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During a cupping session, a vacuum is created within a suction device, usually a glass or plastic cup, that helps to release stagnation in the soft tissues of the body. Cupping can help to drain excess fluids or toxins, loosen adhesions in connective tissues, and bring the flow of Qi and blood back into tight, weakened or damaged areas of the body. It also is a great addition to treating digestive disharmonies, colds and flus, and helps to relieve coughing and wheezing. Cupping promotes relaxation, and many patients find it soothing.

Gua Sha

Gua sha is an instrument-assisted technique (usually a smooth soup spoon, smooth stones, or other various smooth-edged tools) which helps to release tight or restricted connective tissues, muscles and scar tissue. Light, moderate or heavier pressure is applied to affected areas, which will render a temporary petechia rash on the skin, otherwise known as "sha". Gua sha has been found to produce anti-inflammatory and immune enhancing effects, which prove beneficial for patients experiencing body aches and pains, cold and flu symptoms, as well as disharmonies involving the liver. For more information about the science of gua sha, please click the following link: Gua Sha.


Moxabustion therapy involves the burning of dried mugwort herb over the surface of the skin. The goal of using moxa is to add warmth and nourishment to the body's channels, especially in areas that have been damaged by cold, dampness or chronic injury. Moxa can be helpful with menstrual irregularities, sore muscles, fatigue, low back pain and much more. It aids in activating acupuncture points and moving Qi and blood through the body's meridians. In my practice I utilize only indirect, non-scarring moxabustion therapy. For more information about moxa and it's uses, please click the following link: Moxabustion Therapy.


Acutonics involves the use of precision-calibrated medical tuning forks, which are vibrated on or over specific acupuncture points and meridians. This is a great alternative for needle-sensitive patients and children. Vibrational medicine works to relax the nervous system, move Qi stagnation and alleviate physical discomfort. The relaxing affect of sound healing can be felt immediately and is a great addition to acupuncture treatments. 

Essential Oils

Essential oils are one of the most powerful sources of plant medicine on the planet. They are the DNA of the plant, and in turn effect the deeper constitutional levels of our bodies. At the same time, they can be highly effective in strengthening the superficial levels of Qi, otherwise known as "Wei Qi", and can help to boost our natural immunity. I utilize top quality essential oils in my practice, which are seasonally sourced from around the world. I am also proud to offer a unique line of oils made by "Alchemica Botanica TCM Essential Oils". Evelyn Robert has been a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese medical practitioner for over 30 years, and is the first and only producer of these high quality essential oils made from Chinese herbs and substances. To learn more about her and this beneficial product line please visit her website at the following link: Alchemica Botanica.

Dietary Therapy

What you put into your body on a daily basis will have compounding effects on your overall physical, mental and emotional well-being. Dietary therapy is a safe and effective way to improve your wellness outside of the treatment room. In Chinese medicine there is a large amount of emphasis placed on the taste, temperature and directionality of herbs and foods. When you are experiencing a period of disharmony, such as a cold, chronic disease, or injury, it is imperative to support your body's healing process with nourishment that aligns itself with your body's needs. Dietary recommendations may be offered alongside your treatment in order to help you meet and maintain your health goals.



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Other Therapies - Vitality Acupuncture in Bozeman, MTGlass Fire Cups.                               Photo: Capture Now Studios.                                                                 


Valerie Schwankl offers Acupuncture and Chinese herbs in Bozeman, MTGua Sha spoons with soft, rounded edges. Photo: Capture Now Studios


Vitality Acupuncture offers safe, effective Acupuncture and Chinese herbs in Bozeman, MTMoxa often comes in the form of loose dried mugwort, compressed cones or pegs, or rolled sticks.


Other Therapies - Vitality Acupuncture in Bozeman, MT 


Valerie Schwankl offers Acupuncture and Chinese herbs in Bozeman, MTAlchemia Botanica is a truly unique company offering the highest quality essential oils made from Chinese herbs. Photo: Capture Now Studios


Vitality Acupuncture offers safe, effective Acupuncture and Chinese herbs in Bozeman, MTHealth starts in the gut, and the strength of our digestion is strongly influence by our food choices. Eating seasonally is a great way to optimize health!



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