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, improper diet, medications, 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, cupping and acupressure are also included in my offered services. Patients can schedule appointments for any 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.
Acupressure involves massaging acupuncture points to promote qi flow.
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.
Healing with Whole Foods
In Chinese Medicine, a balanced diet is an essential component of good health. In fact, food is the first medicine used to treat illness and recover health.
Since I view food as medicine, I educate my patients to eat nutrient-dense, organic, seasonal and local foods for optimizing health. I work with my patients by offering specific 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.
Healthy Lifestyle Suggestions
In addition to the above mentioned tools, I often make suggestions to encourage patients towards healthier ways of living including exercise and movement as well as meditation and deep breathing. These suggestions are based on each individual’s needs and goals. As your partner in health, I will support you to integrate healthy behaviors that support your own vision of a good life.