Acupuncture is most commonly used to reduce chronic pain throughout the body. It is a natural therapy that can have lasting and positive effects on the body without the need for medications that can cause unwanted side effects.
Acupuncture has been proven to help with…
·Headaches and Migraines
·Support for Addiction Recovery and PTSD
·Stress & Anxiety Management
·Chronic Pain, Including Back, Neck, Knee and Arthritic Pain
·Supporting Cancer Therapies and Chemotherapy Recovery
·Prevention of Cognitive Decline
·Pregnancy, Labor & Postpartum Health
In fact, many doctors are now recommending acupuncture as a treatment to reduce stress, balance hormones, and ease the anxiety and pain of pregnancy and labor.
What to expect...
Treatment can last up to 60 minutes depending on what you are presenting with.
Since Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) takes your whole body, mind and spirit into account during treatment, your first appointment will generally be more of an intake than a treatment. This gives me time to get to know your body and the ways it works.
Once I have a good understanding of your body, the intake process becomes secondary to the treatment. Most treatments will not require you to get undressed but some treatments may. In that case you will be provided with sheets to keep you warm and comfortable.
TCM uses various needling techniques but you should never feel sharp pain during needling. Many people report feeling heaviness or pressure in the area and some even report feeling the Qi energy moving throughout their bodies. There is not one single way in which the Qi energy is felt and most people feel nothing at all.
Most of all you will experience a peaceful relaxation during your treatment and this deep calm is the most healing aspect of acupuncture.
Therapeutic Acupuncture Treatments Create Health and Balance
Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and are very rarely felt when inserted.
Acupuncture is ideal for reducing and managing chronic pain symptoms.
Chinese Herbal Therapy
Chinese herbal medicine could also be called botanical medicine or phytomedicine because of the use of the plant’s seeds, berries, leaves, blossoms, bark and even roots for medicinal purposes. Whole herbs contain many ingredients, and this can produce a strong beneficial effect.
The use of Chinese herbs as medicine is part of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM also includes acupuncture, massage, and nutritional or dietary advice along with exercise and meditation practices.
The basic principles of TCM are quite different from traditional Western ideas about health, illnesses and even how the body works. Chinese herbs are suggested to bring the body’s energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) back into balance.
Qi runs through the body in channels that are now believed to be formed in the soft tissues known as fascia. Studies have shown Chinese herbal medicines are successful in treating a large range of disorders from gynecological to digestive and gastrointestinal.
Herb Quality is Extremely Important
Many factors determine how effective an herb will be. For example, the type of environment (climate, bugs, and soil quality) in which a plant grew will affect it, as will how and when it was harvested and processed.
Practitioners often use herbs together because the combination is more effective.
Your Safety is Vital
I take many factors into account when recommending herbs, including the species and variety of the plant, the plant's habitat, how it was stored and processed, and whether or not there are contaminants (including heavy metals and pesticides). There are some plants that are just not safe and I will not use them.
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The goal of nutritional and dietary counseling is to help a person make and maintain dietary changes. In context to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the goal is to bring the body’s energy and Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) back into balance using the food they eat every day.
The ancient Chinese believed that each food had thermal and medicinal qualities. Using the unique methods of TCM I can analyze the foods that are being consumed and see where the imbalances lie. I can then make suggestions to help guide you into a more balanced and therapeutic nutritional regimen.
Using TCM to balance your diet has been proven to…
· Improve Mood
· Combat Diseases
· Boost Energy
· Improve Longevity
· Balance Weight
What to expect...
A dietary consultation can be as simple as a discussion about the food choices you are currently making or as complex as forming a shopping list and recipe plan.
I will most likely ask you to keep a food diary for a week. Then we can see what types of foods your body is craving and if there are any places to add specific foods for your overall health keeping in mind that the goal is balance.
Often times I have one or two people who would like me to come to their home and cook a meal with them. If you would like, I can guide you through the process of choosing the appropriate foods for the season as well as provide recipes to try.
Food is medicine and is an integral part of your healing, this is the most important aspect of dietary counseling.
Congee, always the right answer!
I have so many delicious ideas and recipes. Congee is one of the most healing soups in all of Traditional Chinese Medicine and one of the most delicious!
The Yin and Yang of Nutrition
Traditional Chinese Medicine nutrition is all about balance, not about what you can and cannot eat.
