TCM acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body to stimulate and improve your chi flow and balance the chi of your internal organs. The points used are determined by what is out of balance in your body, mind, and emotions as well as your unique set of symptoms. Treatment is based on correcting underlying causes of health issues rather than mere symptom relief.
The many benefits of acupuncture include:
Scalp acupuncture, also known as Neuroacupuncture, is a treatment based on knowledge of traditional acupuncture and neurology. I have specialized training in a new form of scalp acupuncture being used in hospitals in China for the treatment of neurological disorders, including Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, post stroke symptoms, Alzheimer's Disease, PTSD, ADHD, autism, anxiety disorders, and depression.
In scalp acupuncture, needles are inserted into the loose tissue layer of the scalp to stimulate the brain neurons of the underlying area. Scalp acupuncture works by stimulating brain cells that are related to the impaired functions.
Acutone™ is a complete system of natural healing utilizing tuning forks to stimulate specific acupuncture points and harmonize the meridians (energy pathways) and internal organs. I studied this modality under John Pirog, who developed Acutone™ with Dean Lloyd; they recovered a lost system for healing with tone as old as Chinese civilization itself (based on the ancient Chinese pentatonic scale).
Tuning forks with specific frequencies that match the inherent frequencies of the internal organs are used to correct underlying organ imbalances. The frequencies penetrate to the deepest cellular levels of the body. Acutone™ is a completely safe non-needle modality that I use with young children and adults who have an aversion to needles, and in conjunction with needles in both children and adults. Acutone™ is synergistically in tune with the body in a way that other non-needle modalities, such as micro-current or laser, are not.
Acupressure is based on one of the most ancient principles of healing — that simply touching a specific acupoint on the body will release stress and improve health. In an acupressure session, I apply firm pressure directly to these "points" on your body, which relieves your muscle tension and improves your circulation. This simple and powerful technique has been shown to very effective in treating headaches, backaches, and even insomnia.
After an acupuncture session, I often apply acupressure to a variety of specific points and like to teach patients how to apply self-acupressure on several points between treatments. Acupressure works best if applied every day, or at least three days per week.
Tuina is an ancient form of bodywork that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I use a variety of pressures and strokes along the meridians (energy pathways) of your body to both relax your muscles and also stimulate the flow of energy throughout your body. By treating both the physical (musculature) and energetic (chi) levels of your body at the same time, tuina achieves results far beyond what you’d receive from a conventional massage therapy session.
Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years and is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.
First, oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. I then use a smooth round-edged object (such as a ceramic Chinese soup spoon) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. There may be purple or red patches of skin (called "Sha") due to the release of lactic acid, old blood, and toxins from the muscles. Gua Sha restores the healthy flow of chi (energy) to the area and helps your muscles to relax. There is no pain involved and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days, but the sense of health, vitality, and pain relief you experience from it will last much longer.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your chi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
One of the most common questions that patients ask about Chinese Medicine is: "Why does my practitioner check my pulse?" Chinese pulse diagnosis involves feeling and evaluating 12 different pulses and is actually one of the most complex and important diagnostic techniques we use in Chinese Medicine. This extensive pulse reading allows for an accurate diagnosis of your overall constitution, chi (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.
Practitioners of Chinese Medicine use tongue diagnosis to assess the inner landscape of the body. Tongue diagnosis involves looking at the color, coating, size and shape of the tongue. Also noted are cracks in the tongue and levels of dryness or wetness.
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's focus on symptom relief, 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 a formula consisting of 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. For adults, I prescribe formulas in tablet form. Children's formulas are available in liquid form. Formulas are available to support the immune system, for colds, sinus infections, earaches, and for the full range of internal imbalances underlying any kind of health issue.
Chinese nutrition is a complete system of healing in which foods are utilized to re-establish balance in the body. As a practitioner of Oriental Medicine, I can recommend specific foods and spices that will help balance different organ systems in your body along with the blood and chi. Chinese nutrition focuses on the energetic properties of foods (warming vs cooling, invigorating vs calming, which organs are influenced and so on).
Since the body, mind, and emotions are interconnected, a high level of wellness can only be achieved using a holistic approach. I integrate the Eastern practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine with my Western training in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine to provide individually tailored stress management plans. I highly recommend combining acupuncture treatments with any stress management program for optimal results because needling certain acupuncture points helps to release negative emotions and brings your emotional and mental states into balance, making it easier for you to make lifestyle changes that will allow you to better manage your stress. Acupuncture also induces a deep state of relaxation that helps train your mind and body to stay in a more relaxed state between treatments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a safe, effective adjunct or alternative to Western Medicine treatment, which usually offers little beyond symptom management. Chinese Medicine addresses and treats underlying causes of disease symptoms so that patients can experience lasting results rather than mere symptom relief. In addition to treating asthma, allergies, ADHD, ADD, and autism, TCM is an excellent treatment approach for sleep problems, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, acid reflux, nausea, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, bedwetting, as well as muscular and joint pain.
TCM helps children the same way it helps teens and adults - by bringing the body, mind, and emotions back into balance; once back in balance, symptoms will fall away and be replaced by health and well-being.
Depending on the age of the child and their health conditions, I can use any of the modalities mentioned above to treat children. I generally work with children aged 7 and up, although sometimes I will work with a younger child depending on the unique situation. In my experience, children actually love acupuncture and think it is cool! I use special pediatric needles that are even thinner than those used for adults. If a child prefers not to have acupuncture for any reason, I can use Acutone,™acupressure, and tuina instead. Chinese herbal formulas in liquid form are a potent addition to other modalities for faster results.
I use Acutone™ as a non-needle modality as opposed to electrical stimulation or laser therapy. One of the main reasons I prefer using Acutone™ as a non-needle modality is that it is a completely safe and natural approach that works in tune with the body. Using very high quality tuning forks, I place vibrating tuning forks on acupuncture points and the frequency of the forks used match the normal frequency of the imbalanced organ system I am working to bring back into balance. The ancient art of healing with tone, or frequencies, dates back to the beginning of Chinese civilization; another reason why I use Acutone™ is that it remains true to the principles of TCM.