We have lots of ways to help you live a healthy life
For thousands of years, acupuncture has been helping patients feel better. It may seem odd that sticking needles in various parts of the body can help relieve pain and alleviate or cure many diseases and conditions. However thousands of years of empirical evidence and a lot of modern research support this conclusion. We only use disposable needles in carefully designed point combinations geared towards each individual patient and improvement of their condition.
Chinese herbs have been used for thousands of years to maintain health and treat disease. To this great body of traditional wisdom has been added over a century of modern research on the pharmacology of thousands of herbs and the treatment of every imaginable disease. The modern research has confirmed what the Chinese have known for millennia. That Chinese herbs are safe and effective for many chronic and acute illnesses. At A Better Life Acupuncture, we only use the highest quality and tested herbs to contribute to your healthy life.
Tui Na, literally translated as "push pull," is Chinese massage. And the benefits of massage are numerous and too long too list here. Traditonally, tui na includes stretches and, at least in China, joint manipulations similar to chiropractic. It tends to be a little harder than more traditional massage and is designed to treat specific musculoskeletal conditions.
Ever since the 2016 Summer Olympics, cupping has been the hottest therapy going. And for good reason. Cupping is the application of plastic, glass, or bamboo cups to various acupuncture points with a vacuum that pulls the skin, underlying fascia, and, depending on the location, muscle. This utterly relaxing therapy powerfully moves stagnations causing all sorts of aches and pains, removes lactic acid from overworked muscles, and can help clear many diseases.
Moxibustion is the flip side of acupuncture. The Chinese term for acupuncture is zhēnjiǔ, which literally translated means ""needle and moxibustion." Moxa is a common herb (aretemesia or mugwort) that is dried and aged. Moxibustion is the burning of the herb, most commonly above an acupuncture point, though it can be applied to a needle in a point, or directly on the skin. It is a warming. moving, and comforting treatment for many disorders.
Acupuncturists are not just trained in acupuncture and other Chinese modalities. Approximately one third of their four year training program is geared towards modern medicine. And Dr. Greg Sperber also went to medical school, though he is not licensed as an MD. What this means is: we use all the tools possible to help our patients. California allows acupuncturists to order imaging and blood tests and employ most forms of physical exam in order to help our patients. And it means we know when to send our patients to their doctors or specialists. And all of this means our patients will get the best care possible, even if that isn't with us.
Gua sha, also spelled gwa sha, is a relaxing "scraping" massage over soft tissues of the body. It can feel like a deep massage that gets in and breaks down any stagnation or knots in the muscles. It also can be applied more lightly to help in various conditions. It brings movement and circulation to the applied area and can feel wonderful while treating the patient.
Auricular therapy or ear acupuncture, which includes needles or seeds in the ear, has a long history of use in China. In modern times, auricular therapy has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that produce a sense of relaxation and work as your body’s own natural pain killers. Stress relief and a decrease in anxiety are commonly reported benefits of ear acupuncture. Auricular therapy is commonly used to benefit many health problems, including addictions, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and many other. The acupuncture points found on the ear help to regulate the body's internal organs, structures, and functions.
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Chinese medicine encompasses so much more than what can be described on a single page on a website. This includes diet and nutrition, lifestyle, psychospiritual, and many other forms of support. What it means to our patients is we are here for you in any way you need us. We are on your team...