Traditional Chinese medicine is an ancient form of medicine derived from East Asia. It is based on the idea that disharmony in the body is what causes dis-ease. If one aspect of your health is out of balance, it is going to affect the entire body, you can't separate the parts of the body and treat them as if they're not part of a larger whole. At Arnesen Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine we work to address the root cause of your concerns instead of covering up and treating your symptoms one-by-one. Traditional Chinese medicine not only includes acupuncture, but also herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, and gua sha.
Acupuncture is the insertion of single-use, very thin, sterile needles into points on the body. It works by improving circulation & blood flow in the body. It works to promote the body's natural healing ability to perform at its best. It is commonly used for the treatment of pain, but is excellent at treating a variety of ailments ranging from painful periods & irregular cycles to the common cold & allergies.
An Initial Intake Session of 90 minutes is required to complete a full health history and analysis. Follow up sessions offered are 60 & 90 minutes. Sessions include other modalities as needed such as cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, etc.
Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years for a variety of ailments ranging from acute conditions to chronic & long standing conditions. They are incredibly effective and have very few side effects when prescribed by a qualified & licensed herbalist. Herbal recommendations vary greatly from western pharmaceuticals as there is not one specific herb or formula for one ailment. Chinese herbal medicine is not a one size fits all approach, it is highly individualized for each person.
Cupping is used in the treatment of acute injury & chronic pain. It works on the fascia & muscles to release adhesion to promote healing. It is great to alleviate muscle tension, promote circulation, increase recovery, and ease pain. It is commonly used on the back and is often compared to a reverse massage. Instead of applying pressure to the muscles, a suction is formed in the cup which pulls the fascia, skin & muscles away from the body.
Fire cupping is used on the body, in which a flame is lit inside of the cup to cause suction, whereas suction cupping (with no fire) is used on the face during facial rejuvenation services.
Fire cupping on the body is generally included in all acupuncture sessions but can also be completed on its own, while facial cupping is included in facial rejuvenation sessions and can also be completed on its own.
Moxibustion is the burning of the Chinese herb Ai Ye (Mugwort) close to the body. It is used to promote circulation, warm & nourish the body. It is also effective in the treatment of pain & injury. It is best known for enhancing fertility, increasing energy levels, boosting the immune system, and turning breached babies.
Gua sha is the use of an object (often a stone or Chinese soup spoon) to scrape the skin thus producing temporary redness and bruising. It improves circulation & blood flow, releases adhesion in fascia, and is commonly used to treat acute injury & chronic pain.
Facial gua sha is also offered in our facial rejuvenation sessions and can be scheduled on its own with facial cupping & gua sha.
This is a facial rejuvenation protocol designed by Michelle Gellis to brighten skin, release tension in the face, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and treat the overall constitution of the person. This 90 minute treatment creates more collagen production on the face and it strengthens the immune system by stimulating the lymphatic system, improves circulation, reduces stress and strengthens Qi.
During a facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatment, a specific point protocol is administered on the body, and small, fine needles are inserted into fine lines and acupuncture points on the face to release tension and improve skin tone. The session ends with 25 relaxing minutes of facial cupping and gua sha.
Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is used to rejuvenate the skin by stimulating the natural production of collagen and elastin. Treatments can address fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, reduce acne, decreases pore size, improve skin tone, and make the skin smoother.
What to expect - We begin our session with an overview of goals, review of health history, and administer acupuncture needles to the body. Moving onto the microneedling portion of the session, we cleanse the face and apply numbing cream. We use a pen from AcuLift, which has a cartridge of 16 fine acupuncture needles spaced evenly apart, with adjustable speeds, to create micro-channels in the skin. The pen glides
over the skin and the hyaluronic acid based serum penetrates the treated areas, hydrating the skin and stimulating new production of collagen and elastin.
This treatment takes 90 minutes for new patients and 60 minutes for established patients. Treatments should be scheduled 6 weeks apart.
Facial Cupping & Gua Sha
Facial cupping a wonderful way to reduce wrinkles, plump up the lips, treat dry skin, exfoliate, and move Qi in the acupuncture meridians that run through the face. It is done with small suction cups and fire is not used. The cups are not retained, therefore will not leave marks on the skin. The cups gently slide across the skin with light suction promoting relaxation instantly.
Gentle gua sha is used to reduce tension, decrease puffiness and promote the movement of qi and fresh oxygenated blood in the treated areas.
This can be scheduled as a 30 minute add on to regular acupuncture treatments or a stand alone appointment for 45 minutes.
Nanoneedling brightens and tightens the skin by stimulating the natural production of collagen and elastin. Treatments can address fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, decreases pore size, improve skin tone, and make the skin smoother. Nanoneedling treats the most superficial layer of the skin, there is no numbing, pain, or downtime after treatments. These treatments can be scheduled as often as twice a week.
What to expect - We begin our session with an overview of goals, review of health history and administer acupuncture needles to the body. Moving onto the the nanoneedling portion of the session, we cleanse the face and apply a hyaluronic acid based serum. We use a pen from AcuLift and its nanoneedling cartridge, which glides over the skin. The hyaluronic acid serum penetrates the treated areas, hydrating the skin and stimulating new production of collagen and elastin.
This treatment takes 90 minutes for new patients and 60 minutes for established patients. Treatments can be scheduled weekly.