Acupuncture and Chinese medicine not only aid in relieving your body aches and pains but they are very effective in treating a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions and are often used in conjunction
with Western Medical treatments.
Pain & Discomfort
Repetitive strain injuries
Muscle pain and Myofascial pain syndrome
Neuralgia, Neuropathy and poor circulation
Back, neck and shoulder pain
Hip, leg, knee, ankle and foot pain
Arm, wrist and hand pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Jaw pain (TMJ)
Arthritis and joint problems
Headaches and migraines
Postoperative pain and recovery
Support for Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, marijuana and other drugs and habits
General Digestive Issues and Unrest
Heartburn, Acid Reflux
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Chronic loose stools or constipation
Acute and chronic gastritis
Nausea and vomiting
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
Stress and Burn-Out
Insomnia and Restlessness
Women's Health & Reproductive Issues
Erratic and painful periods
PMS and PMDD
PCOS and Fibroids
Infertility and Fertility Support
Increased efficacy of IVF, IUI and other Fertility treatment cycles
There are many integral components and pathways to the immune system. Our goal is to support and maintain a strong body to ensure a healthy immune system that is neither underactive, causing frequent sickness, or overactive, leading to autoimmune problems.
A proper regimen of acupuncture and botanical medicine for immune system health is a great way to achieve this goal and get you back on the road to vitality. An autoimmune disorder, whether it is tick-borne or not, is an instance where the body’s immune system cannot determine the exact enemy so it becomes confused and eventually begins to attack the patient's own body. This can manifest in a myriad of symptoms.
A few of the most commonly seen issues are: fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, brain fog, lack of appetite, heavy limbs, depression and anxiety, loose stools or constipation, headaches, and loss of memory. Many studies on epigenetics show that certain genes can be expressed or unexpressed depending on our nutritional intake. Food is medicine and aids in healing! This concept is crucial to understanding and dealing with autoimmune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and MS. We effectively treat immune system disorders with acupuncture and botanical medicine tailored to each patient's needs.
At Firefly we are passionate about Women’s Health. Traditional Chinese physicians have developed a deep understanding of the particular conditions that tend to afflict women over centuries of study and experience. We’re here to gently remind a woman's body how it works and to find it's own natural rhythm to get the support she needs through all the cycles of her life. From the preteen years to peri- and post- menopause women transition through many phases and, unfortunately, women don't always start out on the right foot allowing problems to cascade and compound over time. The plethora of natural processes women’s bodies undergo can leave women in constant pain or discomfort or severely depleted because of our naturally busy and non-stop lifestyles. Some of the health issues that arise are frequently debilitating, taking over a woman’s life both emotionally and physically.
The symptoms women experience are caused by an imbalance of hormones, inflammation, taxation and sluggish circulation through the reproductive organs. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been proven to effectively treat the many symptoms that can accompany the cycle- in all of its stages. We are able to accurately diagnose and treat the underlying causes right along with providing more immediate relief for the most wearing symptoms. Your monthly cycle should never be treated as a “curse”, while it is common for many women to feel pain and discomfort surrounding and during their cycles it should not take you down for days each and every month. With the proper regulation and support your body will find its way back to it's innate healthy transitions, thereby reducing stress levels and helping you feel more comfortable, before, during, and after.
At Firefly there are a range of treatments available to counter the symptoms that cause a host of women’s issues.
We customize our treatments to regulate and relieve a variety of health challenges unique to women:
moderate to severe cramping and dysmennorhea, PMS symptoms, mood swings, irregular cycles, heavy and light flow issues, PCOS issues, fibroids, rapid weight gain or loss, dryness, night sweats and hot flashes, restless sleep and insomnia, digestive issues, pregnancy complications and support, infertility and more.
Back pain • Neck Pain • Sciatica • Arthritis & Joint Pain • Headaches & Migraines • Post Stroke & Paralysis • TMJ • Frozen Shoulder and Range of Motion Issues• Neuralgia • Neuropathies • Poor Circulation • Connective Tissue Problems • Scar Tissue Reduction • Knee, Leg & Ankle Pain • Pre and Post Op Support
Acupuncture for pain management has been used for centuries because we see your body as a whole, acupuncture not only reduces pain immediately but it can help you avoid future pain in the same areas. If the problem has gone unattended it can take longer and be more difficult to treat or may cause permanent damage. Those who choose not to take the time soon after the first symptom arises will often spend more time and more money later. Don’t ignore your body! It’s the only one you get.
