Acupuncture is a traditional form of medicine from China that dates back some 3,000 or more years. It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting very fine, disposable needles into specific acupuncture points along the body and possibly adding heat or electrical stimulation to the needle. Click to read Frequently Asked Questions about acupuncture.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is an integral component of Chinese Medicine along with acupuncture. Chinese herbs are sourced from plants, animals and minerals and are considered one of the oldest forms of health care.
Chinese herbs are used to treat a wide variety of illnesses or painful conditions. Herbs can help the body’s systems to heal and work more efficiently. Herbs are prescribed based on individual symptom patterns and provide a well-balanced treatment for the patient. Herbal medicine can be a strong medicine, so it is important to follow the dosage instructions carefully.
Electro-acupuncture is a technique where mild electric current is applied to the needles. Electro-acupuncture is most effective for chronic pain, spasms and paralysis, but can be used for many other conditions as well.
Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching
Nutrition and lifestyle choices can have a profound impact on your health and well being. I believe in working with people at whatever stage they are currently in and providing information, and support as necessary.
Chinese Tuina Massage
Tuina (“twee-nah”) is a Chinese style of massage, using various techniques such as kneading, pressing, rolling, shaking and stretching the body in an effort to regulate the channels/meridians and internal organs and to improve functionality of tendons, bones and ligaments.
Cupping includes applying heat and suction to glass cups and placing them on specific areas of the body. The back is the most common area where cups are placed. Cupping can be used for a variety of conditions such as pain syndromes, respiratory disorders (asthma and chronic cough or chronic bronchitis and colds), GI disorders, and many more.
Moxa (or Moxibustion) is a traditional herbal heat therapy where heat is applied near or on the skin or directly to acupuncture needles, to specific points on the body. It can increase blood flow, improve immune function and deliver deep relaxation.
REIKI – Offered by Charisse Squires
Reiki originates from Japan, and is a healing technique performed through ‘laying on hands’. The goal of Reiki is to connect with the life force that flows through all living things, which can assist with healing, relaxation, and stress reduction. The word Reiki roughly translates to ‘God’s wisdom/higher power’ and ‘life force energy’.
A Reiki master is able to connect with this energy and give it to another person. The focus of Reiki is to treat the emotional and spiritual body as well as the physical body. Many patients report positive changes in their emotional well-being, and as such, it can be an additional form of healing for those struggling with depression, anxiety, and stress.*
As an acupuncturist, Charisse has found Reiki can be a wonderful addition to acupuncture treatments. In combination treatments, patients will receive a full acupuncture treatment, with the addition of receiving 15 minutes of Reiki while resting with the needles. Reiki is not covered by insurance but can be added to your treatment for an additional fee.
Please contact Charisse directly if you are interested in scheduling a Reiki session with her.
*Reiki is not intended to be a substitute for seeking care through a professional mental health provider. If you are struggling with mental health issues, please contact your physician and/or mental health therapist.