Acupuncture: Developed over 3,000 years ago, acupuncture has been used in Chinese Medicine to treat illness and infertility, relieve pain, alleviate stress, and promote health and well-being. Its method involves the insertion and manipulation of tiny needles—about the width of a human hair—along the body’s meridian lines.
“Gila’s acupuncture helped relax my body and stimulate blood flow that I believe improved my sperm count and contributed to a healthy pregnancy. Her understanding of the body and her practice also helped eliminate excess heat which manifested in monthly night sweats. I would gladly recommend her services!” – Jim Rinehart
Nutrition: In traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition is viewed as the art of balancing one’s diet in terms of taste—for instance, spicy, sour, bitter, sweet, and salty—as well as in terms of the essential energetic properties of the food. In the colder seasons, eating foods that are more “yang,” or warming to the body, is desired, while in the warmer seasons, eating foods that are more “yin,” or cooling to the body, is advised. At Island Acupuncture, we guide you through arriving at a balanced and nutritional diet that is most efficacious for improving your health!
Exercise: The exercises tai qi and qi gong focus on creating harmony within the body by using breath work and visualization to regulate the flow of Qi.
Cupping: This technique uses warmed cups that are placed upon the skin. The heat creates suction, pulling underlying tissue and blood toward the surface of the skin. Cupping is used to treat colds and fevers, back pain, and digestive discomfort.
Moxibustion: This therapy involves the use of the mugwort herb, also referred to as moxa. The herb is burned near the skin or on the acupuncture needle, warming the acupuncture points. Moxa, when burned, is better at warming the skin than many other warming techniques.
Gua-sha: Gua-sha is a traditional Chinese Medicine technique involving manipulation of the skin in a stroking fashion with a rounded instrument. It relieves the pathogenic stagnation of blood through increasing healthy circulation throughout the body, and is also a technique used to alleviate pain and other bodily ailments, while increasing the healthy activity of the body’s systems.