Health Center of Integrated Therapies
Acupuncture & Eastern Therapies
Acupuncture & Eastern Therapies have evolved over the past 3,000 years into a complete healing system that may be new to western ideas of health. These ancient therapies treat the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Optimal health and harmony occur when the correct quantity, quality and movement of Qi (pronounced “chee”) resides throughout the body. Qi means “vital life energy” and animates the body and protects it from pain, illness and disease; however, when the quantity, quality and movement of Qi is reduced, our health suffers. Qi can be normalized by treating prescribed acupuncture points unique to your constitution and health concerns, and there are approximately 400 acupuncture points in the human body. Acupuncture and eastern therapies have evolved in different parts of the world, and a variety of styles have emerged. All styles aim to rebalance and harmonize the body, mind and spirit; however, each style differs in its diagnostic protocol and specific treatment method.
Acupuncture treatments include the gentle insertion of very thin, sterilized single-use, stainless steel acupuncture needles, small seeds or tacks and/or by the application of heat and moxa to several prescribed acupuncture points. Moxa or “moxibustion” is a therapeutic technique used to warm specific body parts and acupuncture points with mugwort (botanical name artemisia vulgaris), a medicinal plant.