There are Five Branches of Chinese Medicine: acupuncture, herbology, tui na (Chinese massage), Tai ch'i/Qi Gong, and nutrition. Throughout our sessions, I may recommend these and various other types of Chinese medical treatments, including moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, cosmetic acupuncture and more.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of a comprehensive medical system that originated in ancient China over 2500 years ago. It is used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness and address the root cause of the problem as it shows up in the unique person. Symptoms arise when our vital life force, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”), does not flow properly in the channels (“meridians”). This is similar to the way a river runs through the earth. When qi is blocked, imbalance and illness may arise on a body, mind and/or spirit level.
How does acupuncture work?
Very fine, stainless steel needles are inserted into the surface of the skin along the meridians to stimulate the qi and influence bodily functions. The person feels little to no discomfort, more of a warmth or tingling at the sight of insertion or along other parts of the meridian. This restores harmony, alleviates stress and discourages future health problems. From a Western medicine point of view, the stimulation of the nerves along these meridians send an electrical impulse to the brain that releases endorphins and can exert a positive influence on our physical and emotional health. Numerous scientific studies have been done to better understand how and why acupuncture is proven to be so effective for a wide variety of illnesses. Acupuncture helps restore health and balance without the use of drugs or surgery.
Does it work?
Acupuncture, one of the Five Branches of Chinese Medicine, has proven to be effective for millions of people over more than two thousand years. Because each treatment is tailored to the specific person, different people will have different responses, even if they are coming in for the same medical diagnosis. Though acupuncture can be highly effective in treating acute issues such as colds and swelling, it is particularly helpful in treating chronic illnesses. In fact, many people come to me with stubborn problems that no longer respond to Western treatments, or they do not want to take pharmaceuticals. Acupuncture is completely safe to use alone or while under the care of a Western MD. My emphasis on healthy lifestyle coaching along with treatments can help a person reduce medicine under the guidance of their physician. Many illnesses have improved or have completely resolved from sessions and my patients report feeling more energy and well-being.
What is a treatment like?
Each treatment is tailored to the unique individual and is determined by using a method of differential diagnosis particular to Chinese Medicine. This includes palpating the pulse, asking and listening closely to your social and medical histories, and looking at your tongue. Seemingly unrelated symptoms often point to a disharmony, while areas in your life that are flourishing are encouraged to continue doing so. Needles may stay in for a moment or for many minutes. I understand the trust it takes to allow me to insert a needle. My approach is process oriented; I proceed carefully and in partnership with each patient as they relax on the treatment table. Afterwards, we discuss how you can support the treatment plan we craft to get you on the road to optimum health.