Claudette Baker L.Ac., Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture is one of the essential elements of Oriental medicine and is the oldest, most commonly used medical procedure in the world. Originating in China more than 3,000 years ago, the practice of Oriental medicine includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal preparations and dietary therapy, electro-acupuncture, cupping, guasha, manual therapies such as acupressure, moxibustion, and exercises such as tai chi or qi gong. For conditions treated, click here. (Learn more)
Oriental medicine includes the practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbology and Asian bodywork therapy (ABT) is a comprehensive health care system encompassing a variety of traditional healthcare therapies that have been used for more than 3,000 years to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. For conditions treated, click here. (Learn more)
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Chinese herbology includes treatment with substances such as plants, roots, minerals and more. Like acupuncture, Chinese herbology has evolved as an integral part of Chinese medicine and is used to harmonize imbalances in the body. The healing properties of natural herbs have received wide public attention and medical validation in the West. In China, on the other hand, the therapeutic powers of herbal remedies have been universally accepted and applied for thousands of years. Medicinal herbology has been developed and refined by Chinese doctors over many centuries.. Chinese Herbology can also be used safely and effectively with Western medical practices, both conventional and alternative.
Low level laser (far-infrared) therapy generates a single wavelength of light that is safe and non-invasive. It is not visible and emits no heat, sound, or vibration, and is believed to affect the function of connective tissue cells (fibroblasts), accelerate connective tissue repair and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. There is also evidence to suggest that LLLs activate the mitochondria to increase the production of ATP, the unit of energy produced in the body, which would explain part of the healing effect. Lasers with different wavelengths, varying from 632 to 904 nm, are used in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, carpal tunnel, stroke rehab, surgical scars, non-healing wounds, and neuropathy.
The amethyst BioMat is an FDA-approved medical device which promotes a deep state of relaxation in a matter of minutes. It is pleasantly warm and lies on top of our massage tables, adding another dimension of healing to each acupuncture treatment! Heat passing through amethyst crystals produces Far Infrared Rays (FIR), nature’s invisible light. The BioMat also produces Negative Ions, nature’s energizer, which deliver a ‘massage’ on the molecular level. This accelerates and deepens all healing and cleansing processes. Note that there are no EMFs produced by this mat and is safe and gentle. (Learn more)
Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time
Gua Sha is a manual therapy that helps to reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness in muscles. Oil is applied to the skin and scraped with the smooth edge of an instrument to produce light 'sha' or bruising. This procedure helps the blood and energy in the tissue to flow more freely.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of Chinese medicine in which a local suction is created by heating and applying glass cups onto oiled skin and then either sliding them or letting them sit on tight muscles to invigorate the circulation and reduce tightness. It feels like a deep massage and is very soothing.
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