Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
- Pain reduction
- Stress and tension relief
- Increased energy levels
- Stronger digestion
- Relief from bad habits and addictions
- Greater sense of overall health and well-being
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of relaxing and rejuvenating massage therapy. The word Shiatsu comes from two Japanese words — "shi" (finger) and "atsu" (pressure). In addition to the direct stimulation of pressure points along the energy pathways of your body, gentle rocking, percussions and stretching techniques are often applied over a wider area of the body to integrate the point work and encourage the flow of Chi (energy) throughout the body. Shiatsu is a meditative healing art that honors the body, mind and spirit.
Seifukujitsu massage was used by Samurai warriors and was passed down through martial arts in jujitsu. This flowing, rhythmic, dynamic style of deep tissue massage promotes better circulation, increased range of joint motion and the easing of stress and discomfort. Gliding strokes of forearms and detailed work with palms and fingers follows channels of energy, or "ki" in Japanese, to regulate the natural flow for restoration of health and vitality in this traditional style.
Medical Qi Gong
Medical Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese Medical practice that combines slow movements, conscious breathing, and focused mental attention to strengthen and enhance the flow of Qi (energy) throughout your body. Rather than addressing your symptoms (as Western medicine tends to do), Medical Qi Gong addresses your ailment at its very source by healing your entire being — mentally, emotionally and physically.
Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances — including herbs — to enhance one's health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities.
Since each patient has different needs, I carefully select and combine a variety of herbs that will synergistically blend together to achieve optimal results for your unique situation. I prescribe high-quality, professional-grade herbal medicines that are available only to qualified licensed professionals.
Oriental Dietary Therapy
Oriental Dietary Therapy offers a way of understanding food as medicine. Similar in principle to Chinese herbal medicine, dietary therapy is an excellent way of harmonizing the body from within. Eating improperly may be the origin of pain, illness and poor mental or emotional states. The dietary principles of China and India have many relationships and they are valuable for their nourishing and balancing properties. Oriental dietary therapy is highly recommended for women during childbearing years, pregnancy, postpartum, for infertility, menopause and elder years. Oriental dietary therapy is useful for anyone with internal health conditions or whose goal is optimal health.
Aromatherapy influences health and vitality by introducing botanical oils through their diffusion in the air, by topical application on the skin or in bath water, as common examples.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health. My clinic currently offers a warming mineral lamp therapy in place of burning herbs on site, thereby avoiding the smoke of burning herbs in providing moxibustion benefits.
One of the most common questions that patients ask about Chinese Medicine is: "Why does my practitioner check my pulse?" Pulse diagnosis is actually one of the most complex and important diagnostic techniques we use in Chinese Medicine. Through feeling and evaluating your pulse, I obtain an accurate diagnosis of your overall constitution, Qi (energy) flow, and internal organ health, among other things. I then synthesize all of this information into a highly effective and individualized treatment plan for your specific needs.