Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine:

Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation:  Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation involves the administering of very thin, very small acupuncture needles into the superficial layer of facial tissue to stimulate collagen and elastin fibers, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation of the skin.  Anti-aging effects are seen through the reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, lifting and toning of the facial muscles,  and an overall improved, refreshed appearance due to increased blood flow and lymphatic drainage within the facial tissue. Because acupuncture is a holistic medicine,  other acupuncture points on the body are incorporated as well to facilitate and compliment the rejuvenation treatment.  Acupuncture facial rejuvenation is typically done in an initial series of 12 weekly treatments to achieve maximum effectiveness.  Receiving botox or other western anti-aging interventions? No problem and no judgement! The effects of facial acupuncture can assist in extending and enhancing the results of botox and fillers, thus potentially reducing the frequency and/or amount typically felt necessary or desired by a patient. 


APIT (Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy):  Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy involves the use of vitamins and/or homeopathic solutions to enhance the effects of acupuncture points, or to be entirely effective on their own as well. Options include B12, B complex, and various homeopathic formulas designed to treat conditions such as acute and chronic pain, arthritis, inflammation, gynecological conditions, viral and bacterial symptoms/infections, and more! 

Vagal toning therapy: Vagal toning is based on the polyvagal theory developed by researcher Stephen Porges.  This theory focuses on the nervous system and how our sense of safety, danger or threat, can impact our mind and body.  The vagus nerve is one of the longest nerves in the body, communicating information on the gut, liver, heart, and lungs back to the brain (Breit et al., 2018). It is also the main nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the part of your nervous system responsible for helping your body to return to a state of balance (Breit et al., 2018). When one’s vagus nerve is weak, or has been overly taxed, it is harder to regulate emotions and return from a "fight-or-flight" response state, especially during elevated and/or extended periods of internal or external stress or trauma.  This ability to return from a reactive state is referred to as neuroplasticity. Vagal toning exercises help to strengthen the vagus nerve and one's capacity for neuroplasticity in a restorative and non-invasive manner in order to regain a state of calm and balance in the nervous system and switch off the fight or flight response that is so taxing to the mind and body. The overall goal is train the nervous systems to be more aware, regulated and resilient so one can more effectively respond to life’s challenges and maintain a more consistent overall state of well-being.