“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest their patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” –Thomas Edison
Acupuncture is a holistic form of health care
Acupuncture is a treatment that is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine which is simply a holistic form of health care used to balance the mind, body and spirit.It is a whole body treatment method that can address various components of overall well-being, including structural imbalances, nutritional imbalances, toxins, and emotional mind-body stress.
The core of Chinese Medicine is Qi (chee), which is the natural energy that flows throughout our body. It flows through specific pathways (meridians), each connected to specific organ systems and glands that govern particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper balance and flow of Qi creates health and wellness, and maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang. It is said that “when Qi is abundant and free flowing health prevails”, and “when Qi is excessive, deficient, or blocked disease may prevail.” Physical, mental, and emotional stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, unhealthy lifestyle choices or accidents can lead to disease and symptoms.
To restore balance to qi, yin and yang, an acupuncturist inserts tiny hair-like needles (picture a cat whisker – and no, they do not hurt) at specific points along the channels, each of these points has a specific and unique function, to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. Acupuncture can promote healing, boost immunity, support physical, mental and emotional health, and improve overall body function and wellness. It is a gentle, safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of health concerns.
According to Western science, acupuncture affects the whole body, including the brain, nervous system, endocrine system and connective tissue. Along the locations of the channels and points there is an abundance of blood vessels, nerve and lymph tissue. Biological responses that occur during an acupuncture treatment include the release of serotonin, endorphins, hormones, and anti-inflammatory agents to help the body heal.
Acupuncture is cumulative. Each treatment builds on the last. Almost everyone will need a series of treatments to get the best results. Chronic conditions may take longer to resolve than acute. Generally, the healthier your body is, the quicker the response. Healing is an internal process therefore it requires your full attention and involvement, therefore lifestyle changes and a nutritional program may be recommended on an individual basis. You should notice positive changes in your body within the first six appointments, some people feel better after one or two. However, a typical course of treatment is one or two times a week for 5 to 10 weeks (10 to 15 treatments). Maintenance is suggested once a month, bi-monthly, or seasonally as needed.
Chinese medicine assesses the body using personal health history, pulse taking, tongue examination, physical examination and Qi assessment. Treatments are tailored to your unique personal situation.
Acupuncture is a natural, safe and effective ways to restore health and vitality, it may help with:
- Cardiovascular disorders such as low of high blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, and muscle cramps.
- Chemotherapy and Radiation side effects such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, insomnia, pain, peripheral neuropathy, stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Digestive system disorders such as hiccough, spasms of the esophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastritis, heartburn, hiatal hernia, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, bloating, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, Irritable Bowel, Ulcerative Colitis, food allergies, liver and gallbladder disorders, weight control and detoxification.
- Endocrine disorders that affect the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, and adrenal glands, ovaries and testes.
- Eye conditions such as visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, macular degeneration, conjunctivitis, myopia in children, and central retinitis.
- Facial rejuvenation to improve fine lines, wrinkles, sagging jowls, dark spots, puffiness under the eyes, acne, rosacea, and other skin imbalances.
- Gynecological and Obstetric disorders such as irregular or painful (PMS) periods, the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats or vaginal dryness, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, disorders associated with fertility such as difficulty with conception, female and male infertility, IUI and IVF support, and disorders associated with pregnancy such as nausea, morning sickness, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, labor preparation, postnatal hormone regulation and breast feeding support.
- Musculoskeletal disorderssuch as car accident injuries, muscle tension, tendon strains, neck and shoulder pain, upper and mid back pain, low back pain, weak back, hip pain, sciatica, knee pain, gout, tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, and tennis elbow, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Neurological conditions such as dizziness, headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, facial and intercostal neuralgia, nerve pain, some forms of paralysis, peripheral neuropathy, noises in the ears, Meniere’s disease, Bell’s Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Fibromyalgia.
- Pediatric and childhood conditions such as allergies, asthma, cold, flu, cough, ear infections, headaches, loose stool, constipation, skin conditions, cold, flu, and wellness support.
- Psychological conditions such as depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking, drugs, and alcohol.
