This ancient healing practice has been proven to relieve stress and promote improvement of a number of health conditions when utilized therapeutically. Only sterile, single-use, disposable needles are used. In a typical acupuncture treatment, approximately 8-10 tiny needles are inserted in various points on the body, also known as meridian points in Chinese medicine. The sensation felt may be a pressure, heaviness, tingling or zinging feeling. Acupuncture treatments are not painful, and in fact most people find them to be quite relaxing. In the comfort of our treatment room in beautiful Durango Colorado, or sleep during the 30 minutes while the needles are retained.
Acupuncturists who utilize the practice of auricular therapy recognize that each area of the ear corresponds to an anatomical part on the body. Points on the external surface of the ear are stimulated with either a needle or a seed to treat problems in the related parts of the body. This treatment is also utilized to provide immediate stress relief.
Cupping is a type of therapy in which small cups are used over larger muscle groups that create a vacuum seal either by heat or suctioning out air. The superficial muscle layer where the cup sits is drawn up and held into the cup. This acupuncture treatment is used to stimulate movement of stagnant qi and blood that may be causing pain. Cupping also helps pull up lactic acid and toxins from deep within the muscles. It is a wonderful treatment to use for an a person in the beginning stage of a cold or flu. The cups help to draw out the virus and prevent further penetration into the body.
Cupping works well on sore muscles. Some people have stated they feel like they have gotten a mini massage afterwards. The technique does leave marks on your skin for a few days. They look like bruises, but they do not hurt and are only temporary.
Moxabustion is the use of herbal heat to stimulate the acupuncture meridians. Moxa is made from the herb Artemisia Vulgaris, commonly known as mugwort. Moxa induces a smoother flow of blood and qi. In Western medicine, moxabustion has helped turn breech babies into the correct head-down position prior to childbirth. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association documented that 75% of women who had fetuses in the breech position witnessed a rotation into the normal position before childbirth with the use of moxabustion.
Sydney uses liquid herbal tinctures from Kan Herb Company. Liquid formulas are absorbed through the semi-permeable membranous tissues in the mouth before reaching the digestive system. This allows for a more rapid assimilation and stronger effect. Liquid extracts are the most effective and bioavailable form of delivery available compared to pills, granules or powders. Liquid tinctures are also easy to take, just a few drops under the tongue so compliance and success rates are high.
Kan herbal formulas are made in the United States in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) ensuring potency and purity of the herbs.
In addition to carrying formulas for just about any issue for adults, she also carries a pediatric line that is safe and effective from infancy through adolescence. These formulas address most of the common childhood ailments including respiratory, digestive, dermatological and psychological issues.