At Boulder Canyon Acupuncture Clinic we listen to you and your body and pick the right treatments for you in that moment in time. As acupuncturists, we have a variety of techniques to aid us in helping our patients. Any given treatment may include the use of moxibustion, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, Sotai Movement Therapy, Diet/Nutritional Counseling or Shiatsu Massage Therapy.
Chinese Herbal Therapy:
Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat all sorts of conditions—physical and emotional. An herbal formula is put together only after the practitioner has taken a detailed history about the patient’s condition, current functioning and past medical history. The formula is then created using anywhere from 3-15 different herbal ingredients, tailored to the individual patient.
Chinese herbs traditionally work on the level of the qi (body’s energy) and blood (nourishment), aiming to balance both physically and energetically. Modern research has shown the biomedical actions and benefits of many Chinese herbs. This information is also taken in to account when creating formulas for patients.
Moxibustion is the application of heat to acupuncture points and is one of the oldest and most effective forms of Oriental therapy. Moxibustion involves burning moxa, which is an herb called Artemesia Vulgaris (Mugwort). There are two different types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. Japanese Acupuncturists adopted both methods but prefer to use direct moxibustion because of its effectiveness. Direct moxibustion is applied by using the fingers to roll a small amount of moxa into the size of a sesame seed or half of a grain of rice. This piece is then placed on the skin at an acupuncture point and burned with a special type of incense. The result is an intense, penetrating heat that stimulates the acupuncture point involved without being uncomfortable for the patient.
Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to fifteen minutes. We use cupping to treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling.
Sotai is a popular Japanese structural integration bodywork system, developed by Keizo Hashimoto M.D. of Japan. This manual therapy can be loosely tied to Osteopathic work. Sōtai involves active and passive movements with an emphasis on awareness, and the breath. Sotai is different from regular exercise because it distinguishes between balanced movements that are natural and beneficial and those that are unnatural and cause strains and physical distortions. This model of treatment is based on restoring structural balance that is claimed to work with the breath and movements toward comfort (or away from pain). The aim of Sotai is to help the body restore and maintain its natural balance.
More often than not, patient’s conditions require “outside work” or “homework” in order to achieve the most long-lasting and the most optimal results. If necessary, the practitioners at Boulder Canyon Acupuncture Clinic will create a list or plan of recommendations that the patient can take home with them as “homework”. Examples include relaxation techniques, a diet plan tailored to each patient, visualization exercises to incorporate, sleep hygiene recommendations, etc.