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Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center welcomes patients for acupuncture treatments in these towns and surrounding areas: Shelton, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Monroe, Fairfield, Milford, and Orange. If you’d like to learn more, contact Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center to schedule an appointment. You can book your visit by phone or online.


Acupuncture has received a great deal of attention in recent years, but this form of ancient Chinese medicine is nothing new. Acupuncture has been in use for nearly 5,000 years.

Joseph Downer, LAc, of Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center in Shelton, Connecticut, has completed extensive training in this healing method. People of all ages and needs in the area rely on his acupuncture skills to find relief from a wide range of health concerns.

If you’re curious about how acupuncture might be able to work for your specific needs, schedule an appointment to meet with Joe for a personalized consultation.

Acupuncture FAQ's 

1

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment rooted in ancient Chinese medicine. The anthropological record shows evidence of this type of stimulatory treatment dating back thousands of years.
During the 14th and 15th centuries, acupuncture was a widely embraced medical treatment in China and was taught as a form of medical specialty. While acupuncture fell out of favor for a time beginning in the 17th century, it entered a revival period in the 1940s and has expanded to many other cultures since then.

2

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by correcting the flow of energy through defined pathways in your body. The traditional understanding of that energy, called qi, was akin to a life force that keeps the body properly balanced and functioning at optimal levels.

When faced with an obstruction, that energy can no longer move freely and begins to build up. That can lead to numerous health issues as the “downstream” organs and systems become starved of energy.

Traditional Chinese medicine holds that there are 350 acupuncture points on your body, all of which connect to meridians that act as rivers to transport qi. Acupuncture strives to correct blockages in your meridians by inserting thin, flexible needles into the body.

3

What health issues can Acupuncture treat?

Because your body and mind function as an interconnected whole, acupuncture has the ability to correct an astounding variety of health concerns, both mental and physical. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture can effectively treat:

● Sciatica.

● Menstrual pain and issues.

● Nausea

.● Fertility.

● Lower back pain

.● Osteoarthritis.

● Decreased libido.

● Pregnancy-related nausea.

● Postpartum depression.

● Knee pain.

● Migraine, cluster headache, and headache.

● High or low blood pressure

.● Side effects of chemotherapy.

● Rheumatoid arthritis

● Dental pain.

● Nausea associated with chemotherapy.

● Allergies.

● Weight loss.

● Mild depression

.● Certain stomach ailments.

● Children's health issues, including anxiety, ADD/ADHD, bed-wetting, and allergies.


This is far from a comprehensive list. Many people have achieved lasting relief from many other mental and physical conditions through acupuncture.

4

Why choose Acupuncture over other treatments?

Acupuncture offers several distinct benefits when compared to other treatments. Some of those benefits include:

● The ability to control pain without medications.

● Very few side effects.

● Well tolerated by most patients.

● Ability to incorporate into most other treatment plans.

● Impressive safety record when performed by a qualified professional.

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Pain Management

If you live with chronic pain, you understand just how debilitating the condition can be.


Joseph Downer, LAc, of Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center in Shelton, Connecticut, is proud of the results he’s achieved using acupuncture to manage chronic pain in patients of all ages.


This natural method of healing taps into the power innate in all human beings to self-heal.

