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1. What conditions do acupuncture, cupping, and herbal medicine treat?

Chinese Medicine is a 2,000 year old time-tested methodology of treatment to help with countless disorders.  


In the clinic, I have seen massive improvements in areas of chronic and acute pain, gynecological problems, anxiety, insomnia, post-stroke recovery, post-surgery recovery, menopause symptoms, fertility issues, pregnancy support, postpartum care,  skin issues, digestional upset, and the maintenance of auto-immune conditions and other complex diseases. 


Acupuncture and herbal medicine also excel as a preventative and supportive medicine, in aging, emotional well-being, stress relief, sleep regulation, energy enhancement, digestional support, and menstrual cycle regulation.  


It works under a paradigm that views symptoms as branches of larger patterns.  It aims to treat the current discomfort, as well as the underlying condition. 

2. How does acupuncture work?

There is a growing body of scientific studies demonstrating the efficacy of acupuncture treatments through the lens of Western physiology.  Some point to the role of the nervous system, while others show the brain’s production of endorphins (the body’s natural pain-killers) following the placement of acupuncture needles, while others credit the fascial lines for mirroring and explaining the ancient meridian system (The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine by Daniel Keown is a wonderful book to learn about this). 


I believe, however, that acupuncture is best described through the language of its own paradigm.  Our bodies are made of a complex meridian system, which is a detailed roadmap to how energy and substances flow through our body.  Qi, which is the substance or “life force” from which everything in the universe is made, flows through these channels, but its flow can sometimes be blocked, causing us to feel pain, lack of energy, emotional disturbances, and the slew of discomforts a human body can experience.  Acupuncture can help to unblock these blockages of qi (in both its physiological and energetic manifestations) by freeing the flow through the meridian network system. 

3. Does acupuncture hurt?

A treatment approach involving needles may seem daunting, but the needles used in acupuncture treatments are so unlike those used to draw blood -- the acupuncture needles are tiny filiform needles as thin as a hair! 


The needles tap into physiological and energetic networks in the body called meridians, so although they are not painful, it is not uncommon to feel sensations at the needling site which can sometimes radiate to other areas of the body where the pathways connect.

4. What is fire cupping?

Cupping is a healing modality used in traditional medicines of Egypt, Asia, and the Middle East for conditions ranging from acute or chronic pain, migraines, depression and anxiety, stress, and decreased immune function.  Fire is used to create suction inside the cup, which is placed on specific areas of the body.  By lifting the soft tissues, fresh oxygenated blood can rush to the area, increasing overall blood circulation and reducing inflammation. Sometimes, marks are left by the cups which appear similar to a bruise.  This is a natural part of the process, and the marks will often clear within 3 - 14 days.

5. How many treatments will it take?

The number and frequency of treatments depends on your individual needs.  Your treatment plan is tailored to you, and it will be discussed at your initial consultation.

6. What can I expect in a Chinese Medicine session with Jules of Earth?

At Jules of Earth, you can expect professionalism, honesty, and comprehensive care.  


When you enter, you’ll fill out a general health survey and we’ll talk briefly about what you intend to achieve from the treatment sessions.  


The diagnostic tools that I use include questioning, tongue and pulse analysis, observation, and palpation.  The first treatment will involve an extensive questioning about the details of your sleep, diet, digestion, energy, exercise, moods, pains, cycles, stress, etc.   Then, I’ll take a look at your tongue and listen to your pulse.  


From there, we’ll move into the treatment, which will be specific to what you need each time you come in.  These may include:

  • Acupuncture

  • Herbal Medicine 

  • Moxibustion

  • Tui Na

  • Infra-red heat lamp

  • Cupping

  • Gua Sha

  • Herbal Salves and Oils

  • Application of Stones/ Minerals

  • Diet and lifestyle recommendations

6. What could this medicine bring to you?

  • Tap into a powerful, effective, ancient medical system to heal the body, mind, and spirit

  • Reclaim a foothold and ownership of  your own health

  • Maintain balance through the cycles of your life, whether they be cycles of stress from work, menstrual cycles, birth and death, and any big or small transitions in your life

  • Learn the language of your body-mind by stepping into the self-healing energies of your own body, aligned with the support system of Earth remedies

  • Join a revolution of humans to re-establish our roots back to Mother Nature

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