Traditional acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles slightly under the skin to stimulate the healing response. We also offer needle-less (laser) acupuncture and sometimes use them together.
Acupuncture is just one aspect of Chinese Medicine. It is different from Western Medicine as we have come to know it, yet it is easily understood. It is a medical theory based on subtle energies found in the human body. We call this energy “Chi”. There are 14 major pathways of this Chi. Chi is the vital force of life. The balanced and unimpeded flow of Chi is critical to sound health. Any misdirection or blockage leads to discomfort pain and loss of vitality.
By the shallow insertion of needles or other techniques, the acupuncturist stimulates specific points along these pathways to bring balance and help regain the healthy flow of Chi. In this way, all systems in the body interact in a more harmonious way thus allowing the body to repair and heal itself as nature intended.
Often we recommend patent herbal formulas based on patterns that emerge during examination. We will determine the usefulness of herbal formulas on a case by case basis. Some of these formulas have been in use for hundreds of years. We will also adjust a traditional formula based on the individual needs of a patient where indicated.
These formulas may come in pill or capsule form. Some are ready-mixed powders and some may be raw herbs intended to be cooked as a soup or a tea. Prescribed properly, these formulas have no side effects of significance and are easy and comfortable to take. They greatly enhance the speed at which the body makes the necessary changes to bring forth the desired result of well being.
I offer easy to follow suggestions for dietary changes which will support a patient’s progress during treatment and beyond. I have been guiding patients nutritionally since 1980, adhering to the principles of naturalness. I always stress ease of accomplishing your nutritional goals, whether they be restoring health or weight loss. I emphasize adding variety and knowledge to one’s ability to plan their “food day”. This enables people to make profound life changes and helps them to eat pleasurably as an expression of both celebration and sustenance. I base these suggestions on the habits of some of the great food cultures of the world that are known for the richness of their food traditions and the health and longevity of their populations.
Traumatology & Tui-na
Traumatology is the art of treating injuries to a specific area. The process combines acupuncture, laser, Tui-na (Chinese Medical Massage), and herbal poultices.
Detoxification involves the lessening of noxious accumulations from the body.
I teach, practice and promote the use of Tai-Chi, Chi-Gong, and meditation as simple and effective was to de-stress, focus and relax.
I teach a highly effective system of breath control designed to reduce stress, increase mental clarity, and alleviate anxiety.
Where indicated, I teach simple and gentle yoga postures designed to enhance specific treatments.
I empower my patients by teaching them the life skill of self-acupuncture which is the process of activating specific points on the body with finger pressure.
Self-hypnosis happens when a person hypnotizes oneself, commonly involving the use of autosuggestion. The technique is often used to increase motivation for a diet, to quit smoking, or to reduce stress. People who practice self-hypnosis sometimes require assistance; some people use devices known as mind machines to assist in the process, whereas others use hypnotic recordings. Self-hypnosis is claimed to help with stage fright, relaxation, and physical well-being.