About Acupuncture at Shin Wellness

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What is acupuncture? The proper flow of energy in the body creates health and wellness. The need for balancing of energy created the concept of Yin and Yang, the opposites and extremes.

As time passed the tree of Oriental Medicine came to encompass acupuncture, herbology, tui na massage, diet therapy, qi gong, moxa, gua sha, reflexology, ear candling, smudging, feng shui and Taoist counseling.

These concepts were then adapted into Tui Na which is a type of massage, and Qi Gong which is a method of breathing and exercise. As time progressed, points were found along the meridians where qi could be accessed. These points became the acupuncture points we use today. Around 200 B.C. the use of acupuncture to influence qi balance began.

These treatments balance the energies of each patient: physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. A wide variety of conditions can be treated with oriental medicine, including pain and injury, headaches, insomnia, digestive difficulties, stress, anxiety, and much more!

✓ Acupuncture

The use of small, thin needles to balance energy flow in the meridians or energy channels and their connecting organs. Energy can become blocked or stagnant requiring releasing needles. Weak energy requires strengthening or tonifying points. Excess energy needs dispersing needles. Acupuncture harmonizes this systemic energy and keeps it in balance through treatment and preventive maintenance.

✓ Electro-Acupuncture

The use of subtle electric currents (microcurrent) thru the energy circuits of the body using leads connected to two acupuncture points. Often used to disperse hardenings like bone spurs, nodules, stones or scar tissue and relieving acute pain and inflammation.

✓ Cupping

The use of small jars or cups attached to the skin with negative pressure or suction. Cupping promotes the free flow of energy and blood, dispels wind, cold and dampness, reduces pain and swelling, as well as drawing out deep blockages and toxins.

✓ Moxibustion

The burning of the herb, Mugwort/ Artemisia Folium (Ai Ye) to warm specific points or general areas. Needle moxa, moxa cones, moxa sticks and the moxa box all warm areas, increase circulation of energy, blood, and other fluids, build Yang energy and generally promotes health.

✓ Oriental Diet Therapy

An individualized way of looking at nutrition. Through the use of Food Combining, Proper Meal Times and Food Energetics, a personal way of eating and a wellness lifestyle are achieved.

✓ Smudging

The burning of Sage, Moxa or other herbs to aromatically and spiritually cleanse a person, space or object.

✓ Chinese Reflexology

is hand, foot and face massage which activates the eastern meridians and the western dermatomes or “reflexes”.

✓ Acupressure

Is acupuncture without the use of needles. Pressure is applied to the same points and like acupuncture, energy can be dispersed or strengthened. Many imbalances can be treated with acupressure. Children and fearful adults can receive treatment without any “needle anxiety”.

✓ Chinese Herbology

The use of natural plants, minerals, and some animal products, ingested and used topically to internally balance systemic energy. Pills, powders, teas, plasters, linaments, and oils are all used.

✓ Gua Sha or Scraping

Uses the scraping of the skin and muscle with a smooth tool to disperse stagnation and release toxins. Po Som On oil is the traditional linament used for gua sha..

✓ Tui Na

An ancient system of bodywork consisting of soft tissue massage, manual manipulation, and energy-work. The soft tissue massage uses different conceptual hand techniques which can be applied in unlimited ways providing a unique and personal massage, not a protocol or pattern. The manipulation in Tui Na is subtle and gentle.

✓ Qi Gong (or Chi Kung)

Includes breathing, warm-up exercises, energy sets, stretching, seated meditation and in some sets or forms, even intense exercise. Qi Gong can also be used for the healing of others. Meridian theory, basic acupressure, and tui na often accompany qi gong.

✓ Ear Candling

The burning of conical candles placed in the ears to naturally open the ear canal and improve ear function.

✓ Taoist Philosophy and Counseling

Uses the principles of Taoism, which provides the basis for Oriental Medicine, as tools for self-awareness, self-improvement, and self-discovery.


Treatments last about an hour and may involve any of the above treatments described with an emphasis on acupuncture, tui na massage and qi gong energy-work.

Depending upon your problem, a treatment cycle could be 3-12 treatments.

Acupuncture is not painful but you may experience sensations. Herbal and dietary suggestions may also be made.

Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and remember any questions you have!