Traditional Chinese Medicine

No treatment is a cure-all for everything. I practice multiple modalities within Classical Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to help create individualized treatment plans that are tailored for each of my patients. By combining treatments and pairing complementary modalities I can address a wide range of symptoms, ailments, and issues.

Classical Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

This is an historic style of acupuncture, pre-dating by centuries the present dominant style of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), a product of the People’s Republic of China. Classical Acupuncture involves complex, comprehensive treatment strategies which are intended to treat the constitutional and core roots of disease and disharmony. A good deal of emphasis is placed upon proper needling techniques with respect to the recipient’s pulse and breathing patterns. Blockages, either energetic or physical (especially those resulting from traumatic injury) are crucial to treat before balance can be achieved. Ministering to the individual’s subtle consciousness and personality, expressed by the word shen (神), is the ultimate aim of the acupuncture physician.

Acupuncture needles


Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body involving various methods such as the application of heat, pressure, or the insertion of thin needles into those points on the body which have been shown to effectively treat many disorders. These points have been located and described by Chinese physicians for over four thousand years; recent biomedical research in the US, Japan, Korea, Canada, and Russia have confirmed the existence and location of these points.

According to Chinese medical theory, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi, or vital energy, through conduits known as channels.

Herbal Teas

Chinese Herbs and Teas

Using a vast array of prepared Chinese formulae and individualized special formulae, Peaceful Spirit Acupuncture has all your herbal needs on hand. Pills, capsules, infusions, tinctures, and teas, ointments, and liniments are some of the time-honored methods used to deliver these medicinals.

Moxi burning with acupuncture

Moxibustion Therapy

Moxibustion consists of burning a herb, jiu, or mugwort, on or near the site of an acupuncture point. Most commonly, it is burned on the handle of an inserted needle. This ancient practice is older than acupuncture, most likely originating in present-day Mongolia and Siberia. 

This technique is so integral to Chinese medicine that the character for the practice of acupuncture in Chinese contains the character radicals for both needle and mugwort.

Infrared light with acupuncture at Peaceful Spirit Acupuncture, Ithaca NY

Infra-red heat therapy

Heat therapy is applied in conditions of weakness or deficiency. A substitute for moxibustion when a larger area needs treatment, the lamp emits infrared therapeutic heat which assists the body in increasing circulation and healing.

Guasha Scraping photo by Peaceful Spirit Acupuncture, Ithaca NY

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a scraping technique, using a smooth-edged tool and liniment to produce much the same results as cupping, but over a larger area. Generally speaking, these procedures are options for treating conditions of stagnation and excess.

Cupping Flame


This technique employs glass cups which are heated briefly to create a partial vacuum, and then quickly placed over the area to be treated. This slightly pulls the flesh up into the cup, which draws stagnant circulation, in the form of redness, to the surface, where it is more easily dispersed.

Tui Na photo by Peaceful Spirit Acupuncture, Ithaca NY

Tui Na

One of the oldest massage systems in the world, Tui Na has a vast array of techniques to assist the acupuncturist in bringing relief to the client. It is mostly used as an additional tool in an acupuncture session, either prior to or at the conclusion of a treatment.

Gi Gong lead by Anthony Fazio

Qi Gong practice

Older than many Chinese disciplines, Qi Gong is extremely varied and wide-ranging. Basically, it is a moving meditative practice. Because of its age, many styles and schools exist. Qi Gong techniques are taught at Peaceful Spirit to clients on an individual basis, and as part of the Tai Ji instruction at the NY Friends House.

Tai Chi led by Anthony Fazio of Peaceful Spirit Acupuncture

Tai Ji Classes


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From a Chinese medical perspective, Tai Ji courses qi and blood through the physical and energetic bodies; the channels are opened and balance is established. As the health of the channels is maintained, so is that of their corresponding organs. As Tai Ji practice incorporates mind and body coordination, it is only natural that the spirit is also enjoined. This three-fold integration is a powerful aid in calming and easing tension, and in improving organic diseases.