A system of integrative medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.

Our Naturopathic physician Dr. Samantha Guthrie, blends acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy into her naturopathic care regimens to help address the root cause of pain and disease from another lens.

Acupuncture is an art that relies on the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine to identify patterns that are causing imbalance. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific acupuncture points to encourage balance and to support the body’s innate power to heal itself.

Acupuncture retrains the nervous system by releasing chemicals that affect pain locally as well as systemic processes affected by hormones in muscles, spinal cord, and brain. This changes the way your body experiences symptoms like pain, anxiety, headaches, allergies, or menstrual irregularities.

(in Chinese medicine) a therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cupping is a Eastern medicine treatment that has been used for centuries to help aid the body in detoxification, improve circulation and flow, sedate the nervous system, and address restrictions between muscles and fascia. Cupping is a technique that uses glass cups and fire to create suction. This draws the muscle and superficial tissues into the cup which is then glided along the skin or left in a stationary position. This is typically very relaxing and helps to relieve a variety of conditions. Restoring circulation and flow is achieved through a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and/or cupping. These treatment techniques work synergistically to address stagnation or where your energy or “Qi” is stuck, which causes pain and dysfunction. Addressing stagnation gets to the root cause and supports deeper healing.

Acupuncture cupping

Retraining the nervous system occurs over a series of treatments and has a more cumulative effect making acupuncture and cupping more effective when you are seen more often. Over time, it helps to increase resilience to stress, immune depletion, and other ailments so that you can feel well in your body, long term.

Covered by most insurance plans, these therapies are used along-side chiropractic, physical therapy and massage to reduce pain and restore balance.

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