Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the primary treatment methods used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, commonly used in conjunction with herbal medicine. According to classical Chinese medical theory, the body is made up of a very intricate system of thousands of primary and secondary channels, or meridians, which circulate energy in regular patterns through the deepest parts of the body, as well as over its surface.

In the West, acupuncture is most commonly associated with the treatment of pain, allergies, addictions, and infertility. However, in the hands of a well-trained acupuncturist, it has much broader applications. Depending on the condition, acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or it can be used in conjunction with other forms of medical treatment.

 

The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including:

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  • Digestive disorders: gastritis and acid reflux, spastic colon, constipation, and diarrhea.

  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and recurrent chest infections.

  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.

  • Reproductive, menstrual, and urinary imbalances.

  • Emotional and Mental Imbalances: chronic stress, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

What is Cupping

Cupping is a therapy which uses sterilized cups of various sizes that are placed on specific parts of the body in order to remove toxins, increase circulation and alleviate pain. The application of the cupping is similar to a vacuum or suction effect. Cupping is commonly used for both chronic and acute pain and cold/flu type disorders.

Tim Ryan, L.Ac., QME

A graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Tim has a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and is both nationally and California State licensed in Acupuncture and Herbology. Having studied in both China and the United States, he brings a multidisciplinary approach to treatment and his specialties include pain management, sports injuries, digestive disorders, and stress related syndromes.