Natural and effective approaches to true health...
Our approach to care is patient centered, rooted in principles of natural medicine and informed by the most recent developments in biomedical science. We use safe therapeutic interventions (acupuncture, herbs, soft tissue manipultation etc), food & nutrition and embodiment practices (such as yoga, meditation) to promote optimal living and access to a healing process that is effective, empowering, and without side effects. Our natural therapies aid in reestablishing a healthy physiological baseline and awaken your body's innate healing potential. Dietary consultation fine tunes your nourishment and is the foundation of longevity and disease free living. Embodiment practices (ranging from meditation to calisthenic exercise) are tools that when incorporated into your lifestyle design inform vitality, wellbeing and personal growth.
Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has an established clinical history of over 2500 years and is one of the oldest medical systems (along with Ayurveda) practiced worldwide. Acupuncture may perhaps be the most recognized aspect of Chinese medicine int the west due to its efficacy in treatment of pain, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and insomnia. The research on these and other topics is quite positive. The popularity of East Asian Medicine continues to grow on an international scale, is practiced worldwide and is known to be clinically useful in the treatment of a range of medical conditions. A complete system of medicine, TCM works compatibly with western biomedicine proving to enhance care objectives of western medicine in individual case studies and double blinded control trials.
TCM uses an array of therapeutic interventions in patient care. These are primarily: acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, 'tui na' medical massage, botanical medicine, meditation and movement, general and prescriptive health exercises and diet optimization though additional techniques are sometimes used.
Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua Sha
Acupuncture & TCM is a comprehensive medical system based on a theory that embraces the relationships between mind, body and spirit. Due to its noninvasive nature and efficacy, acupuncture has been a focal point of western scientific research.
It is thought that acupuncture modulates and streamlines how your body utilizes its own finite resources and how you through your body respond to stimulus from your environment and other people. This can also be explained in the effect on blood circulation and hormone regulation effects of acupuncture which have an analgesic (pain reducing) effect, clear stress chemicals (namely cortisol) from the bloodstream along with many other positive effects. In light of the current opioid crisis thoughtout the US, acupuncture is sought as a non-drug pain relief option however, it benefits more than pain conditions.
Other aspects of East Asian Medicine such as moxibustion (a type of heat therapy), cupping (vacuum therapy), Gua Sha (a therapeutic technique that utilizes frictional scraping) and Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) are utilized along with acupuncture or in place of it when appropriate.
Acupuncture & TCM treats a broad scope of health conditions:
- Pain (low back pain, knee pain, neck pain, headache, neuropathy and more)
- Men's health concerns (urinary difficulty, prostate health, performance & stamina)
- Cardiovascular (high blood pressure, hypertension, etc.)
- Common musculoskeletal disorders (carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome)
- Digestive problems (acid reflux, IBS, etc.)
- Psycho-emotional (depression, anxiety, trauma recovery)
- Smoking cessation / addiction support & detox
- Respiratory (seasonal allergies, asthma)
- Skin problems (acne, rashes)
- Fertility / reproductive issues / women's health & menstrual cycle regulation
- Immune system support
- Stress relief
Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage)
Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) is incorporated in some way into almost every appointment. The time required to have a positive result is little with this aspect of East Asian / Oriental medicine. It also functions well as an assessment tool for the practitioner, in preparing the patient for acupuncture therapeutics, and / or supporting the effect of acupuncture and the close of a treatment session.
Eastern Dietary Therapy
Eastern nutritional / dietary therapy counseling focuses on the patterns of your everyday life regarding diet and your relationship to food. We seek to validate what is already working in your diet and build on it, while discovering foods and food habits that are undermining your condition and the achievement of your health and wellness goals.
This work involves a full health intake, constitutional assessment, dietary analysis, food journal review, and the design of a practical and easy to follow dietary strategy.
Depending on the needs of the patient, eastern dietary consults may be scheduled separately or as a combined session in conjunction with other treatment (acupuncture, yoga instruction, or bodywork) at your practitioner's recommendation.
Chinese herbal or botanical medicine is used throughout the world in the treatment of a wide range of health problems. Chinese herbal medicine uses strategic combinations of plant and mineral-based substances known to have medicinal properties to support health. Many Chinese medicinals are known to western herbalists and health practitioners. Chinese medicine is unique in that herbs / botanicals / minerals are combined (anywhere from 2-30 medicinal substances in a formula) to have a therapeutic effect for each individual’s condition.
Often, in the absence of frequent acupuncture, herbal medicinals fulfill a supportive function until the next round of acupuncture. Herb internal medicine often comprises the main strategy in a course of Chinese medicine treatment.
Botanical medicine consults may be offered separately or in conjunction with acupuncture, dietary therapy, yoga / movement instruction or massage therapy at the discretion of your practitioner.
Qigong (integrated meditative movement & breath) is a great tool for rehabilitation from injury, managing pain, developing the mind body relationship, practicing self awareness, and in unblocking what stands in front of you realizing your range of goals and pursuits. Often, breath, movement, qigong and / or yoga based approaches to resolving a health challenge and sustain/optimize the effects of a treatment protocol are taught within the context of an acupuncture session or herb consult to support the benefits of treatment. Instructions sessions may also be scheduled individually or as a series.
Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Massage therapy is one of the oldest forms of medicine. Many conditions benefit from the noninvasive nature of massage therapy. Bodywork (along with posture / movement reeducation and acupuncture) can help patients end their pain and avoid costly, painful and unnecessary surgical interventions. General massage alone can be immensely useful as a basis of self care and wellness. More frequent visits are recommended when addressing chronic pain conditions (such as low back or neck pain), or in the rehab process after injury. A medical approach to massage takes into consideration a greater latitude of patient care concerns and is often utilized in conjunction with acupuncture and other aspects of East Asian Medicine.
Medical massage therapy strategies may include modalities such as: Tui na (Chinese medical massage), neuro-muscular therapy / fascial integration, structural integration techniques, deep tissue, sports massage, myo-fascial release, breath work. Yoga / yoga therapy is often incorporated into bodywork sessions where indicated.
Bodywork & medical massage therapy has an established reputation for helping patients alleviate pain conditions rooted in postural and bio-mechanical dysfunction (such as low back pain, knee pain and other), facilitate recovery from musculo-skeletal and orthopedic injury, reduce stress, and promote circulatory function.
Influences: sports massage, Rolfing and structural integration concepts, myo-fascial therapy, neuro-muscular therapy, Swedish massage, Shiatsu, Tui Na massage.
Restorative Movement, Meditation, Breath
Yoga and yoga therapy are incredibly useful to those seeking to resolve pain and health problems. Individuals who practice some form of intentional self care / exercise in their routine tend to encounter illness less frequently, and experience more enjoyment out of life. Many suffering from acute injury or chronic pain find that yoga is helpful in the recovery process.
Yoga, integrative somatic movement, breath and meditation practices are a lifestyle. Engaging in these practices brings greater awareness, informs problem solving, understanding of life purpose and deepens fulfillment. They also support and sustain the therapeutic aims and effects of acupuncture & Oriental medicine and bodywork approaches. Yoga therapy can constructively enable one to manage age related health concerns, overcome anxiety and depression, recover from illness or injury as well as navigate men’s health issues with prescriptive qigong and yogic exercise. Influences: Iyengar yoga, Kripalu yoga. restorative yoga, meditation, pranayama.
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