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. Our natural therapies aid in reestablishing a healthy physiological baseline and awaken your body's innate healing potential.
We use safe therapeutic interventions (acupuncture, herbs, soft tissue manipulation 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. 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 psychological issues. The research on acupunctures benefit for these and other problems is extremely 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 uses many tools in the treatment of disease. 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 the understanding that there is an important relationship between the mind, the body and spirit that is relevant to the healing process. Due to its noninvasive nature and efficacy, acupuncture has been a focal point of western scientific research.
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. It benefits more than pain conditions however.
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. Positive effects are felt immediately with this aspect of East Asian / Oriental medicine. It functions well as an assessment tool for the practitioner, in preparing the patient for acupuncture therapy, and, or sustaining the impact of acupuncture and the close of a treatment.
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 2-20 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.
Breath, movement, qigong and yoga based approaches sustain and optimize the effects of acupuncture and are taught within the context of treatment sessions. Instructional sessions may also be utilized.