Acupuncture or needle therapy, involves the insertion of very thin, solid, hair like needles at specific points of the body.  In Chinese terms, these specific points are referred to as neuro nodes and have a distinct affect on the central and peripheral nervous system. In fact, recently in the United States, most people who seek this ancient medicine, use it primarily for acute and chronic pain. 

The stimulation of these points, triggers the release of our body's own natural pain relieving properties such as endorphins and enkephalins. If you are dealing with pain that just isn't getting better, than Acupuncture may help. This is a time-tested, studied, natural approach to pain relief, without the side effects of medication or other invasive procedures. It is important to note that this treatment therapy should only be performed by highly trained, certified and licensed Acupuncturist. Click on A TRUE PRACTIONER, to learn more about the differences in providers of Acupuncture. For more information about Acupuncture, click on ACUP Q&A.


Chinese Herbal Medicine


One thing is for certain, we as a nation are overly prescribed with pharmaceutical drugs. Yes, I do believe that there is a time and place for these medications, however, it often means having to take them for the rest of your life, negative side effects and often being prescribed other medications to deal with new side effects. This is a cycle we want to avoid. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is a medical science that uses its own theory, diagnostic techniques, and treatment strategies such as acupuncture and herbal medicine to address many common ailments that affect so many of us day to day. The foundation of TCM is Chinese herbal medicine, which has a 2,000 year history of continual evolution and success. Herbs are very powerful (pharmaceuticals are often derived from natural herbs), and when combined into herbal formulas can be used to treat a variety of medical ailments. Herbal Medicine and nutrition are used and in the right circumstances, can be combined with Acupuncture to maximize the healing potential of your body.


*Call 843.277.7755 to schedule your herbal/nutritional consult today!

Cupping and Gua Sha Therapy

Cupping is a technique which involves creating a vacuum suction in glass or plastic cups which are then applied to specific areas of the body. This encourages improved mircro-circulation, forcing blood and lymph flow to areas where circulation is either blocked or deficient. Cupping can be helpful for: Tight shoulders, neck and back pain, frozen shoulder, IT band tightness, carpal tunnel, detoxification, relaxation, fatigue and getting over flu and cold symptoms rapidly. Click on CUPPING/Gua-Sha, for more information.



Gua Sha therapy is a healing technique in which firm strokes are applied with a smooth edged instrument to the surface of the skin. Conditions treated with this technique are similar to cupping, such as: pain and discomfort due to musculoskeletal conditions. Cupping and Gua Sha are prescribed along side with acupuncture to help speed up the physiological healing process but can also be used seperately in specific cases. Contact Us for more information on cupping and gua sha.



Tuina and Circulatory Massage

Tui Na (Traditional Chinese Medicine massage) and circulatory massage uses techniques to press, manipulate, stretch and improve circulation to needed muscles, tissues, bones and joints. Massage can be very relaxing but is best utilized at the Active Life center when done in combination with acupuncture to address sports or work related injury. By improving circulation and range of motion this specialty massage can increase the body's own healing potential. It is important to understand that our bodies were designed to self heal. The many tools that Traditional Chinese Medicine has to offer simply helps the body in achieving optimal function

Conditions relieved by tui-na and circulatory massage are neck tension, headaches, back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, and TMJ, to name a few. Call us today to book your free initial consult. Our initial consult is provided to allow you to get to know us, ask questions and allow us to learn more about you and your ailment to determine if we can help.

Speaking Arrangements

Interested in learning more about Eastern Medicine and how it can help improve your quality of life? Do you want to finally take health care into your own hands? As the old saying goes, "knowledge is power", and Alex is always happy to share his experiences with you. Email or call to schedule your next group presentation. 


Recent speaking arrangements in include:

  • Celebrate You event, Sinsinawa Mound Center
  • Finley Hospital, Babka Wellness Center
  • YMCA
  • CASI-Center for Active Seniors
  • Gildas Cancer Support Club
  • KOSAMA Body Transformation
  • The McGraw Hill Company

For more information about booking Alex Torres with your next event, call: 843.277.7755