Matthew Sieradski has employed acupuncture for over ten years to successfully treat hundreds of patients for dozens of conditions, including but not limited to: musculoskeletal pain conditions (joint, tendon, and muscle pain), headaches and migraines, insomnia, gynecological imbalances, menopausal symptoms, anxiety, depression, digestive complaints (IBS, constipation, nausea, heartburn etc.), neurological issues (nerve pain, numbness, tingling, and/or tremors), respiratory infections and lowered immune system, hypertension, prostate issues, and allergies.

Patient receiving acupuncture between her eyebrows at yin tang point.

Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture entails the insertion of needles that are sterile, single-use, very fine, and solid (unlike a syringe) into specific locations (acupoints) along the body to a depth that averages around 1/8 to 1/4 inch, but varies from very superficial (less than 1 mm) to deeper (1 or more inches). Acupuncture sometimes entails a momentary pricking sensation, which ceases once the skin has been breached. After insertion, a dull, achy sensation is often elicited through manipulation of the needle – this indicates the activation of your qi, the innate healing vitality present in all life.

Several related modalities may also be employed to assist in your healing process:

Moxibustion is the burning of mugwort (Artemesia Vulgaris) or “moxa” in various forms of preparation either directly in small quantities or indirectly over acupoints. The warmth generated by moxa is sympathetic to the human body’s energy system and is very comfortable and therapeutic. Other heat therapies include infrared heat lamps.

Cupping is the placing of glass suction cups on the skin, and is used to draw out toxins from the deeper tissues into the bloodstream where they can be properly eliminated. It effectively and efficiently increases qi and blood circulation locally and sometimes results in slight reddening or bruising of the skin.

Chinese Massage, or tuina, is similar to Western therapeutic massage but emphasizes balancing the circulation of qi and utilizes unique techniques and tools. It is employed for specific conditions of musculoskeletal imbalance as a complement to acupuncture.

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