Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a medical system based on thousands of years of knowledge of the human body. It is accepted around the world as a safe, effective and holistic modality. At the core of Chinese Medicine is the idea of balance; being balanced in body, mind and spirit ensures a whole, vibrant life.
Chinese Medicine utilizes the terminology of Qi (pronounced “chee”) to describe the energy that flows throughout the body. Qi circulates through specific pathways in the body to nourish and protect every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle. When qi flows freely, our bodies are in balance and we are physically, emotionally and mentally well. We trust that the body innately heals itself. However, when qi flow is disrupted and imbalance is prolonged due to stress, trauma, injury or other factors, pain and illness result. Chinese medicine treatments support the body to return to a balanced state- where qi is balanced and flowing freely and healing can take place.
Commonly Treated Conditions
To learn about the conditions that Chinese Medicine can help with, take a look at a list of Commonly Treated Conditions.
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile needles at specific points in the body in order to promote healing, increase circulation, and restore the body to balance. There are hundreds of acupuncture points all over the body. I choose points that will most effectively treat your condition. In my practice I utilize sterilized, disposable needles that are used only once.
Moxibustion and cupping are also included in my offered services. Patients can also schedule appointments for either of these treatments separately.
Moxibustion is a treatment that uses an herb called mugwort (artmesia vulgaris- a species of chrysanthemum). The herb is burned above the skin to warm acupuncture points, strengthen qi and promote healing. Patients enjoy the sensation of warmth and find it very relaxing. Read more about moxibustion: Chinese Medicine Moxibustion Therapy.
Cupping is a treatment that uses glass or plastic cups on the skin with a suction to create a vacuum. Cupping stimulates qi and blood flow to promote healing and release muscle tension. It is often used for treating back pain, shoulder pain and can also be used to relieve colds and reduce fevers. Read more about cupping: Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is a major component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used for over 3,000 years in China and around the world. Throughout history, herbal remedies were used to heal and balance the body. Unlike most pharmaceuticals and even herbal remedies found in health food stores, Chinese herbal prescriptions from a licensed practitioner are customized for the patient according to their individual needs and diagnosis. Herbal medicine may be suggested for a patient in conjunction with acupuncture treatments or patients can work solely with herbal medicine.
The quality of herbs is very important to me, so I have done thorough research to find the highest quality herbs available. I choose organic, pesticide-free herbs whenever available. All of the herbs I prescribe have been tested to be free of heavy metals and contaminants.
Food is Medicine
In Chinese Medicine food is considered the first medicine used to treat illness and recover health. I work with my patients by offering food suggestions according to their Chinese medicine constitution and diagnosis in order to to restore health and balance. Read more about my approach of Food is Medicine.
Mind-Body Medicine and Self-Care
In my practice, I encourage patients to practice healthy self-care which may include restorative exercise, joyful movement, mindfulness, meditation and rest. These suggestions are individualized based on the patient’s needs. As your partner in health, I will share resources and referrals to help you on your path.