Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
Are you suffering from dry skin, thin brittle hair, insomnia, fatigue, cold, constipation, depression, weight gain…? These are all symptoms of hypothyroid. Symptoms are simply symptoms – a symptom of a larger issue. Taking a step back, we can figure out where these symptoms are coming from and address the body as a whole. What “symptoms” do you have?... anxiety, brain fog, arthritis, neck, shoulder or back pain, sciatica, fatigue, joint pain, swelling, headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, asthma, belly fat…? Acupuncture has been effective for treating these and many other issues.
At To The Point, high quality traditional and Japanese style acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha and herbal medicine are provided in the tradition of the great masters.
Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances — including herbs — to enhance one's health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities.
Since each patient has different needs, I carefully select and combine a variety of herbs that will synergistically blend together to achieve optimal results for your unique situation. I prescribe high-quality, professional-grade herbal medicines that are available only to qualified licensed professionals.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Electroacupuncture is a highly effective holistic treatment for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture. Using the exact same system of Chinese Medicine, very thin, sterile needles are inserted into specific points along the meridians of your body. The needles are attached to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points. This helps restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.
Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.
First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. A smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon) is used to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called "Sha"), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow of Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. But the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.
Tui Na is an ancient form of bodywork that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I use a variety of pressures and strokes along the meridians (energy pathways) of your body to both relax your muscles and also stimulate the flow of energy throughout your body. By treating both the physical (musculature) and energetic (Qi) levels of your body at the same time, I can achieve results far beyond what you’d receive from a conventional massage therapy session.
Hair thin, disposable needles are placed in energy channels (or meridians) that either begin or end on the face, that work to modify the energy flow of a person’s body.
As blockages in the meridians are removed and energy is free to move, blood and energy flow to the face and properly nourish, hydrate, and tone the skin while diminishing fine lines.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can erase 5-10 years from your face, with results apparent after just a few treatments.
As a practitioner of Facial Rejuvenation, Mary Hills, DACM, LAc, is California State Certified with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture & Herbology, a National Board certified diplomate (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture & Herbology, and Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (DACM). Mary has studied under the direction of renowned Brazilian cosmetic acupuncturist Fernando Fernandez, LAc, and Martha Lucas, PhD, LAc, practitioner and teacher of the Mei Zen cosmetic facial rejuvenation method.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is one of the most popular ways for people to look (and feel) younger! Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture is especially effective at lifting the skin by firming and rejuvenating it.
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