  • What are the benefits of facial cupping?
    ● Increased blood circulation to the head and neck. ● Increased circulation and absorption of nutrients to the skin. ● Improved absorption of facial products. ● Drainage of stagnant fluids. ● Reduced puffiness and edema. ● Reduced appearance and prevention of facial lines and wrinkles. ● Strengthen skin and connective tissues. ● Stimulate cells responsible for collagen production. ● Brighten skin. ● Minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. ● Tone the chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage. ● Decrease puffiness. ● Regulate oil production. ● Improve nutrient delivery and product absorption.
  • What can I expect from my facial cupping session?
    Your facial cupping session starts with a thin application of coconut oil or Pentaxyl Anti-aging Skincare cream. After a light face and neck massage, your facial cupping treatment begins. It is best to arrive for your treatment with long hair tied back and a clean face free of makeup and lotions. A typical facial cupping treatment lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Please drink an ample amount of water before and after each treatment to help your treatment last longer. Lines and wrinkles will plump, and any scar tissue will soften. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness. The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening tight muscle tissue. Facial cupping can provide significant therapeutic results for symptoms related to sinus infections, inflammation, edema, and patients suffering from TMJ disorders.
  • How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
    As with any therapeutic treatment, results can vary from person to person. The recommended initial course of treatment with facial cupping consists of between 6 and 12 sessions, depending on age and skin condition. The results are cumulative, especially if treatments are performed 1-2 times per week. We recommend monthly follow-up sessions to maintain the original results.
  • Is facial cupping the same as body cupping?
    Yes and no. Although they’re based on the same principle of restoration, facial and body cupping are executed differently. Facial cups are typically smaller and softer. They’re used to gently pull the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin without leaving cup marks behind. Body cupping, on the other hand, is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains. Cup marks are almost always left behind, but they do serve a diagnostic purpose; the size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.
  • Will it leave bruises?
    Facial cupping, unlike body cupping, doesn’t leave bruises. In facial cupping therapy, the cups are constantly moving- cups will only leave bruises if left in one spot for too long.
  • Are there any other side effects or risks?
    Although facial cupping is generally considered safe, minor side effects are possible. They typically occur during or immediately after the treatment. Temporary side effects of facial cupping include: ● Nausea ● Dizziness ● Lightheadedness ● Cold sweats If you have broken skin or active breakouts or rashes on your skin, you may not be able to receive facial cupping.

Children's Acupuncture

We all want to keep our children safe, healthy, and free from discomfort and pain. It’s no wonder, then, that there are healing arts focusing specifically on children.


Shonishin, more commonly known as Japanese pediatric acupuncture, dates back to 17th century Japan in the Osaka region. Since the 1960's it has become extremely popular in Japan. Shonishin is an Acupuncture practice with adjustments to make it more comfortable for children up to about 12 or 13 years old. Shonishin is performed without needles except in special cases.


Shonihari, another form of Japanese pediatric acupuncture, is a totally non-needle therapy for children of all ages. It also includes certain healing techniques for parents to perform at home. In the past 120 years, Shonihari has become an especially popular treatment for children in Japan.


Both practices have developed based on the energy meridian philosophy of acupuncture.

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  • What are the benefits of facial cupping?
    ● Increased blood circulation to the head and neck. ● Increased circulation and absorption of nutrients to the skin. ● Improved absorption of facial products. ● Drainage of stagnant fluids. ● Reduced puffiness and edema. ● Reduced appearance and prevention of facial lines and wrinkles. ● Strengthen skin and connective tissues. ● Stimulate cells responsible for collagen production. ● Brighten skin. ● Minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. ● Tone the chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage. ● Decrease puffiness. ● Regulate oil production. ● Improve nutrient delivery and product absorption.
  • What can I expect from my facial cupping session?
    Your facial cupping session starts with a thin application of coconut oil or Pentaxyl Anti-aging Skincare cream. After a light face and neck massage, your facial cupping treatment begins. It is best to arrive for your treatment with long hair tied back and a clean face free of makeup and lotions. A typical facial cupping treatment lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Please drink an ample amount of water before and after each treatment to help your treatment last longer. Lines and wrinkles will plump, and any scar tissue will soften. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness. The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening tight muscle tissue. Facial cupping can provide significant therapeutic results for symptoms related to sinus infections, inflammation, edema, and patients suffering from TMJ disorders.
  • How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
    As with any therapeutic treatment, results can vary from person to person. The recommended initial course of treatment with facial cupping consists of between 6 and 12 sessions, depending on age and skin condition. The results are cumulative, especially if treatments are performed 1-2 times per week. We recommend monthly follow-up sessions to maintain the original results.
  • Is facial cupping the same as body cupping?
    Yes and no. Although they’re based on the same principle of restoration, facial and body cupping are executed differently. Facial cups are typically smaller and softer. They’re used to gently pull the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin without leaving cup marks behind. Body cupping, on the other hand, is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains. Cup marks are almost always left behind, but they do serve a diagnostic purpose; the size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.
  • Will it leave bruises?
    Facial cupping, unlike body cupping, doesn’t leave bruises. In facial cupping therapy, the cups are constantly moving- cups will only leave bruises if left in one spot for too long.
  • Are there any other side effects or risks?
    Although facial cupping is generally considered safe, minor side effects are possible. They typically occur during or immediately after the treatment. Temporary side effects of facial cupping include: ● Nausea ● Dizziness ● Lightheadedness ● Cold sweats If you have broken skin or active breakouts or rashes on your skin, you may not be able to receive facial cupping.