Food Cooked with Love
Healing food has to do with the love with which it was prepared. Choosing the correct ingredients is secondary.
Cupping is an ancient therapy used by everyone from the ancient Egyptians and Chinese to the ancient Greeks. In this treatment, a glass or silicone cup is used and suction is created to hold the cup onto your skin. The suction pulls your skin, tissues and muscles upward releasing any restrictions below. Often times acupuncture and cupping are combined but that is not always the case.
Cupping can be thought of as the inverse of massage in that instead of the pressure being applied down into the tissues and muscles, the suction is lifting the tissues and muscles upward. This can enhance circulation in that area relieving pain and tension.
Cupping has been proven to…
·Boost Skin Health
·Treat Respiratory Issues and Colds
Cupping has numerous benefits — it can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph, and Qi to the affected area and throughout the body.
Cups Come in Many Sizes
Cupping commonly is applied to the back but can be effective in bringing relief in almost any area of the body.
How Does Cupping Work?
Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup thereby releasing any tissues that have become adhered.
Aroma-puncture refers to the medicinal use of essential oils on active acupuncture points. Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the leaves, roots, seeds or blossoms of the plant.
Aroma-puncture uses pure, therapeutic grade, essential oils and various aromatic plant compounds to improve a person’s health or mood. This usually involves a topical application such as during your acupuncture session but there are other ways of administering the oils.
Medical News Today notes that “In France, and much of Western Europe aromatherapy is incorporated into mainstream medicine as an antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial, much more so than in the UK, USA or Canada. In fact, there are some essential oils that are regulated as prescription drugs in France, and can only be administered (or prescribed) by a doctor.”
Depending on your situation your personalized blend may be applied in one of these three ways… • Aerial Diffusion- the oil is placed in an atomizer that sends the essential oil molecules into the air • Direct Inhalation- the oil is breathed in, either directly or with steam • Topical Application- the oil is applied to the skin through massage, baths or other therapeutic skin care
What to expect...
Not covered by insurance; Cost: $95
An Aromatherapy consultation and acupuncture session may take up to 90 minutes.
During an aromatherapy consultation, I will be asking you a multitude of questions to help me find the appropriate essential oils for your body's needs.
Once the prescription is determined, you will receive a combination of acupressure and acupuncture as your body requires. I will monitor your treatment by using the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of pulse taking. This type of application allows the oils to begin working right away and continue to work throughout the rest of your day.
Aroma-puncture Therapy provides benefit from both the essential oils as well as the acupuncture or acupressure.
Essential oils contain the chemical essence of the plants they were extracted from and can transfer those therapeutic effects to your body.
Many Chinese Herbs such as Rou Gui (Cinnamomi cortex), Ding Xiang (Caryophylli flos), and Gan Jiang (Zingiberis rhizoma) are available in essential oil form.
Tui Na Massage
Tui Na Massage involves the physical manipulation of soft tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments), to achieve two major effects.
First, it increases the blood and lymph circulation. This basically pushes the old, damaged cells out and brings fresh, new cells in. Increased circulation can significantly speed healing to an area that has been injured.
Second, it can cause the relaxation and normalization of the soft tissues which releases nerves and deeper connective tissues. What happens here is that the tightened soft tissues squeeze on vessels and nerves which in turn causes the pain associated with injury. Once those tissues are relaxed the vessels and nerves are freed, relieving the pain.
Massage has been proven to help with…
· Fibromyalgia Symptoms
· Easing the Effects of Surgery
· Reducing Stress and Improving Mood
· Lowering Blood Pressure
· Increasing Flexibility and Range of Motion
· Back and Neck Pain
· Relieving Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
What to expect...
Massage treatments last for 60 minutes.
On your first visit I will do a postural analysis and observe the structure of your muscles and skeleton. This, along with your intake, will give me a good understanding of any musculoskeletal imbalances.
Massage involves a wide range of techniques but you should never feel sharp or severe pain during your treatment. I use a combination of deep and light work to achieve the desired effects.
Most of all, you will experience an overall feeling of relaxation along with a reduction of your muscular tension and tightness. This is the most important aspect of massage therapy and allows your tissues a chance to heal.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deeper massage techniques can greatly reduce recovery time from sports related injuries.
Therapeutic Medical Massage eases muscle tensions and encourages healing
Hot Stone Massage
The use of hot stones during the massage can deepen the therapeutic effects and create intense relaxation