ACUPUNCTURE & COMMONLY TREATED CONDITIONS
Acupuncture is the use of ultra fine sterile needles inserted at specific points on the body in order to rebalance the body, thereby treating illness or disease. Acupuncture is recognized by World Health Organization as treatment for a variety of conditions. As the value of acupuncture continues to be recognized, other institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the National Institute of Health (NIH) continue to examine the role of acupuncture particularly in the area of pain management.
While acupuncture treats pain (musculoskeletal pain, sciatica, sprains, tendonitis, joint pain, sport related injuries), there are many other conditions which acupuncture can treat including; auto-immune disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders, crohn’s etc), gynecological conditions, digestive disorders, respiratory conditions, migraines, insomnia, fatigue and emotional issues including anxiety and depression.
Acupuncture is rooted in Eastern Asian medicine and dates back over 2,000 years, and is one of the most widespread healing systems in the world. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of special points on the body using ultra fine needles, heat, pressure, friction, or other techniques which bring an equilibrium or balance to our bodies. When physical, emotional, or lifestyle factors lead to imbalances, it can often result in pain, illness or disease.
The goal of Acupuncture is to bring balance and health to your body in the most natural way possible, tapping into your own body’s energy and re-establishing balance. This involves promoting the circulation of blood, fluids and the flow of your bodies natural energy, or qi, through specific pathways of the body, optimizing its ability to heal injury, illness and dysfunction.
Chinese Herbal Therapy is an extremely sophisticated and complex system of medicine that considers many different formula combinations based on hundreds of herbs found in the Chinese Materia Medica. The elegance of Herbal Medicine is that they are based on century old learnings passed through generations, which help restore balance and harmony in your body. Herbs are prescribed in many forms: raw form that are decocted into teas, powders that are stirred into teas, pills, or topical preparations such as liniments and oils.
Not all acupuncturists are herbalists, so be sure that your practitioner is a board-certified herbalist. Chinese Herbs should only be taken under the supervision of a practitioner who is nationally certified in Chinese Herbology by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine(NCCAOM). Herbal certification is a specialized discipline that requires years of study to acquire certification and licensure.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EStim)
Electrical Muscle Stimulation, or EStim is the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating specific acupuncture points on the body. In this way the precise amount of stimulation can be applied to acupuncture points on the body with pinpoint precision. In clinical studies, EStim has shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, particularly those that are chronic and including various forms of pain, muscle spasms, and neurological issues.
Your skin is the largest organ in the body and represents a tremendous network of body tissues and fluid. Cupping therapy is an ancient form of healing in which a local suction is created on the skin; this therapy increases blood flow in order to promote healing and enhance immunity. Cupping therapy allows nutrients to flow more easily and leads to detoxification where toxins can be released and removed from the body.
Moxibustion (Moxa) is a form of heat therapy and a key element of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Moxa, which is based on the mugwort plant (also known as artemisia vulgaris) is burned in various forms at or above specific acupuncture points, which enhances a treatment effect. Moxa therapy has shown to be effective at boosting immunity and providing warmth and relief to painful conditions.
Tui Na Massage
Tui Na (literally translated means push and grasp) is a unique form of Chinese massage which works to distribute the body’s energy flow. While there are are some similarities with western massage, Tui Na is more therapeutic in nature, aiming to rebalance energy within the body. A main advantage of Tui Na is its ability to focus on chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system, which can help with associated conditions such as insomnia, constipation, stress, and headaches.
External Liniments & Essential Oils
External Liniments: Within the rich history of Chinese herbal medicine there is a well developed speciality of using external liniments (topical preparations applied to the skin). Based originally on martial arts training and healing methods, dit da jow (literally translated means falling and hitting medicine) act as analgesics and anti-inflammatories. These herbal based balms can also invigorate blood flow, helping to remove toxins from the site of trauma or injury, while inviting healthy blood flow.
Essential oils carry specific properties and qualities such as cooling, dispersing, aromatic, warming, which through application can further support Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches to healing the body, resulting in a balanced state. Because the therapeutic uses of essential oils are individually matched to a patient’s condition, many patients find strong connections to these scents, further enhancing the healing experience.
Please contact Jova Acupuncture for full pricing, including options for discounted packages.
Initial Consultation & Acupuncture treatment
A full and thorough health history and review of your main complaints including an individualized acupuncture treatment. Added modalities of cupping, moxibustion, Tui-Na massage and herbal medicine may be recommended based on your condition.
Follow up Acupuncture treatment
For those patients having already received an initial assessment, your condition will be re-evaluated and you will receive acupuncture treatment based on your individual needs. Added modalities of cupping, moxibustion, Tui-Na massage and herbal medicine may be recommended based on your condition.
Treatment Series Packages
For those patients who have been initially assessed and are recommended for multiple treatments, discounted pricing is available for a 5 treatment series.
Herbal Formula Consultation
Following evaluation of your main complaint, a tailored herbal prescription will be recommended based on your personal condition. Jova stocks a number of herbal medicine formulas on-site.