Eye Health Services

If your eyesight isn’t what it used to be, or you’re experiencing symptoms of eye health issues like glaucoma, acupuncture could offer a safe and effective treatment path.


At Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center in Stratford, Connecticut, Joseph Downer, LAc, helps men and women achieve improved vision and enhanced eye health through professional acupuncture.


To learn more and explore the full range of treatments available at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center, book your visit today, either online or by phone.

  • What are the benefits of facial cupping?
    ● Increased blood circulation to the head and neck. ● Increased circulation and absorption of nutrients to the skin. ● Improved absorption of facial products. ● Drainage of stagnant fluids. ● Reduced puffiness and edema. ● Reduced appearance and prevention of facial lines and wrinkles. ● Strengthen skin and connective tissues. ● Stimulate cells responsible for collagen production. ● Brighten skin. ● Minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. ● Tone the chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage. ● Decrease puffiness. ● Regulate oil production. ● Improve nutrient delivery and product absorption.
  • What can I expect from my facial cupping session?
    Your facial cupping session starts with a thin application of coconut oil or Pentaxyl Anti-aging Skincare cream. After a light face and neck massage, your facial cupping treatment begins. It is best to arrive for your treatment with long hair tied back and a clean face free of makeup and lotions. A typical facial cupping treatment lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Please drink an ample amount of water before and after each treatment to help your treatment last longer. Lines and wrinkles will plump, and any scar tissue will soften. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness. The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening tight muscle tissue. Facial cupping can provide significant therapeutic results for symptoms related to sinus infections, inflammation, edema, and patients suffering from TMJ disorders.
  • How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
    As with any therapeutic treatment, results can vary from person to person. The recommended initial course of treatment with facial cupping consists of between 6 and 12 sessions, depending on age and skin condition. The results are cumulative, especially if treatments are performed 1-2 times per week. We recommend monthly follow-up sessions to maintain the original results.
  • Is facial cupping the same as body cupping?
    Yes and no. Although they’re based on the same principle of restoration, facial and body cupping are executed differently. Facial cups are typically smaller and softer. They’re used to gently pull the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin without leaving cup marks behind. Body cupping, on the other hand, is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains. Cup marks are almost always left behind, but they do serve a diagnostic purpose; the size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.
  • Will it leave bruises?
    Facial cupping, unlike body cupping, doesn’t leave bruises. In facial cupping therapy, the cups are constantly moving- cups will only leave bruises if left in one spot for too long.
  • Are there any other side effects or risks?
    Although facial cupping is generally considered safe, minor side effects are possible. They typically occur during or immediately after the treatment. Temporary side effects of facial cupping include: ● Nausea ● Dizziness ● Lightheadedness ● Cold sweats If you have broken skin or active breakouts or rashes on your skin, you may not be able to receive facial cupping.
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Neuropathy

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Your peripheral nervous system acts as the communications network for your entire body. When neuropathy interrupts or distorts those communications, relief is available through the services of Joseph Downer, LAc, of Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center in Stratford, Connecticut.


An extensive background in acupuncture and traditional Chinese healing techniques allows Joe to deliver lasting results, even when Western medical interventions have failed.