Pain should never be ignored, it is how your body asks you to pay attention to its internal mechanism telling you that something is not right and needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, most people ignore their pain and suffer through it until it becomes a major problem.
The demands of our hectic modern lives often cause many people to neglect their emotional health. Can we say "Hello Northern Virginia!"?
By choosing to put aside these unseen issues in favor of more immediate concerns, many complaints such as depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia begin to take their toll on the body. These issues, if not tended to, can have devastating effects, preventing sufferers from engaging
in the simplest of tasks.
Fertility support is a specialty at Firefly Acupuncture and Wellness. Chinese Medicine and holistic support is an indispensable part of remaining healthy and happy before, during and after pregnancy.
We use botanical medicine, nutritional support, and acupuncture to reduce inflammation and stress, increase blood supply and oxygenation to the body, and adjust hormones to optimize your ability to conceive, whether naturally or using the latest reproductive technologies. Here at Firefly we make sure you have coordinated care while working with your ob/gyn or reproductive endocrinologist and will use your western diagnosis, when there is one, to inform and enhance our treatment plan.
We have a passion for enhancing fertility with our holistic medicine for both women and men. We work with individuals and couples to enhance fertility and create a healthy happy pregnancy together.
At our clinic we not only work to promote conception and a healthy full term pregnancy with all of it's stages but also to support the whole person within the process, as we know it can be a stressful time. We can provide relief for many symptoms from morning sickness to anemia, sciatica and body pain to gestational diabetes, restlessness, emotional support and insomnia. Our Eastern medical approaches work to optimize and regulate your body systems and provide support through your journey.
We use treatment protocols that are thousands of years old while integrating them with today's modern research to create your individualized treatment plan. Fertility issues can be due to a number of reasons.
Below are just a few conditions we commonly work with to better health and increase the chances of conception.
If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms above you may have a pathogen that has invaded and wreaking havoc inside your body and wearing at your body's essential systems. Chronic inflammatory issues overwhelm your immune system during the protracted fight and eventually confuse and exhaust your body's innate defensive systems over the long term. We can help by boosting and supporting your immune system regulatory responses, using acupuncture and botanical medicine to attack, and finally help you rid yourself of this invader and get you back to feeling like yourself.
Chronic auto-immune diseases such as Lyme Disease are on the rise and are particularly difficult to treat for both Eastern and Western Medical Practitioners. Traditional Chinese Medical practitioners didn’t have the sophisticated scientific equipment that we have today, nor could they determine different strains of parasites within the body. However, they did have names with detailed diagnostic categories for the diseases that encompassed the symptoms above, they also had rigorous and effective herbal treatment protocols. At Firefly we have taken their traditional herbal protocols, research and historical experiences and are now able to build upon and modify them by coupling with the latest Western medical research. Combining tradition with modern biomedical research allows us to create an effective approach to these varied and debilitating modern maladies.
Gastrointestinal issues may be one of the most sensitive and frequent matters people deal with on a daily basis.
That uncomfortable feeling of being bloated and gassy after a meal strikes many folks, and is considered a normal side effect of eating.
In actuality, those two factors are the opposite of normal and healthy – they are indicators that the body is struggling to properly digest food.
Imagine a compost pile in your stomach creating heat and churning away, but it lacks the ability to break itself down due to irritation plus compounding inflammation building over time causing internal flora and enzyme imbalance. These are issues many people face and we are here to help. You can put healthy foods in but if you don't have the proper balance of your gut microbiome you aren't able to absorb and clear waste effectively and this can cause a waterfall of health issues over time.
At Firefly Acupuncture and Wellness our desire is to transform and support as many lives as possible on their journey to health and wellness.
Acupuncture, botanical remedies and proper nutritional support work to change the programming of the body by helping to normalize and rebalance the pathological physiology, helping to manage not only the symptoms but also the underlying issue.
We strive to help people see what their life could be like without pain and discomfort and aim to improve their overall quality of life to get
them back to their hobbies, their job and enjoying life.
At Firefly, we offer a healthy and safe alternative to pharmaceutical intervention (for example, antidepressants and sleep aids). We use a combination of Chinese botanical medicine and acupuncture for mental health support. As far as mental health goes, here are a few common difficulties that can benefit from our holistic medicine: addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, insomnia, worry, overthinking, foggy brain, stress, and trauma, plus many others.
