All needles used in our clinic are pre-sterilized, single-use and disposable. The needles are usually inserted with a guide tube. It is virtually painless! Some people feel a slight pinch when the needle goes in, and this is mostly at the most sensitive areas such as the wrists or the face. For needle sensitive patients, we supply silicone coated needles for smoother and painless insertion. Please visit the acupuncture page for more detailed information and what you can expect during a treatment.
We stock a full herbal dispensary. You might go home with a prescription - it could be a big bag of bulk herbs you boil everyday and drink, or it may be a powder, tincture or tablet. Please visit the herbs page for more info on the herbs we stock in our dispensary.
Moxa is made from the mugwort (Artemesia) plant. A wooly, golden cotton-like material is collected from the underside of the mugwort leaf. This is pressed or rolled into cones or bits the size of a grain of rice and burned over acupuncture points. More commonly, a smokeless variety is used since unprocessed moxa can produce a large volume of smoke. Moxa is very effective for pain relief, healing trauma, enhancing the immune system, dispelling internal cold, menstrual cramps/pain and many, many other applications. In addition, moxa has the pleasant side effect of calming the mind.