An ancient form of Chinese healing, acupuncture treatments consist of a series of very fine needles that are strategically placed into specific points in the body. The needles promote circulation and encourage the body’s natural processes to restore more balanced functioning.

Chinese Herbal Therapy

SLO Acupuncture prescribes customized Chinese herbal formulas. Herbal therapy is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to accelerate the patient’s progress and assist in healing. Our practice uses only herbs that meet the high standards of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), a quality assurance program enforced by the United States Federal Drug Administration.


Also known as “moxa,” this gentle heat treatment stimulates acupuncture points in the body using a cigar-shaped tool made from burning mugwort – a medicinal herb used for the treatment of many ailments. The heat from the burning herb is held just slightly above the skin to warm the affected area. Moxibustion helps to strengthen the blood, promote circulation, and improve overall health. This treatment can be used as a complement to acupuncture or alone as a home remedy.


Cupping is a suctioning technique that involves placing glass cups over acupuncture points on large areas of the body, such as the back or abdomen. The heat and vacuum mechanism work together to release tension and stress. Cupping is effective for relaxing the muscles, relieving pain, and increase blood flow. Many men and women also use this treatment to help treat pain and various respiratory conditions.

Nutritional Counseling

Therese will create a personalized nutritional plan using Chinese recommendations, Western recommendations, or both. Food allergies and other dietary restrictions will be taken into account during this process.

Gua Sha

A manual therapy treatment often referred to as “spooning” or “coning,” Gua Sha uses a smooth rounded tool to help release tension in areas of the body that are tight or strained. Gua Sha is helpful for both acute and chronic pain and can be used to treat symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, and asthma. This treatment may produce mild, temporary bruising that generally resolves within a few days.

Sports Acupuncture

Integrating the use of traditional Chinese acupuncture with anatomy, orthopedics, and western sports medicine practices.These treatments include the use of dry needling, motor point, and trigger point therapy.