We use many diagnostic tools at our disposal, including pulse diagnosis and detailed observation to evaluate the source of emotional strain. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, emotional health is most commonly attributed to heart and liver health and physiology. When there is a dysfunction in the interplay and dynamic of the internal organs it can have an effect on the emotions and bog them down or up end them without a proper anchor. This is how Chinese medicine varies from the Western medical approach. While helpful for a time, the typical pharmaceutical approach to these problems can lack significant or lasting results, this is because they do not treat the cause and only Band-Aid the symptoms. While everyone needs a Band-Aid from time to time a quick fix is not sufficient and that is why we treat the core root imbalances as well as provide relief from the symptoms for lasting drug-free results.
GI problems can cause a host of symptoms anywhere in the body due to the improper assimilation or imbalances in the microbiome (gut bacteria). It is important to note that many people may have GI issues that do not manifest symptoms in the gut. These symptoms range from fatigue, headaches, depression, obesity, brain fog, acne, eczema and other skin issues, neurological problems, immune system dysfunction and many other symptoms.
There are many methods for reinstating a healthy digestive system. First and foremost we advise our patients on the positive effects of a complete nutritional overhaul, food is medicine and it can either help or hurt you. We will recommend lifestyle and dietary changes, botanical medicine and acupuncture all designed to support your system and get it back to functioning at optimal performance.
Additionally, Diabetes is not is a disease that must be endured for a lifetime with an expected downward trend. In reality, implementing a healthful nutritional regime and the proper herbal medicine treatment can reverse the effects of diabetes. We see this on a regular basis.
Diabetes is becoming more common in the United States. From 1980 to 2014, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has more than quadrupled (from 5.6 million to 21.9 million). This is a sad statistic considering this condition can be easily avoided by a healthy diet and lifestyle. We can see that the health of our country has taken a big hit since the food pyramid and low fat craze began.
We now know that fat does not make you fat, Carbs do!
Sugar, in its many forms, is hugely inflammatory.
The hormone Insulin causes fat storage and carbohydrate intake causes insulin production.
We specialize in the treatment and prevention of type 2 diabetes and other inflammatory digestive issues by introducing a clean and nutrient dense diet and utilizing acupuncture and botanical medicine to reduce inflammation and re-establish the microbiome of the gut. Our nutritional guidance in tandem with herbal medicines and acupuncture works to stabilize blood sugar, reduce systemic inflammation and repair cellular damage that
may have begun to take place.
With Chinese medicine we seek to address the root cause of GI problems and banish them for good. If you experience any digestive discomfort or any other symptoms listed above, let us help turn your gut into one you can trust.
Acupuncture for chronic pain is a powerful and natural treatment. Acupuncture stimulates points on your body that release endorphins and other natural pain relievers. It is mediated through the nervous system and influences gasotransmittters and pain receptor sites. This results in the immediate release of enkephalins, the body’s natural pain-killers
and promotes blood circulation.
This process within the body is what provides the immediate relief!
When the body pain stops vasodilation occurs thus allowing blood to go to the desired area and start healing. Acupuncture improves the integration of the body’s joints, increases the circulation of blood and gases within the body, relaxes muscles and consistently improves the functions and workability of the muscles.
Reducing body aches and pains not only improves your physical health but in turn it also helps promote emotional well-being and can increase the effectiveness of your immune system. Instead of bringing the rest of your health down in order to reduce pain, as conventional medications often do, it works to optimize your health as a whole.
Female health imbalances often include:
Amenorrhea, decreased Ovarian Reserve, elevated FSH, endometriosis, immunological factors, irregular menses, IVF and IUI Support and enhancement, luteal phase defect, ovarian cysts, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), recurrent miscarriage, stress-related hormone imbalances, and unexplained infertility.
We understand that male health and fertility imbalances can include:
Neurological dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, age related changes, psychological issues, genetics.
Studies have shown acupuncture to help in the treatment of male infertility. Acupuncture has been shown to increase sperm count and quality as well as concentration.
Alone or in conjunction with allopathic therapies, acupuncture and botanical medicine are strong and effective medicines without side effects. Using these modalities, we help you become the healthiest you can be.