Treatment Modalities Explained


Acupuncture stimulates soft tissue with small needles to elicit endocrine, neurological, and immune/inflammatory responses that promote healing and internal balance, alleviate pain, provide stress relief, and induce relaxation.


Trigger Point Acupuncture aka "Dry Needling"

Acupuncture Dry Needling is a tool for treating myofascial pain. It works by eliminating hyperactive "trigger points” that refer pain across nerve, muscle, and connective tissue.  Dry needling refers to the insertion of very fine acupuncture needles in order to treat the trigger points.  When trigger points are deactivated, they normalize and become less reactive.


Cupping is a method that uses suction to increase circulation and stretch tissue.  Cupping is excellent for pain management and improving lymph and blood flow. 



Moxibustion uses the common herb mugwort, or moxa, burned near acupuncture points or reactive areas of the body, and is used for its warming and blood-invigorating properties.


Gua Sha

Gua sha is also called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’.  This technique removes blood stagnation which is considered pathogenic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Modern research shows that the sha, or petechiae, produce an anti inflammatory and immune protective response that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment.  This accounts for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting,etc. 


Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbal therapy has been used for centuries in China, where herbs are considered fundamental therapy for many acute and chronic conditions. Chinese herbs can address unhealthy body patterns that manifest in a variety of symptoms and complaints. The aims of Chinese Herbal Medicine are to help you regain balance in your body and to strengthen your body’s resistance to disease.


Dietary/Supplement Therapy

Specific dietary and nutritional recommendations may be necessary to enhance treatment for many health disorders, including gastrointestinal problems, allergies, chronic pain, fatigue, and mental health conditions.


Massage Therapy

As a licensed acupuncturist, we are trained in Shaitsu and TuiNa- Asian therapeutic massage techniques and as needed, we incorporate these techniques into the treatments.

If you are looking for a full massage session, we have a licensed Massage Therapist in office who we can schedule you an appointment with.  

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Lisa McCoog, L.OM, Dipl.OM

"I believe that there is a better way to health and wellness.  I believe that true healing can occur when Alternative Medicine works together with Conventional Medicine to help patients achieve their greatest potential and healing.  My goal is to help my patients achieve their greatest level of health and happiness;

whether that is by reducing pain, addressing stress or mental health issues, allergies and digestive disorders or any myriad of things in between.”

-Lisa McCoog, L.OM, Dipl.OM, M.Ac

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