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Holistic Pain Care

At Evolve Acupuncture we use a variety of diagnostic and treatment methods to address an individual’s pain.  We integrate a traditional history inquiry, pulse diagnosis and tongue observation with abdominal (Hara) palpation and distal channel palpation of the arms and legs. For example, there are different abdominal reflexes that can illuminate different inflammatory or stress responses in the body that are then further confirmed through the palpation of certain acupuncture points through the use of acupressure techniques. This enables us to determine if the reflex will improve before needles are inserted. These evaluative techniques are further elaborated upon through the palpation of various changes in the fascial or connective tissues of the channels (i.e typically areas of tenderness, weakness or tension found on the surface of the skin).  This approach ensures that we are correlating your story or current complaint, signs and symptoms with the various changes that can occur throughout the body.

The three key treatment modalities that are commonly utilized when indicated (aside from a traditional body needle treatment) include: Auricular or ear Acupuncture, Abdominal acupuncture, and Ontake Moxibustion.


Ear (Auricular) Acupuncture:  Is a therapeutic intervention that uses very small needles or ear seeds to stimulate points on the external cartilage structure of the ear.  This process, in turn, can alleviate different health conditions throughout the body.  Historically it is based upon the Chinese practice of acupuncture but the somatic correspondence of specific parts of the body to specific parts of the ear was first developed in modern France.


Abdominal Acupuncture:  This is the use of the abdominal area as a map of the body in conjunction with traditional acupuncture points found on the abdomen.  It is a very gentle approach that correlates an individual’s complaints with various areas of tightness, weakness, and/or tenderness throughout the abdominal area.


Ontake Moxibustion:  Historically, moxa is the warm application of dried mugwort to particular points on the body.  Ontake uses small bamboo tubes filled with the dried mugwort and then applies this warming treatment using different hands on manual techniques along the different channels and/or muscles of the body.  It is a gentle, restorative treatment that helps balance patterns of stress and dis-ease throughout the body.

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