Acupuncture Will Make Your Day!
Acupuncture is the fundamental tool we use at Cherry Blossom Healing Arts, and those tiny needles deliver BIG results. While you’re relaxing on one of our comfortable tables, the needles are increasing circulation to traumatized areas of your body, helping to release endorphins, and promoting autonomic balance. The result is a break in your busy day, your specific complaint feeling better, and an overall improved sense of physical and mental wellbeing!
Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy
After inserting needles, your acupuncturist may put some Artemisia Vulgaris—also known as mugwort—on certain acupuncture points and burn it. This technique is called moxibustion, and it produces a pleasant and subtle odor as well as gently warming the area.
Moxibustion has a special place in women’s health. It helps to warm the uterus, a practice related to fertility and is especially adept at helping to turn breech babies to the correct position for vaginal birth.
E-stim is effective for pain and many issues in women’s health.
Acupuncture and E-Stim Therapy
Electroacupuncture or ‘e-stim’ is very similar to acupuncture. Small clips are placed on needles to stimulate a specific point more than the needle alone would. E-stim is helpful for various types of pain as well as women’s health issues like PCOS, uterine cramps, and labor induction.
Acupuncture and Cupping Therapy
Cupping is an adjunctive therapy that increases blood flow and reduces muscle tension. It’s become famous in recent years, with well-known athletes publicly using it in their recovery regime. If you’ve never seen cupping before, Elyse has demonstrated how it works on local TV. Cupping is a lot like a reverse massage, where instead of someone pushing down or kneading your muscles—your muscles are getting gently pulled up by suction in the cup. This increases the blood flow to the area and reduces muscle tension. Combined with an acupuncture treatment, cupping can be very effective in musculoskeletal pain relief! Learn more about our Cupping Treatments.
Acupuncture and cupping go together like stress relief and relaxation.
Gua Sha & Acupuncture Treatments
Gua sha is cupping’s lesser-known cousin. It functions in much the same way as cupping—by releasing adhesions in the muscles, it reduces tension and promotes circulation. Unlike cupping, a stone tool is pushed across the skin. When utilized with acupuncture, it can be effective for muscle pain and tension relief. Learn more about our Gua Sha Treatments.
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine in DC
All our acupuncturists are also board-certified specialists in Chinese herbal medicine, some of the only people so-qualified in the District of Columbia.
Your acupuncturist may prescribe Chinese herbal medicine for you. The formulas are custom made in our in-house herb pharmacy. These custom formulas work with the acupuncture you receive to continue your treatment from home and help resolve your main complaint. Learn more about how we treat with Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Nourishing nutrition and acupuncture work synergistically to help you heal faster.
Nutrition & Acupuncture Treatments
When optimally nourished, your body can make the best use of acupuncture treatments. The synergy good nutrition and acupuncture have means you can heal faster and more completely. Learn more about how we incorporate Nutrition and Wellness into our treatment plans.
What We Treat
Acupuncture’s effectiveness reaches from your mental wellbeing to your foot pain, and everything in-between. Our treatments fall into the following five main categories.
Chronic and Acute Pain
Fertility and Perinatal Care
Acupuncture works with the natural processes of the body to target pain receptors and stimulate long-term healing. We can help:
- Acute (recent) or chronic (ongoing) pain
- Recovery from outpatient or inpatient procedures or surgery
- Sports injury or pain from overuse
Anxiety & Depression
Acupuncture is an excellent complementary therapy to traditional mental health care. Our acupuncturists utilize a multi-pronged approach to treating anxiety and depression, and will support your progress through the stressors of daily life. We can:
- Treat physiological symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Mitigate the body’s fight-or-flight response to stress
- Alleviate symptoms of IBS and other ailments exacerbated by stress
DC is stressful! The pandemic is stressful! Work is stressful! Our acupuncturists can help. Acupuncture treatments can:
- Lower cortisol
- Release endorphins
- Help you quiet your mind
- Decrease activity in the limbic system, reducing pain and stress
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Ease reliance on prescription medication for insomnia
- Fulfill more restorative sleep sessions
We take a caring approach to family planning and fertility. Acupuncture can help increase pregnancy in those who are trying to conceive whether or not they’re using Assisted Reproductive Technology. We can help:
- Increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus
- Increase chances of implantation
- Increase the incidence of viable follicles during STIM
We care for women through all stages of pregnancy and postpartum, from the first trimester to the first year of motherhood. We specialize in treating:
- Morning sickness
- Pain associated with pregnancy
- Labor induction
- Breech presentation
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. We can help you:
- Mitigate inflammation
- Reduce allergy symptoms
- Prevent seasonal allergy flare-ups
Your Acupuncture Treatment Plan
Your journey to better health begins before you step through our doors. You'll be able to easily schedule an appointment online as well as fill out your health history form before you arrive at our office—maximizing conversational and treatment time with your acupuncturist.
At your first appointment, your acupuncturist will discuss your health history, get input from you on what your treatment goals are, and develop a treatment plan. They'll then treat you using whatever services are best suited to your specific symptoms.
Although plans vary depending on the patient, most typically run for four weeks. At the end of your first visit, your acupuncturist will give you a written treatment plan. At subsequent visits, you'll discuss your symptoms and whether they've improved, regressed, or stayed the same. Your acupuncturist will adjust the treatment plan based on your input and their ongoing diagnosis of your condition.
When your main complaint is resolved, you can reduce treatment or work on another symptom. Still thinking it over? Take a look at our Testimonials page to see what other patients are saying.
Tiny Needles—BIG Results
Those tiny needles, in the hands of our expert acupuncturists, hold the potential to treat your back pain, headaches, insomnia, stress, and help you take care of your pregnancy, among a wide variety of other health issues. They become even more powerful when combined with the other modalities of Chinese medicine—all of which our acupuncturists can bring to bear on your symptoms.
Want to experience this for yourself? Head to our booking page and schedule your first appointment.
We’re in-network with CareFirst/BlueCross, Aetna, Cigna, and the VA Community Choice Network and are happy to check your insurance benefits for you.
The Cherry Blossom Team