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a gentle approach.

Acupuncture is a method used to assist your body's own ability to heal naturally.  This is done by gently inserting hair thin, sterile, single use acupuncture needles into very specific points of the body. Traditionally speaking, this process will remove obstructions, thus correcting imbalances in the body.   A more modern theory is that these points have a direct effect on an individual's nervous system, causing a release of chemicals that help alleviate pain, or even stimulate the immune system.

If you are worried about what Acupuncture feels like, please know that  Calabasas Acupuncture employs a very gentle technique when inserting the acupuncture needles. Your comfort is our biggest priority. Any worries or concerns will happily be discussed to help put your mind and body at ease.

as individual as you are

During an Acupuncture treatment the patient will be asked lots of questions about their physical body, as well as questions about how they are doing mentally and emotionally. Pulses will be taken and the practitioner will take a quick peak at the tongue.  This is done to understand the individual pattern that the patient is presenting with.  While this  process enables the practitioner to correctly choose which acupuncture points will be used; it also ensures the correct herbal formula for the patient. An  herbal formula can be utilized as a stand alone treatment as well as to help support an acupuncture treatment. Its purpose is to balance the body's internal functions in order to bring relief.  

different paths to healing

Cupping has been used as a folk medicine in many cultures, and with good reason. Application of cups to the skin create a vacuum effect and allow for the release of tense muscles. This suction enables fresh blood and oxygen to flow to areas of tired and sore muscles, providing nourishment. Cupping can also be used for other purposes, for example when you feel like you are coming down with a cold. Cupping may shorten it's duration, or stop it in it's tracks. During a running cupping session, oil is applied to the skin and the cups will be moved around the areas of treatment, during a static cupping session cups will stay in one place. 

In addition to Cupping, Moxibustion, Tuina or Shoni-Shin are other treatments modalities that may be used during your visit.

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