Your journey to wellness begins with your first session. We will discuss your energy, your spirit and your body in detail and explore the many ways the Japanese and Chinese healing arts might be able to help you.
The treatments you seek today might be different from those best for you next week, next month or long down the line. As your body heals, your situation changes and your needs evolve, we will refresh your treatment strategy.
If you’re new to acupuncture, you might be surprised to learn that Japanese needle insertions are very gentle and cause little to no discomfort. In most cases, all you will feel is a light warming or tingling sensation, numbness or slight soreness, pressure or relief.
The sensation you feel is directly related to the healing result — the lack of response might indicate that the energy (Qi) as yet to return to its proper pathway. Your feedback throughout the process will help Minerva Henson achieve a successful result.
Electroacupuncture is good for relieving muscle spasms, neurological disorders, stroke damage, acne and acute nausea. Electroacupuncture activates the body’s endorphin system and lowers blood pressure. The procedure is painless; most patients only feel the mild sensation of a light electrical current. Gentle electric pulses can also regenerate damaged tissue and aid in facial rejuvenation.
Other Eastern Medicine Modalities
The following Eastern Medicine modalities are often used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture. These treatment alternatives are also a great source of healing and comfort for children and adults with needle sensitivities.
Chinese Herbs are an essential component to most acupuncture treatment plans. Herbs work from within the body to return bloodflow, digestion, metabolism and hormone production to a natural balance. By restoring natural energy, immunity is strengthened and an overall quality of life is improved.
Most Chinese Herbs, including astragalus, ginkgo, ginseng, green tea, and eleuthero (aka Siberian Ginseng) can be swallowed whole, eaten or sipped like tea. Minerva Henson may draw upon hundreds of available Chinese herbs to create special formulas that address a patient’s specific needs.
Moxibustion • Moxa
Since ancient times, expertly controlled fire has been a great source of healing and relief. When Mugwart is burned close to the skin, cold is dispelled, blood is strengthened and blood flow is stimulated. Moxa brings warm, soothing, immediate relief to a variety of common ailments.
Acute and Chronic conditions
Musculoskeletal pain, headaches, tendonitis,
arthritis, digestive disorders and allergies.
Gynecology: menstrual cramps, irregular menses, infertility
Neuropathy (Weakness, numbness, tingling and
pain in hands and feet)
Cupping is a more intense and invigorating version of Gua Sha. A heated glass vacuum cylinder is placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow. Cupping also helps remove adhesions on inner connective tissue and muscle layers. Instead of stripes, you will see bright red to dark purple circles underneath the skin that will last for a few days.
Blood and lymph stagnation
Respiratory diseases: cold, pneumonia, bronchitis
Back, neck and shoulder pain — and other
Acutonics ® Sound Therapy
When the body is out of tune, the right chord can often return it to harmony. Vibrations from audio tones that are pure, constant and pitched at varying frequencies can gently soothe the body, block out mental static and immediately ease stress.
I use Acutonics tuning forks to create a profound sense of peace in the mind and heart.
Our sense of smell triggers the limbic region of the brain, which is responsible for important functions such as memory, heart rate, stress levels and hormone balance. Thus, the scents found in essential oils can numerous improvements in health, including relaxation and well being.
Physical conditions (hay fever, runny nose, skin disorders, etc.)
Emotional conditions (Depression, stress, anxiety)
Used to enhance acupuncture treatment
Shonishin • Pediatric Acupuncture
Shonishin is relatively modern by acupuncture standards; it was developed 250 years ago in Japan. The practice achieves the same results as adult acupuncture, but is less scary for children. Rhyhmic stroking, tapping, light pressure, gentle scratching and non-insertion needle pokes replace the adult techniques we describe above. Children often enjoy an immediate relief to their symptoms while finding the experience very enjoyable.
Respiratory disorders: cough, wheezing, bronchitis,
This ancient technique uses a ceramic spoon to apply pressurized strokes to the back and other parts of the body, depending on the condition. As the spoon moves forward across the skin, blood flows up to the skin surface in its wake. You’ll see a temporary red to dark purple stripe (petechiae) along the skin while immediately enjoying deeper breaths and a settled stomach.
The human body, even at rest, is a system that is constantly in motion. When electricity, blood, fluids,
waste or nutrients stop flowing the way they should, the body responds with discomfort. Many infection, respiration and digestive issues result from poor blood circulation, so Gua Sha sets the corrects the flow of blood to the affected area.
Acute and chronic pain, strains, sprains and muscle spasms.
Illness and upper respiratory issues: fever, chills, asthma, bronchitis, cough
Digestive issues: indigestion, constipation, nausea