Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine - Napa, CA

How Does Acupuncture Work?

  • Awakens and stimulates the body to heal itself.
  • Eliminates blockages and restores flow of Qi in meridians.
  • Restores balance to internal organ systems.
  • Promotes circulation of blood.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Releases pain relieving endorphins.
  • Enhances the immune system.
  • "Micro-trauma" stimulates various molecules and cells.
  • Initiates cellular responses in connective tissue.
  • Stimulates macrophages, lymphocytes and other cellular activity.
  • Increases serotonin levels in the brain to improve mood.
  • Decreases cortisol levels in the blood (stress hormone).
  • Regulates the endocrine (hormonal) system.
  • Balances sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
  • Causes physiological reactions affecting brain activity.
  • Transmits signals through nervous system to brain.
  • Releases muscle contractions and resets muscle length.
  • Strengthens tendons and ligaments.
  • Improves range of motion.

Research - The Science of Acupuncture
Langevin, H., Churchill, D., Cipolla, M. (2001). Mechanical signaling through connective tissue: A mechanism for the therapeutic effect of acupuncture. FASEB Journal, 15:2275-82.

Conditions Treated
Click here for more information on conditions which are often treated using acupuncture and/or herbal medicine for children and adults.

Sessions Include
Oriental Medicine is an ancient form of medicine that is holistic and supports wellness in all areas of life.  Besides acupuncture, sessions may include herbal formula customization, dietary and nutritional counseling, and stretching or exercise recommendations. Sessions may also include cupping, moxibustion, electrostimulation, gua sha and topical herbal applications.

Length & Frequency of Treatment
Varies depending on condition being treated, severity, whether it is of an acute or chronic nature and how well patient responds to treatment. Usually a minimum of weekly sessions are needed to effectively treat most conditions; some conditions may require two or even three treatments per week to get optimal results. On the other hand, sometimes treatment on as as-needed basis may be sufficient. Call if you have any questions or would like a free consultation to get an idea of what treatment might be like.

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