- Respiratory conditions such as bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.
- Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, Shingles (herpes zoster), acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, and some forms of hair loss.
- Sporting injuries such as swelling and inflammation, sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.
- Urogenital disordersh such as acute and chronic bladder, kidney, or prostate issues such as cystitis, prostatitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
In my practice, I often integrate acupuncture, bodywork, cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion, to treat a wide variety of conditions.
Tui Na is a form of Asian bodywork that stimulates certain acupoints or channels. It involves the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, and muscle spasms. Some techniques are quite gentle and are often used for stress relief. Others are more forceful and are used in helping the body heal from serious injury and illness.
Cupping is done by applying glass, plastic or silicone cups to the skin on certain acupoints or channels by creating a vacuum causing the skin to seal to it. The vacuum created draws blood, Qi and lymph to the area to promote circulation and healing, along a channel pathway or muscle group. Cupping is similar to receiving a deep tissue massage, and can be performed as a sole treatment or at the end of an acupuncture treatment for 5-10 minutes. Cupping is a tremendously helpful technique for general pain, injuries to the neck, back, shoulder or hip, arthritis, digestive issues, fertility issues, asthma, colds and flus, insomnia, and more.
Gua Sha is a technique using a small rounded edge tool used to apply direct pressure to a muscle that results in a red appearance or “sha” that usually fades within 2-3 days.
This technique helps to promote the normal circulation of Qi and blood through an area by breaking up any stagnation in the channel or muscle. This technique is great for whiplash, carpal tunnel, and neck, shoulder, elbow, and upper back pain or tension.
Moxibustion involves the burning of moxa, an herb from the Mugwort plant. The herb is used as a form of heat therapy and is burned slowly over acupoints. It gives off a little smoke and a pleasant, incense-like smell.
The radiant heat produced by the moxa penetrates deeply into the body to restore balance, promote circulation, build the Qi, and rid the body of excess moisture. Patients undergoing moxibustion generally enjoy the feeling of warmth and find it very relaxing.
Micro stimulation is a small machine, similar to a tens unit, that is connected to the needles, it provides small pulsations that create a stronger treatment effect.
This is commonly used for acute or severe chronic pain. For children, we use a hand held stimulator to provide small pulsations to the acu-points as an alternative to using acu-needles.
An individual nutrition program will be recommended based on your needs and goals. This will include lifestyle changes, nutritional tips, and whole food nutritional and herbal supplements. Your body is amazing, and it is capable of healing itself if given the correct nutrition. Our programs will typically include three stages, 1) detox, 2) repair & rebuild, and 3) maintain & prevent.
We will work together to monitor the areas of deficiency in your body and work to repair and rebuild any areas that need focus. For example, we will heal the digestive tract, balance the endocrine system, unburden the liver and digestive system of any toxins, free your body from sugar, wheat or other high glycemic foods to reduce insulin and cortisol imbalances, identify any food sensitivities and remove inflammatory processes, address any yeast or parasite issues, correct your gut flora imbalance, boost your immune system, address any circulatory issues with the brain, heart and legs, address any vitamin or mineral deficiencies, and begin specific correction of any chronic conditions.
Acupuncture stimulates the flow of energy and blood, but if deficient organ systems are contributing to your health problems, acupuncture alone may not be enough. By using herbs to strengthen and enhance normal body functions, a general sense of well-being can be restored.
Herbal medicine consists of plant, animal, and mineral substances. Herbs can have a direct impact on your metabolic system, endocrine system, immune system and other systems which may be malfunctioning and contributing to a pathologic state. Herbal medicine can nourish, support, increase and enhance your organ systems, to promote healing and balance for your specific conditions.
Aroma Acupoint Therapy involves the use of specific essential oils on acupuncture points. Essential oils have an energetic nature that, when combined with the energetic nature of acupuncture points, can increase the effectiveness of the treatment. Acupuncture points have multiple functions, so pairing them with specific oils helps focus the therapeutic action of the point.
This treatment is gentle, yet powerful. It can be used alone, or in combination with acupuncture. It is perfect for children, the elderly, or anyone that is looking for a non-needle treatment option.