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Meet Our Acupuncturist : Claire Adams

Claire Adams, Acupunture

Claire Adams, Acupunture

Claire Adams is a licensed Acupuncturist and her Mission is to promote wellness and prevent illness by balancing mind and body through the Modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is qualified to treat many types of ailments and welcomes all patients. She will diagnose each patient as an individual and treat accordingly. She is interested in treating all types of symptoms; chronic and acute. Some of her treatments include those for: Anxiety, PTSD, infertility, Post-stroke symptoms, Digestive disorders, Neuropathy, Neck pain, Lower back pain and Sciatica.Her Academic background is based in the Sciences and she has a PhD in Microbiology, a Masters in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelors in Nutrition. Claire offers the modalities: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Gua Sha, Cupping, Moxabustion, Nutritional Therapy and Tui Na.

Claire accepts United Healthcare and Cigna Insurance.

Modalities of Chinese Medicine:


Acupuncture is a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine, having developed over the last 2500+ years. It places much emphasis on qi, which is what produces distending sensations along the meridian channels of the body when acupuncture points are needled.
Qi may be described as movement of the body’s energy otherwise known as ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) which is produced by the Krebs cycle in the body cells mitochondria, after the intake and digestion of food.
Acupuncture stimulates the brain and hormonal system to produce pain relieving chemicals and anti-inflammatory molecules. It brings white blood cells (WBC) to thesite of pain and increases the healing response.

Chinese Herbs:

Herbalism is considered a separate field from acupuncture although they are used together. A combination of herbs are used to make up formulae to treat various disease patterns. Different parts of plants, including leaves, roots, stems, flowers and seeds may be used as herbal medicine. Herbs are considered to enter specific meridian channels, having an effect on one or more specific body organs, explaining the therapeutic effect of an herb on conditions associated with those organs. The modern pharmacological action of many of the herbs are now well known and their compatibility with Western Medicine is becoming more and more bio-medically explained.

Gua Sha:

Involves stimulation of the surface of the skin with a round-edged instrument. Scraping of the skin results in the appearance of reddish/purple petechiae (“sha” of guasha), breakage of the sub-dermal blood vessels which lasts 3-5 days after treatment. Appearance of the “sha” is a desirable confirmation of the efficacy of the treatment. Gua Sha increases blood flow to the area by 400% and brings stagnant toxins out of the muscles into the capillary system. Immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever/chills, cough, nausea and multi-systemic disorders is commonly experienced.


Through heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the skin for 5-15 minutes. It acts in a similar manner to Gua Sha and works well in combination. Cupping treats pain, deep scar tissue in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots and swelling.