Therapies 2018-05-21T18:03:20+00:00

The primary therapies utilized in Chinese Medicine are acupuncture and herbalism. However, Ryan may utilize other therapies such as cupping, tui na, gua sha, and moxibustion, which can significantly improve upon your treatment outcomes. Along with acupuncture, Ryan will often provide nutritional advice and lifestyles alterations. The goal is to help you feel better faster.

Please read below about the different types of therapy utilized in the clinic.


Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-fine needles into specific points on the body to affect an intended change in the body.  It is widely known to treat pain and musculoskeletal disorders effectively, but it can also treat a wide range of other conditions.  For a larger list of health problems that acupuncture can treat, click on the ‘Conditions Treated’ page at the top.


Chinese Herbal medicine dates back to ancient times. There are many formulas dating back to the 3rd century AD which practitioners still use today to treat everything from digestive disorders, colds and flu to gynecological disorders. These formulas have been tested and refined through the millennia.  When Chinese Herbal medicine is mixed by a trained herbalist who utilizes properly sourced herbs it is safe and clinically effective.


Cupping involves the placement of a plastic or glass globe on the skin.  A vacuum is created using heat or a mechanical device.  This effectively pulls up the skin and affects the connective tissue and musculature.  Cupping is often used with acupuncture in treating orthopedic conditions and in some cases colds and flus.

Tui Na

Tui na which translates literally as “push-pull” is a form of East Asian massage that is utilized for musculo- skeletal problems. It can also be used for internal conditions.  It is common for Ryan to employ Tui Na abdominal techniques with acupuncture and herbs for digestive problems.

Gua Sha

This technique involves the use of a rounded and smooth tool to rub the skin.  This process helps to move circulation and bring blood to stagnate areas of the body.  As a result, it can be an important therapy for musculoskeletal conditions and in some cases it can assist the body of ridding itself of a pathogen.


Moxibustion is a therapy used to warm the acupuncture channels, increase circulation, supplement the immune system and break up stagnation in the body. By burning the herb Mugwort (Artimesia Vulgaris) infrared heat is released as well as smoke containing essential oils to facilitate healing.

Eastern Nutrition

Food is a fundamental building block for all health.  Your practitioner will provide practical nutrition advice based on your diagnosis.  Eastern nutrition pays close attention to the properties of types of foods, including but not limited to how food is  prepared and how each type of food affects the body.