Shannon Larson Acupuncture

What is Chinese Medicine

Dr. Shannon Larson is a member of the ACUMAMAS team. She is a registered Doctor of Chinese Medicine providing acupuncture and herbal therapy that is based in the theories of Chinese Medicine and has been practiced for more than 2000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine takes a holistic approach to healing, where one’s emotions and well-being are directly connected to the health of the body. Every organ, cell and tissue works together, and when one area becomes imbalanced it affects a person’s entire well-being.This ancient healing art offers a drug free approach to a more balanced life.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Services:


During treatment, very fine needles are inserted into specific areas of the body to restore the flow of the body’s Qi (one’s innate vitality), bringing the body’s natural rhythm back into balance. Although acupuncture is best known for treating both acute and chronic pain the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for over 40 disorders including:

  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Tense muscle
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Migraine
  • Digestive disorders


  • Fatigue
  • Depressed immune system
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Allergies
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Urinary tract infections
  • High blood pressure


This is a technique used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese Medicine where an acupuncture point is stimulated by using the healing properties of a heated herb called mugwort. This is done to warm the body, strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health. Moxibustion may be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture to treat:

  • Breech or Mal-position of fetus
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irregular periods
  • Infertility
  • Back pain
  • Muscle stiffness

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive disorders


In electro-acupuncture the acupuncture needles  are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. This produces a high electric frequency that causes the relaxation of a muscular area as well as the release natural endorphins in the body. Electo-acupuncture is used to compliment and increase the efficacy of an acupuncture treatment.


With the use of either suction or heat from a flame, pressure is reduced in a specialized cup and then placed over the skin. The cup is then left in place on the skin for a few minutes allowing blood to be moved from deeper tissues and brought to the surface. Based in the theories of Chinese Medicine, cupping is used to open up meridians and bring new blood and Qi to an area allowing localized healing takes place. Cupping is predominantly used for pain but may be used for:

  • Pain
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Onset of common cold
The time has never been better, and the reasons never greater, for giving traditional medicine its proper place in addressing the many ills that face all our modern – and our traditional – societies.

Dr Margaret Chan speaking in reference to Traditional Chinese Medicine
Director-General of the World Health Organization


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