  • What are the benefits of facial cupping?
    ● Increased blood circulation to the head and neck. ● Increased circulation and absorption of nutrients to the skin. ● Improved absorption of facial products. ● Drainage of stagnant fluids. ● Reduced puffiness and edema. ● Reduced appearance and prevention of facial lines and wrinkles. ● Strengthen skin and connective tissues. ● Stimulate cells responsible for collagen production. ● Brighten skin. ● Minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. ● Tone the chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage. ● Decrease puffiness. ● Regulate oil production. ● Improve nutrient delivery and product absorption.
  • What can I expect from my facial cupping session?
    Your facial cupping session starts with a thin application of coconut oil or Pentaxyl Anti-aging Skincare cream. After a light face and neck massage, your facial cupping treatment begins. It is best to arrive for your treatment with long hair tied back and a clean face free of makeup and lotions. A typical facial cupping treatment lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Please drink an ample amount of water before and after each treatment to help your treatment last longer. Lines and wrinkles will plump, and any scar tissue will soften. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness. The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening tight muscle tissue. Facial cupping can provide significant therapeutic results for symptoms related to sinus infections, inflammation, edema, and patients suffering from TMJ disorders.
  • How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
    As with any therapeutic treatment, results can vary from person to person. The recommended initial course of treatment with facial cupping consists of between 6 and 12 sessions, depending on age and skin condition. The results are cumulative, especially if treatments are performed 1-2 times per week. We recommend monthly follow-up sessions to maintain the original results.
  • Is facial cupping the same as body cupping?
    Yes and no. Although they’re based on the same principle of restoration, facial and body cupping are executed differently. Facial cups are typically smaller and softer. They’re used to gently pull the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin without leaving cup marks behind. Body cupping, on the other hand, is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains. Cup marks are almost always left behind, but they do serve a diagnostic purpose; the size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.
  • Will it leave bruises?
    Facial cupping, unlike body cupping, doesn’t leave bruises. In facial cupping therapy, the cups are constantly moving- cups will only leave bruises if left in one spot for too long.
  • Are there any other side effects or risks?
    Although facial cupping is generally considered safe, minor side effects are possible. They typically occur during or immediately after the treatment. Temporary side effects of facial cupping include: ● Nausea ● Dizziness ● Lightheadedness ● Cold sweats If you have broken skin or active breakouts or rashes on your skin, you may not be able to receive facial cupping.

Fertility Services

Your peripheral nervous system acts as the communications network for your entire body. When neuropathy interrupts or distorts those communications, relief is available through the services of Joseph Downer, LAc, of Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center in Stratford, Connecticut.


An extensive background in acupuncture and traditional Chinese healing techniques allows Joe to deliver lasting results, even when Western medical interventions have failed.

  • What are the benefits of facial cupping?
    ● Increased blood circulation to the head and neck. ● Increased circulation and absorption of nutrients to the skin. ● Improved absorption of facial products. ● Drainage of stagnant fluids. ● Reduced puffiness and edema. ● Reduced appearance and prevention of facial lines and wrinkles. ● Strengthen skin and connective tissues. ● Stimulate cells responsible for collagen production. ● Brighten skin. ● Minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. ● Tone the chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage. ● Decrease puffiness. ● Regulate oil production. ● Improve nutrient delivery and product absorption.
  • What can I expect from my facial cupping session?
    Your facial cupping session starts with a thin application of coconut oil or Pentaxyl Anti-aging Skincare cream. After a light face and neck massage, your facial cupping treatment begins. It is best to arrive for your treatment with long hair tied back and a clean face free of makeup and lotions. A typical facial cupping treatment lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Please drink an ample amount of water before and after each treatment to help your treatment last longer. Lines and wrinkles will plump, and any scar tissue will soften. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness. The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening tight muscle tissue. Facial cupping can provide significant therapeutic results for symptoms related to sinus infections, inflammation, edema, and patients suffering from TMJ disorders.
  • How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
    As with any therapeutic treatment, results can vary from person to person. The recommended initial course of treatment with facial cupping consists of between 6 and 12 sessions, depending on age and skin condition. The results are cumulative, especially if treatments are performed 1-2 times per week. We recommend monthly follow-up sessions to maintain the original results.
  • Is facial cupping the same as body cupping?
    Yes and no. Although they’re based on the same principle of restoration, facial and body cupping are executed differently. Facial cups are typically smaller and softer. They’re used to gently pull the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin without leaving cup marks behind. Body cupping, on the other hand, is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains. Cup marks are almost always left behind, but they do serve a diagnostic purpose; the size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.
  • Will it leave bruises?
    Facial cupping, unlike body cupping, doesn’t leave bruises. In facial cupping therapy, the cups are constantly moving- cups will only leave bruises if left in one spot for too long.
  • Are there any other side effects or risks?
    Although facial cupping is generally considered safe, minor side effects are possible. They typically occur during or immediately after the treatment. Temporary side effects of facial cupping include: ● Nausea ● Dizziness ● Lightheadedness ● Cold sweats If you have broken skin or active breakouts or rashes on your skin, you may not be able to receive facial cupping.
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Migraines

