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Adjunctive Therapies

While the primary focus of treatment will be acupuncture, these additional therapies may be included to enhance your treatment outcome. They will not necessarily be used every time, only when its diagnostically supported to suit your specific needs.


Moxibustion involves the gentle and safe heating of acupuncture points with a smoldering herb named artemesia vulgaris or mugwort. It is commonly known as moxa. Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, strengthens blood and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive, and non-injuring technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.


Cupping is an ancient Chinese Medicine technique in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping", uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. This safe, non-invasive, and non-injuring technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.


While yoga isn't included as part of our in-office treatment regimen, we do recommend you consider it as a powerful and low impact option for healing, centering, and general well being. As a long time practitioner of yoga, I've come to realize that what I learn and experience on the mat easily translates into life off the mat! As with any form of movement, please check in with your abilities and, if needed, speak with your doctor.

At its very core, yoga is the ancient practice of breathwork tied to movement or stillness. Yoga includes stretching, balancing, and a combination of more vigorous and restorative postures. All the postures are done to your comfort and skill level. Yoga can have a powerful effect on your qi, or energy, and can provide wonderful support between acupuncture treatments. The instructors at Village Yoga (one of several studios in the Sandhills area) offer a wide variety of low cost classes and boasts a clientele from across all walks of life. No one is too young or old, too flexible or not! I invite you to explore how yoga might enhance your daily living!

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