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Acupuncture: Beyond Needles

Acupuncture: Beyond Needles

by Sophia Kieri L.Ac.

We are passionate about guiding you towards optimal health and vitality through a range of holistic techniques that extend beyond traditional acupuncture.

Whether you’re curious about acupuncture’s role in promoting overall well-being or interested in exploring complementary therapies like moxibustion, electro-acupuncture, Tui Na massage or herbal medicine, we’re here to empower you on your journey to holistic wellness.

Discovering the Benefits of Moxibustion

When you step into our serene space, you might notice a soothing, earthy aroma—this is moxa, made from mugwort (known as Ai Ye in Chinese).

Moxibustion is a therapeutic technique that involves burning dried mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) near specific acupuncture points on the body. This practice has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and other holistic healing systems.

Moxibustion helps stimulate circulation, promote the flow of qi (vital energy), and support the body’s natural healing processes. In this way it can serve as a vital adjunct to acupuncture. By harnessing the power of warmth, we alleviate cold or damp symptoms, invigorate the flow of qi and blood.

Moxibustion, using heat on specific points of the body, helps:

  • cold symptoms
  • menstrual disorders
  • digestive troubles
  • strengthen your immune system
  • promote emotional balance to relieve stress, anxiety and depression
  • even breech presentation during pregnancy.

Electro-Acupuncture / E-Stim

We also offer electro-acupuncture, which combines ancient acupuncture principles with modern technology.

Electro-acupuncture is a modern variation of traditional acupuncture that incorporates the use of electrical stimulation applied to acupuncture needles. By applying gentle electrical currents to acupuncture needles, we can boost circulation, ease inflammation, and enhance overall vitality.

During an electro-acupuncture session, fine needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body, and then gentle electric currents are passed between pairs of needles or through a device connected to the needles. This electrical stimulation enhances the therapeutic effects of acupuncture by providing continuous stimulation to the acupuncture points.

Electro-acupuncture is commonly used to manage pain, reduce inflammation, and promote healing for various musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, back pain, and sports injuries. It can also be beneficial for addressing neurological disorders, digestive issues, and reproductive health concerns like fertility support.

The intensity and frequency of the electrical impulses can be adjusted based on individual needs and treatment goals. Electro-acupuncture is safe when performed by a qualified practitioner and can be integrated into personalized treatment plans to optimize outcomes for patients seeking natural and effective pain relief and wellness support.

Tui Na Massage: Hands-On Wellness

Our tui na Chinese therapeutic massages are a wonderful hands-on way to promote wellness.

Tui Na massage is a therapeutic Chinese massage technique that involves applying rhythmic pressure and manipulation to specific areas of the body, including acupressure points and meridians.

This form of bodywork aims to balance the flow of qi (vital energy) within the body and promote overall wellness. Tui Na practitioners use various techniques such as kneading, rolling, and stretching to address musculoskeletal issues, improve circulation, and alleviate tension and pain.

Tui Na massage is often employed to treat conditions like neck and shoulder stiffness, back pain, headaches, and sports injuries. In addition to its physical benefits, Tui Na is known for its ability to reduce stress, enhance relaxation, and support emotional well-being.

Sessions are tailored to each individual’s specific needs, and regular Tui Na massage can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan for maintaining health and vitality. When performed by a skilled practitioner, Tui Na massage offers a holistic approach to healing that complements other modalities within traditional Chinese medicine.

Harnessing the Power of Herbal Medicine

To complement our therapies, we create personalized herbal remedies using a blend of botanicals, minerals, and natural substances. These custom formulations are designed to address your unique health needs and restore balance.

Herbal medicine involves the use of plants and plant extracts for therapeutic purposes. This ancient healing practice harnesses the medicinal properties of herbs to support health and treat various ailments.

Herbal medicine is based on the principle that plants contain natural compounds that can interact with the body to promote healing and restore balance. Practitioners of herbal medicine create custom formulations tailored to individual needs, taking into account factors such as the patient’s constitution, specific health concerns, and overall wellness goals.

Herbal remedies can be administered in various forms, including teas, tinctures, capsules, powders, and topical applications.

Herbal medicine is often integrated into holistic treatment plans to address a wide range of conditions, including digestive disorders, respiratory issues, hormonal imbalances, skin conditions, and immune support. When used under the guidance of a trained herbalist or healthcare provider, herbal medicine can be a safe and effective complement to conventional medical care, offering natural alternatives for promoting health and well-being.

Your Holistic Wellness Journey

Here at Many Lives Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is more than just needlework—it’s a holistic journey towards wellness. Our goal is to accompany you on this path, blending ancient wisdom with modern techniques to help you achieve optimal health and balance.

Start Your Journey

If you’re ready to explore holistic healing and expand your horizons beyond traditional approaches, we invite you to begin your wellness journey with us.

Let’s work together to unlock your body’s natural potential for health and vitality.

Many Lives Chinese Medicine
Acupuncturist Redwood City
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