Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin. The body responds to acupuncture with a cascade of wide reaching responses in immune function, neurochemistry, blood flow, changes in the peripheral and central nervous system, etc. These system wide responses are why acupuncture is helpful for so many health conditions.
Description by the Mayo Clinic, including what to expect from treatment
Compilation of research on acupuncture
7 things you might like to know about acupuncture
Photonic Acupuncture (Light Therapy) is a modern technology that utilizes a therapeutic red light to stimulate traditional acupoints. We provide this treatment in addition to acupuncture during treatments. It is also provided as stand alone treatment, for those who require needle free treatment. Read more about photonic acupuncture
Cupping is the application of suction cups to the skin. It is used to relax muscles and improve blood and energy flow to areas of chronic tension and muscle tightness. The intensity of suction can be modified from mild to intense. Most people find cupping to be a relaxing experience.
Chinese Herbal Medicine was a significant portion of all 3 years of Ann and Steve's graduate program on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. It is nuanced, highly developed, and has thousands of years of proven track record. It takes into account the symptoms (neck pain, gas and bloating, etc.) as well as the constitutional imbalance and matches appropriate herbal combinations for the specific patient. There is a significant body knowledge in way of research and case studies available from Asia. Over the past 50 years or so, there has been an incredible integration of Western Medicine into traditional Asian Medicine throughout Asian, for better or worse. One positive aspect of this melding is information on herbal medicine for complicated modern western diagnoses. Read more about Herbal Medicine
Tui na (massage) and acupressure are incorporated into acupuncture treatments when appropriate. Ann and Steve provide referrals to the many fabulous massage therapists on the North Olympic Peninsula.