acupuncture clinic & oriental medicine



Acupuncture is the primary modality practiced at Positive Health.  Very thin needles (more like filaments – NOT like hypodermic needles) are inserted into certain points for the purpose of transforming the energy in the body.  In Chinese medical theory, energy may be deficient or excess in the organ systems, usually caused by energy blockages in the body.  Acupuncture relieves the blockages, which then affects the physical functioning of the body.  We also often insert needles in the trigger points in the muscles (see the section on myofascial trigger point therapy below) to release the trigger points and allow the muscles to relax.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM)

Microcurrent involves the use of current in the microampere range to effect changes in the body.   In contrast, TENS units use current in the milliamp range to anesthetize pain in the treatment area, which is approximately 1,000 times the amount of current used in microcurrent therapy.   FSM uses specific frequencies on two channels to affect specific conditions in specific tissues in the body.  One channel targets the tissue and the other channel targets the condition.  Just a few of the condition frequencies are inflammation, fibrosis, scarring, “torn or broken”, polyps, eczema, hemorrhage, congestion, and numerous toxins, infectious agents and parasites.  There are tissue frequencies for most of the tissues and organs in the body.  We have protocols, using multiple frequencies in sequence on multiple tissues, for many common conditions.


We use both modern and traditional Chinese herb formulas, as well as occasional western herbs, to treat a variety of conditions.  Herbs work by working with the body, by supporting normal body functions.  They do not override or artificially stimulate or depress the body’s functions.  Because of the way they work, results will not be instantaneous as they are with pharmaceuticals.  But they also have an advantage in that there are significantly fewer side effects than pharmaceutical medications.


Cupping involves the use of small glass jars to create suction on the body part being treated.  For example, cupping is often performed on the upper back to relieve muscle stiffness and soreness, asthma or bronchitis.  The suction helps remove stagnation of energy and remove toxins in the area.  Many people feel noticeable relief from the symptoms mentioned above, as well as help with emotional issues.  One important consideration with cupping is that it usually results in bruising in the area treated.

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are knots that develop in the muscles as a consequence of trauma, poor posture habits, nutritional deficiencies or chronic stress, among other factors.  Trigger points can cause the affected muscle to remain in a semi-contracted state; it will not able to relax back to its normal resting length.  The result is reduced range of motion and pain.  Most of the time, trigger points refer pain to other parts of the body, which makes their treatment somewhat complicated.  Muscles may also contract in order to splint a joint that is not in a neutral position.  Myofascial therapy usually involves pressure on the trigger points to release them, stretching to encourage the muscle to relax back to its normal resting length, and muscle energy techniques that use the patient’s own muscles to encourage joints to move back to a neutral position.  (These techniques with the joint do not include chiropractic thrust.)


Reiki is a form of energy healing by laying on of hands.  It is thought that universal life force energy is channeled through the practitioner’s hands to the patient.  Reiki can support any other treatment modality used at Positive Health.


Carol McGlauchlin, D.O.M.