Few things can disrupt the routines of a normal day faster than a severe headache. For many men and women in Stratford, Connecticut, relief is found through the care of Joseph Downer, LAc, of Stratford Acupuncture & Wellness Center.


If you have any questions about how acupuncture can help relieve headache pain, schedule an appointment to meet the team at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center today. Click here to see a migraine acupuncture treatment at our office in Shelton, CT.

There are many different types of headaches, and understanding which type you suffer from can help you search for the proper treatment path. The more common headache types include:

  • What are the benefits of facial cupping?
    ● Increased blood circulation to the head and neck. ● Increased circulation and absorption of nutrients to the skin. ● Improved absorption of facial products. ● Drainage of stagnant fluids. ● Reduced puffiness and edema. ● Reduced appearance and prevention of facial lines and wrinkles. ● Strengthen skin and connective tissues. ● Stimulate cells responsible for collagen production. ● Brighten skin. ● Minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. ● Tone the chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage. ● Decrease puffiness. ● Regulate oil production. ● Improve nutrient delivery and product absorption.
  • What can I expect from my facial cupping session?
    Your facial cupping session starts with a thin application of coconut oil or Pentaxyl Anti-aging Skincare cream. After a light face and neck massage, your facial cupping treatment begins. It is best to arrive for your treatment with long hair tied back and a clean face free of makeup and lotions. A typical facial cupping treatment lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Please drink an ample amount of water before and after each treatment to help your treatment last longer. Lines and wrinkles will plump, and any scar tissue will soften. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness. The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening tight muscle tissue. Facial cupping can provide significant therapeutic results for symptoms related to sinus infections, inflammation, edema, and patients suffering from TMJ disorders.
  • How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
    As with any therapeutic treatment, results can vary from person to person. The recommended initial course of treatment with facial cupping consists of between 6 and 12 sessions, depending on age and skin condition. The results are cumulative, especially if treatments are performed 1-2 times per week. We recommend monthly follow-up sessions to maintain the original results.
  • Is facial cupping the same as body cupping?
    Yes and no. Although they’re based on the same principle of restoration, facial and body cupping are executed differently. Facial cups are typically smaller and softer. They’re used to gently pull the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin without leaving cup marks behind. Body cupping, on the other hand, is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains. Cup marks are almost always left behind, but they do serve a diagnostic purpose; the size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.
  • Will it leave bruises?
    Facial cupping, unlike body cupping, doesn’t leave bruises. In facial cupping therapy, the cups are constantly moving- cups will only leave bruises if left in one spot for too long.
  • Are there any other side effects or risks?
    Although facial cupping is generally considered safe, minor side effects are possible. They typically occur during or immediately after the treatment. Temporary side effects of facial cupping include: ● Nausea ● Dizziness ● Lightheadedness ● Cold sweats If you have broken skin or active breakouts or rashes on your skin, you may not be able to receive facial cupping.
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Colorpuncture™

Esogetic Colorpuncture is a state-of-the-art mind and body healing technology. It combines knowledge derived from Chinese medicine and other energetic healing systems, modern photon Biophysics, and new biology with insights from ancient esoteric healing philosophies in order to create a new and unique system of informative/energetic healing.


The primary method of treatment involves the application of colored light frequencies to acu-points on the skin — hence the name “Colorpuncture.” As this system has developed further, treatments using special crystal devices, biofeedback or induction tools, sound therapies, and wellness products, all based on the Esogetic healing principles, have been added.


The originator of Esogetic Colorpuncture is Peter Mandel, a German naturopath, acupuncturist, and well-known figure in European natural medicine. Mandel has conducted over 50 years of clinical research in developing this work.

