Free 15 minute consultation
This is given on the phone or in-person and is your opportunity to ask any questions about your personal condition or something you wanted clarified from reading the website. Feel free to call 617-678-8812 or book an appointment online at https://www.inspiredacupuncture.com/book-now.
Acupuncture services may include cupping, and the use of moxa in addition to tiny little needles to stimulate the qi. Acupuncture is a relaxing method of stimulating the body to both improve overall health and address specific disease states. Please see the "Acupuncture" and "Acupuncture/FAQ" and "Acupuncture/Conditions Treated" sections of the website for more details.
While acupuncture is known for treating pain and nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy and chemotherapy side effects; many conditions can be helped with acupuncture both acute and chronic. Review the list of conditions treated and call for a free consultation if you have questions about whether acupuncture can help you.
Cupping is a non-invasive treatment that has been used for thousands of years both as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and other cultural medical modalities.
Cupping therapy is the use of either glass or non-porous plastic cups being used to create suction wherever they are placed on the body. Suction is created by having a vacuum inside the cup which pulls blood and Qi to the surface. This not only improves blood flow, removes stagnation, thereby reducing pain, it increases the immune response, and induces the parasympathetic nervous system to create a wonderful relaxed feeling. Cupping can also induce myofascia release, lymphatic drainage and detoxification to reduce pain and support the immune response. Cupping will leave a bruise that resolves itself within a few days.
Your acupuncturist will determine if this is an appropriate therapy for your condition and make you aware of any side effects, such as bruising, before using cupping as a treatment modality.
For more information on the benefits of cupping, please refer to the article: https://cuppingresource.com/cupping-benefits/
Essential oils are used on acupuncture points to stimulate energetic healing with specific points and oils. For those who have a fear of needles, this can be a wonderful introduction to Chinese medicine without those tiny needles. Acupuncture with Aromatherapy can be done with a combinations of using tiny needles and the essential oils or the oils alone. We use Snow Lotus essential oils for their quality and purity. For more information on Snow Lotus oils: http://www.snowlotus.org/about-snow-lotus-essential-oils/.
Moxa or moxibustion is a term derived from the Japanese word mogusa or mo kusa, meaning, “burning herb.” The herb comes from the mugwort plant with the Latin name artemisia vulgaris or artemisia argyii. It has a long history in both Chinese medicine and as being used in western cultural medicine from ancient times. The Latin name artemisia is associated with the Greek god Artemis.
Moxa is used to warm the body, strengthen immunity, decrease pain, and is also known to help turn a breech baby. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 a study found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion with acupuncture. Moxibustion may also reduce the symptoms of menstrual cramps , especially if they are due to cold in the uterus or blood stagnation, both being conditions moxa is effective at treating.
Overall Moxa enhances the acupuncture treatments and can be used directly on the skin or on a needle. The herb is uniquely suited to being used with needles as it is a spongy herb that holds together well and burns slowly.
Contraindications are certain skin conditions, a person with a hot constitution and/or condition, and those with respiratory disorders, depending upon the type of moxa used, (smokeless is okay).
Your acupuncturist will determine if moxa is an appropriate adjunct to be used with your acupuncture treatment.
Initial Nutritional Consulting
Your first nutritional consult is an evaluation that includes your medical intake, diet and lifestyle habits and your goals as to what you would like to improve.
Herbal and vitamin supplements are determined using a standardized questionnaire for symptom evaluation and the Nutritional Response Testing (NRT) muscle testing process to tailor a specific supplement program for you.
Nutritional Follow-up Appointment
On your first follow-up appointment, your customized report is discussed with specific diet, supplement and lifestyle suggestions to help you reach your improved health goals.
Subsequent nutritional consult appointment includes a review of symptoms, a check on your diet and lifestyle changes and Nutritional Response Testing to verify any supplementation or herbal support that needs to be changed or added.
Is your sleep better? Your digestion? Lost or gained weight? We'll see how you’re doing and adjust as needed!