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Treatments & Services

What to Expect

At Dory Ellen Fish Acupuncture, we offer many modalities of treatment in addition to acupuncture. During the time of your initial intake, such methods will be discussed and explained in further detail and WILL ONLY be performed with your consent. If any of the treatments listed below are of interest to you, or if you have any questions, please let us know. There is no additional cost for any of these services.


A form of traditional Chinese medicine, believed to be approximately 3,000 years old, involving the insertion and manipulation of sterilized, disposable needles into various points on the body to relieve pain, stimulate blood movement and/or restore balance. These needles can be placed in hundreds of locations on the body and can be left there anywhere from 1 second to 45 minutes, depending on the intention of the practitioner.

Amethyst Bio Mat

A state-of-the-art, professional amethyst Bio-Mat is used for ALL treatments. The mat uses far-infrared rays to relieve pain and joint stiffness, increase blood circulation, rejuvenate skin, improve cellular functioning, boost immune system and promote relaxation. It also amplifies the power of your treatment and accelerates detoxification. Ten temperature settings allow the patient's constitution to be perfectly matched with the amount of heat from the mat. Simply put; this mat must be experienced to fully appreciate its many benefits.

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Cancer Care

Chinese medicine is an effective therapy for many of the conditions that are reported by patients with cancer. It is a unique modality in that it relieves physical symptoms while helping patients discover their inner resources of strength, courage and peace. The combination of modern science with the traditional complementary modalities is often the most effective treatment plan.

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Thereputic Oils

A type of Chinese massage in which one or several suction cups are placed on the body. When combined with massage oil, the cups can be gently moved around, creating a reverse-pressure massage to alleviate pain, stress and other symptoms. The increased blood flow to the area of cupping also speeds healing time. Cupping can affect the body up to 4 inches into the tissues, allowing for a toxin release unlike any other. It is excellent for prompting the lungs to clear congestion and can also stimulate digestion.

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Gua Sha

A technique that involves pressured, but generally painless, strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge to scrape away disease by allowing toxins to escape through the skin. Gua Sha can be used in areas of the body not easily treated by cupping and helps to release heat from any areas of stagnation. This technique is typically used for relieving musculoskeletal pain, as well as clearing viruses.

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Also referred to as moxa; it is an ancient method of heating the skin by the placement of mugwort near or on an acupuncture point. Mugwort is a plant that is used to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi and maintain general health. The sensation that moxa produces is a pleasant heat that penetrates deep into the skin and has long been considered effective by many practitioners. Moxa is typically used for relieving pain and improving stamina, digestion and boosting the immune system. Moxa is great for dental pain and scars and can even help turn breach babies.

Electrical Stimulation Therapy

Electro-Acupuncture treats patients' acute and chronic pain conditions with electrodes attached to acupuncture needles that are inserted and then stimulated with weak - but effective - alternating electrical currents. This form of treatment enhances acupuncture's effectiveness by providing a higher and more continuous level of stimulation of the needles while creating an analgesic effect.

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*Contraindications include the presence of a pacemaker, cardiac arrhythmia, epilepsy and shock, fever, weakness and hypotension.


The technique of touching or applying pressure to acupuncture points can achieve very effective results. In our office, acu-points are occasionally activated by touch, rather than by needles for a variety of reasons, such as risk of lymphedema and sensitivity to needles. It is sometimes recommended that patients use acupressure at home and can be taught this technique very quickly during or after your session. Adding moxa to your acupressure might also maximize its effectiveness.

Herbal Formulas

An herbal formula may be prescribed in conjunction with acupuncture as treatment for a particular condition. An important principle in Traditional Chinese medicine is that treatment is primarily based on the patient's Chinese pattern discrimination, no matter what their disease diagnosis. We use herbal formulas manufactured and distributed by Blue Poppy, a leader in the field of providing quality products and education to Chinese Medicine practitioners.

Dietary Recommendations

According to ancient Chinese medical theory, every food has the potential to have an impact on your body and its ability to function properly. This impact may be positive or negative. As part of your treatment, your practitioner may make an additional effort to boost your recovery and/or overall health. Being mindful of your nutrition is an excellent way to enhance the benefits of your acupuncture treatments and overall wellness.


There are a variety of topical products that are used to relieve pain and inflammation while promoting relaxation. These range from aromatherapy oils to herbal plasters. It is typical, especially when treatments include gua sha or cupping, that massage oil or a muscle rub be used in order to keep the skin comfortable during and after the session.

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