  • What are the benefits of facial cupping?
    ● Increased blood circulation to the head and neck. ● Increased circulation and absorption of nutrients to the skin. ● Improved absorption of facial products. ● Drainage of stagnant fluids. ● Reduced puffiness and edema. ● Reduced appearance and prevention of facial lines and wrinkles. ● Strengthen skin and connective tissues. ● Stimulate cells responsible for collagen production. ● Brighten skin. ● Minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. ● Tone the chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage. ● Decrease puffiness. ● Regulate oil production. ● Improve nutrient delivery and product absorption.
  • What can I expect from my facial cupping session?
    Your facial cupping session starts with a thin application of coconut oil or Pentaxyl Anti-aging Skincare cream. After a light face and neck massage, your facial cupping treatment begins. It is best to arrive for your treatment with long hair tied back and a clean face free of makeup and lotions. A typical facial cupping treatment lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Please drink an ample amount of water before and after each treatment to help your treatment last longer. Lines and wrinkles will plump, and any scar tissue will soften. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness. The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening tight muscle tissue. Facial cupping can provide significant therapeutic results for symptoms related to sinus infections, inflammation, edema, and patients suffering from TMJ disorders.
  • How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
    As with any therapeutic treatment, results can vary from person to person. The recommended initial course of treatment with facial cupping consists of between 6 and 12 sessions, depending on age and skin condition. The results are cumulative, especially if treatments are performed 1-2 times per week. We recommend monthly follow-up sessions to maintain the original results.
  • Is facial cupping the same as body cupping?
    Yes and no. Although they’re based on the same principle of restoration, facial and body cupping are executed differently. Facial cups are typically smaller and softer. They’re used to gently pull the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin without leaving cup marks behind. Body cupping, on the other hand, is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains. Cup marks are almost always left behind, but they do serve a diagnostic purpose; the size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.
  • Will it leave bruises?
    Facial cupping, unlike body cupping, doesn’t leave bruises. In facial cupping therapy, the cups are constantly moving- cups will only leave bruises if left in one spot for too long.
  • Are there any other side effects or risks?
    Although facial cupping is generally considered safe, minor side effects are possible. They typically occur during or immediately after the treatment. Temporary side effects of facial cupping include: ● Nausea ● Dizziness ● Lightheadedness ● Cold sweats If you have broken skin or active breakouts or rashes on your skin, you may not be able to receive facial cupping.

Anxiety & Depression

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Anxiety and depression are serious mental health issues that can be devastating on both the personal and public health levels. Joseph Downer, LAc, of Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center in Stratford, Connecticut, offers a holistic approach to treating these conditions.


According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, as many as one out of every five Americans will experience some form of mental illness each year. For some, serious mental health problems will alter the course of their lives. Others will struggle with episodic or short-term bouts of anxiety and/or depression.


If you’re curious about how traditional Chinese medicine can help improve anxiety, depression, and a range of other mental health concerns, book an appointment with Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center.

  • What are the benefits of facial cupping?
    ● Increased blood circulation to the head and neck. ● Increased circulation and absorption of nutrients to the skin. ● Improved absorption of facial products. ● Drainage of stagnant fluids. ● Reduced puffiness and edema. ● Reduced appearance and prevention of facial lines and wrinkles. ● Strengthen skin and connective tissues. ● Stimulate cells responsible for collagen production. ● Brighten skin. ● Minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. ● Tone the chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage. ● Decrease puffiness. ● Regulate oil production. ● Improve nutrient delivery and product absorption.
  • What can I expect from my facial cupping session?
    Your facial cupping session starts with a thin application of coconut oil or Pentaxyl Anti-aging Skincare cream. After a light face and neck massage, your facial cupping treatment begins. It is best to arrive for your treatment with long hair tied back and a clean face free of makeup and lotions. A typical facial cupping treatment lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Please drink an ample amount of water before and after each treatment to help your treatment last longer. Lines and wrinkles will plump, and any scar tissue will soften. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness. The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening tight muscle tissue. Facial cupping can provide significant therapeutic results for symptoms related to sinus infections, inflammation, edema, and patients suffering from TMJ disorders.
  • How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
    As with any therapeutic treatment, results can vary from person to person. The recommended initial course of treatment with facial cupping consists of between 6 and 12 sessions, depending on age and skin condition. The results are cumulative, especially if treatments are performed 1-2 times per week. We recommend monthly follow-up sessions to maintain the original results.
  • Is facial cupping the same as body cupping?
    Yes and no. Although they’re based on the same principle of restoration, facial and body cupping are executed differently. Facial cups are typically smaller and softer. They’re used to gently pull the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin without leaving cup marks behind. Body cupping, on the other hand, is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains. Cup marks are almost always left behind, but they do serve a diagnostic purpose; the size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.
  • Will it leave bruises?
    Facial cupping, unlike body cupping, doesn’t leave bruises. In facial cupping therapy, the cups are constantly moving- cups will only leave bruises if left in one spot for too long.
  • Are there any other side effects or risks?
    Although facial cupping is generally considered safe, minor side effects are possible. They typically occur during or immediately after the treatment. Temporary side effects of facial cupping include: ● Nausea ● Dizziness ● Lightheadedness ● Cold sweats If you have broken skin or active breakouts or rashes on your skin, you may not be able to receive facial cupping.

