The Acupuncture Works offers a full range of time-tested traditional Oriental Medicine treatments and techniques. By their very nature they are drug free, safe, and proven effective with the backing of 3,000 years of clinical results. Steve Mirando will partner with you to maximize your health and well-being by integrating Oriental Medicine into your health care plan.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most dependable, and widely used forms of medicine use throughout the world; it dates back over 3,000 years. By its very nature, acupuncture is gentle, safe and effective health care. Acupuncturists use ultra-thin (about the width of a human hair), sterile, single use disposable needles that are gently inserted into specific points along meridians or channels that navigate the body. The insertion and gentle stimulation of the needles triggers the body's natural healing power to restore health, prevent disease and improve well-being in the attainment of homeostasis.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a powerful, unique, natural effective form of medicine that utilizes a variety of natural substances: roots, berries, flowers, seeds, nuts, bark, leaves, stems, minerals, shells, etc. It is traditional, yet continues to evolve. It is the Chinese art of combining medicinal substances. The individual combination of these natural substances is based on the thorough diagnosis the practitioner makes based on the patients’ specific condition.
7 Star or Plum Blossom Needling
7 Star, or Plum Blossom Needling, is a technique similar to Gua Sha (see below) that uses a specially designed needle with seven small tips. Like acupuncture needles, these are very fine, small needles. This technique is often used with early stage cold symptoms, trauma and long term pain. The clinic intern practitioner will use the seven star needle to lightly tap on the affected area, rather than inserting a single needle into the area.
Similar to traditional acupuncture, Electro-Acupuncture utilizes the same acupuncture points. However, theses points are stimulated with a pulsating electric current and not by the practitioner. The acupuncture needles are inserted like a normal acupuncture treatment, the practitioner will attain the Qi reaction by hand manipulation, and then attach an electrode to the needle to provide continued stimulation. Electro-Acupuncture machines are quite small and use batteries as their power source.
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
Auricular or Ear Acupuncture is one of the many modalities grounded in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Auricular Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points with small ear needles, tiny seeds or pellets on the external ear surface for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of health conditions. It can treat a wide range of conditions from headaches and allergies to addictions and pain disorders. Auricular Acupuncture can be used alone or as a part of a full body treatment.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese form of a very deep tissue massage. Glass, plastic and rubber cups are used in a variety of different sizes. Cupping is where a partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction created. It is used to stimulate the flow of blood, lymph, and energy to the affected area. When the vacuum is released the blood, energy, and lymph flow more vigorously throughout the area.
Gua Sha is a skin scraping therapy. The technique is to scrape the surface of the body to loosen the pores in order to get rid of pathogens, and to stimulate the internal tissue and organs in order to increase resistance and self-healing. The area to be treated is first lubricated with oil and then scraped using repeated pressured strokes with a smooth edge. Commonly, a ceramic Chinese soup spoon is used. In addition to resolving musculo skeletal pain, Gua Sha is used to treat as well as prevent common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, as well as any chronic disorder involving pain, congestion of Qi and Blood.
Magnet therapy is a safe, non-invasive method of applying magnetic fields to the body for therapeutic purposes. It uses magnets that are taped in place, on acupuncture points, to encourage a homeostatic affect on the meridian. It accelerates the natural healing process and provides natural pain relief. It utilizes acupuncture theory and points without the use of needles. Magnetic therapy is said to increase overall health benefits by working with and improving the circulatory system. Benefits comprise: increased vitality, increased energy and the accelerated healing of wounds.
Infrared Heat Therapy makes use of an infrared heat lamp to alleviate inflammation and pain, stimulate weight loss, boost immunity, promote healing of wounds, stimulate cardiovascular function and much more. The waves work by vibrating at the same rate of the body. Just as a body needs a healthy intake of food and water, it needs a healthy intake of infrared waves.
Sound Therapy is a Sound Healing System or an energy-based, non-invasive treatment that is similar to acupuncture but without needles. Precision-calibrated tuning forks are applied to specific acupuncture, acupressure, and trigger points of the body to access the body's meridian. Their rich resonance and vibration connects with and supports the body's natural frequencies. Applying the forks stimulates and balances the body's physical and subtle energy fields to promote healing.
Press Pellet Therapy
Press Pellet therapy is a safe, non-invasive method of applying small metal balls with a bandage type tape that press on acupuncture points for therapeutic purposes. Like Magnetic Therapy, it accelerates the natural healing process and provides natural pain relief, using acupuncture theory and points without the use of needles. The metal protrusions provide gentle stimulation. Press Pellets are often left in place on the acupuncture point for several days in order to extend the therapeutic effects beyond the office visit.
Moxibustion or Moxa is a heat therapy derived from the plant Mugwort, and is processed into a number of forms. Moxibustion is used for treating pain, trauma, and certain cold-related conditions. Moxibustion is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to dispel cold and dampness inside the body and warm the energy pathways to facilitate smoother circulation of blood and Qi. Moxibustion is recommended specifically for individuals with stagnant body constitutions like people with colds, flu, frozen shoulders, painful menstruation and digestive ailments.