redness caused by this technique usually fades in 2-4 days. Modern research suggests it produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists days after a treatment. It increases blood flow to the area and it is effective for pain, stiffness, fever, chills, cough, wheezing, nausea and vomiting.
Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that uses small glass or plastic cups that create suction on the skin. The cups are left in place or can be moved across the skin massaging the area. It increases blood flow, loosens muscles and sedates the nervous system. It can aid in the treatment of respiratory conditions such as cough, common cold, asthma, as well as musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, anxiety, fatigue, migraines and rheumatism.
Food has an important healing power. Chinese medicine understands the value of food in treating and preventing diseases. Asian medicine attributes different properties to food. Foods can be hot, warming, neutral, cool or cold. A person should be eating cooling foods if they have a “hot” condition according to Chinese medicine, and warming foods if they have “cold” conditions. Based on your Chinese medical diagnosis we can provide counseling in which foods are appropriate for your body constitution or your present pattern that could be affecting your body and your health to be able to help you feel better and stay healthy.