Acupuncture Halls Services
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on how qi (energy) and blood travel through the body’s meridians. There are several components of TCM treatment–including Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua Sha, Tui Na, Electro-acupuncture and Chinese herbs, teas and formulas.
Our highly skilled Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Clinical Nutritionist, and Clinician Whole Food Nutritionist, Dr. Martha E. Hall DAOM, uses Acupuncture to relieve blockages or imbalances within the body. By inserting tiny needles along meridian lines of the body, she stimulates specific points located near or on the skin’s surface. Most people find the process relaxing, rather than painful. In fact, acupuncture service and treament are often used to treat pain, as it raises endorphin levels and diminishes the nervous system’s pain response, decrease inflammation and swelling, relaxes muscles and increases circulation to the area.
Martha is able to address the following and more:
- Chronic & Acute Pain
- Neurological Disorders – Stroke recovery, Bell’s Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders, tremors, and Parkinson’s disease
- Upper Respiratory Disorders – Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu
- Digestive Disorders – Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, post surgical hiccoughs, and ulcers,
- Urinary and Reproductive Disorders – Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility and frequent urination
- Immune Function – Recurrent infections, cancer treatment support; side effects of Chemo, and side effects of chemo medication
- Addictions – Nicotine, alcohol and drugs
- Eye and Ear Disorders – Tinnitus, Meniere’s Disease and vertigo
- Depression, anxiety, headaches, migraines, insomnia, and all related stress disorders
- Detox – Nutritional and weight loss
- Trauma – sports injuries, whiplash, sprains, broken and fractured bones
- Menopausal symptoms – hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, headache, fatigue,
Moxibustion (Moxa) is performed with an herb called mugwort. It may be burned on the handle of the needle, used alone and held above the skin, or put on top of salt or ginger and placed over the skin. This “warms” acupuncture points and areas in order to quicken the healing process.
Cupping stimulates the flow of blood within the superficial muscle layers. It breaks up obstructions and creates an avenue for toxins to be released. It is used for sore muscles, neck pain, tension, deep tissue and myofascial release, soft tissue injuries, sports injuries, sprains, broken bones, paralysis, post stroke, and the common cold. Martha places a special glass over specific areas on your body, creating a vacuum under the cup with heat or suction. The glass may be moved over an affected area or left in place. Cupping could cause small, circular bruises where the cups were applied, which disappear within a few days.
In some cases, a small amount of blood letting (vein pricking) is done first, using a pricking needle, and then the cup is applied over the site. This technique is said to promote blood circulation, remove stasis, and alleviate swelling and pain.
Gua Sha is a technique of scraping the skin, in strokes, with a round-edged instrument. In western terms, the scraping draws out blood and metabolic waste that congests the surface tissues and muscles, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. Gua Sha is valuable in treating pain, as well as preventing and treating acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many acute or chronic disorders.
Electro-acupuncture (E-Stim) uses needles with a pulsating electrical current to cause a muscle or group of muscles to contract, which helps strengthen the affected muscle. The current setting can be changed to allow for a forceful or gentle muscle contraction. Along with increasing muscle strength, the muscle contraction also promotes blood supply to the area that assists in healing. There is virtually no current transmitted through the body, but there is enough local voltage stimulus to create a reaction at the point where the needle is inserted.
Chinese Herbs, Teas, and Formulas drawn from a pharmacopeia of thousands of herbs for specific conditions. Chinese herbal medicine can be used to expedite the healing process, as well as strengthen, support and tonify the body. These formulas have the capacity to address the underlying root cause of various medical conditions, whether acute or chronic. When prescribed and used correctly, Chinese herbal formulas and teas rarely cause unwanted side effects. Chinese herbal medicine is a safe, effective and drug free way to become and stay healthy, naturally. Contact Acupuncture Halls for your customized treatment and start on the path to health and well being.