Battlefield Acupuncture

Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) is a specialized form of acupuncture that has gained recognition and popularity for its effectiveness in managing pain, particularly in combat situations. It was developed by Dr. Richard Niemtzow, an Air Force physician, with the aim of providing quick and efficient pain relief to military personnel on the battlefield.


At Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center, we understand the value of Battlefield Acupuncture in treating various types of pain, and we are committed to offering this innovative approach to pain management. Our highly trained and experienced acupuncturists specialize in administering Battlefield Acupuncture techniques to help alleviate pain and enhance your well-being.

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  • What are the benefits of facial cupping?
    ● Increased blood circulation to the head and neck. ● Increased circulation and absorption of nutrients to the skin. ● Improved absorption of facial products. ● Drainage of stagnant fluids. ● Reduced puffiness and edema. ● Reduced appearance and prevention of facial lines and wrinkles. ● Strengthen skin and connective tissues. ● Stimulate cells responsible for collagen production. ● Brighten skin. ● Minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. ● Tone the chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage. ● Decrease puffiness. ● Regulate oil production. ● Improve nutrient delivery and product absorption.
  • What can I expect from my facial cupping session?
    Your facial cupping session starts with a thin application of coconut oil or Pentaxyl Anti-aging Skincare cream. After a light face and neck massage, your facial cupping treatment begins. It is best to arrive for your treatment with long hair tied back and a clean face free of makeup and lotions. A typical facial cupping treatment lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Please drink an ample amount of water before and after each treatment to help your treatment last longer. Lines and wrinkles will plump, and any scar tissue will soften. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness. The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening tight muscle tissue. Facial cupping can provide significant therapeutic results for symptoms related to sinus infections, inflammation, edema, and patients suffering from TMJ disorders.
  • How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
    As with any therapeutic treatment, results can vary from person to person. The recommended initial course of treatment with facial cupping consists of between 6 and 12 sessions, depending on age and skin condition. The results are cumulative, especially if treatments are performed 1-2 times per week. We recommend monthly follow-up sessions to maintain the original results.
  • Is facial cupping the same as body cupping?
    Yes and no. Although they’re based on the same principle of restoration, facial and body cupping are executed differently. Facial cups are typically smaller and softer. They’re used to gently pull the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and rejuvenates the skin without leaving cup marks behind. Body cupping, on the other hand, is primarily used to alleviate aches and pains. Cup marks are almost always left behind, but they do serve a diagnostic purpose; the size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.
  • Will it leave bruises?
    Facial cupping, unlike body cupping, doesn’t leave bruises. In facial cupping therapy, the cups are constantly moving- cups will only leave bruises if left in one spot for too long.
  • Are there any other side effects or risks?
    Although facial cupping is generally considered safe, minor side effects are possible. They typically occur during or immediately after the treatment. Temporary side effects of facial cupping include: ● Nausea ● Dizziness ● Lightheadedness ● Cold sweats If you have broken skin or active breakouts or rashes on your skin, you may not be able to receive facial cupping.
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