Acupuncture
Acupuncture is part of a complete holistic health care system, and provides effective treatment for both acute illness or pain and chronic disease. It enhances the body's innate ability to heal itself, improving overall physiological function and promoting emotional well-being. Acupuncture is also used as preventative medicine, strengthening immunity and supporting overall health.

Meridians, or channels of Qi (life force), flow through the body similar to rivers and streams through land. Disease occurs when Qi and blood are blocked and circulation becomes impaired, often causing pain. Like a river that has been dammed, the area upstream becomes flooded while the area downstream becomes parched and deficient.

Acupuncture promotes smooth circulation of Qi and blood, and strengthens the body where it is weak by means of the insertion of very fine, sterile, needles into the body at points on meridians, or channels of energy, that run through the body. Most people feel minimal or no pain on insertion. After the needle is inserted, there can be various Qi sensations, such as heaviness, dullness, movement in either direction along the channel. In the classical Chinese style, these signs of 'the arrival of Qi are a positive indication of an effective treatment.

Acupuncture is recognized in the United States as a real and viable treatment for illness, including acute and chronic pain (such as musculo-skeletal conditions, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain and tennis elbow). In 1997, the National Institute of Health (NIH) issued a consensus statement on acupuncture, concluding that:
  • There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value.

  • The data in support of acupuncture is as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies

  • The incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same condition Acupuncture is safe, using sterile, single-use needles approved by the FDA. Jasmine has met both State and National requirements in ‘Clean Needle Technique' certification.
Acupuncture is safe, using sterile, single-use needles approved by the FDA. Jasmine has met both State and National requirements in 'Clean Needle Technique' certification.

Moxibustion
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy applied to acupuncture points on the body using burning dried mugwort (artemesia vulgaris). There are different methods of application, the most common using mugwort rolled into a stick that looks like a cigar, ignited, and held two to three inches away from the body creating a mild and pleasant warmth.

The word "moxa: comes from the Japanese word for mugwort, mogusa. The Chinese word for acupuncture, zhen jiu, translates to "needle" and "moxa", so in fact half of the meaning of this therapy is moxibustion (jiu).

Moxibustion is especially useful in strengthening the immune system and treating pain. It promotes circulation and can be used safely to enhance fertility and support pregnancy, including turning a breech baby.