Welcome to the clinic!
I draw from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda, bringing you the best of both systems of medicine. Acupuncture can enhance the free flow of energy within the body, helping to circulate it, remove obstructions and increase energy and blood flow. While TCM has its centuries-old view of the human body its examination and treatment are effective for many modern diseases and imbalances. Acupuncture can help improve organ function, energy, immunity, digestion, and vitality. It is also treats chronic and acute pain successfully. I use a very gentle yet effective acupuncture needle technique.
I see the beauty of Ayurvedic medicine in its careful examination of each individual persons constitution. With this base understanding, Ayurveda offers guidance on how to optimize health and well-being. Ayurvedic dietary guidance is not suggesting lentils and rice for everyone! It is discovering ones unique constitution, their strengths and weaknesses, and looking at which foods best support their health and which ones are detriments. Ayurvedic lifestyle suggestions are similar to dietary in that we look at what activities, practices etc…. will promote balance and health and which ones will hinder it for each unique individual.
Both systems utilize herbal medicine to treat acute and chronic imbalances and to improve ones overall state of wellness. Today I use TCM patent medicine, Ayurvedic herbs (individual and custom formulas) and other high-quality, safe natural supplements.
I also use adjunctive therapies, which create a well-rounded therapeutic treatment. Every session with every patient is different. I utilize therapies that are most appropriate and indicated for the patient in front of me. Patient preference is also key! Some want just acupuncture and that is 100% OK, while others dislike needles and only want Ayurvedic diet and herbal guidance. Therapies include:
- Herbal medicine
- Tui na/Shitasu*
- Shoni shin for children*
- Ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle guidance
- Essential oils
- Patient education
* Cupping is a therapy where glass or plastic cups are placed on the skin and a suction action is created. Cupping is used for a variety of conditions from pain & inflammation to immunity and relaxation. It has recently gained wide-spread recognition from celebrities and athletes using cupping.
*Moxibustion or moxa is therapy that consists of burning dried mugwort plant material on various parts of the body. It is used for increasing immunity & energy, warming channels and points, and expelling cold, which can increase the smooth flow of blood and qi. Moxa can sometimes help to turn a breech baby.
*E-stim is also known as electroacupuncture. This therapy utilizes a pulsating electrical current that is applied to acupuncture needles inserted in the body. The patient may feel a slight pulsating sensation. This is used for a variety of situations from pain to paralysis to increasing qi and blood flow.
*Tui na and Shitasu are Asian forms of bodywork where the patient remains fully clothed and points and channels are balanced from various techniques.
*Shoni shin is a pediatric therapy that uses small tools to brush channels on the body and stimulate acupuncture points to bring balance to your child’s body. It is non-invasive and painless. It is used for a variety of conditions from colds and allergies to digestive problems to insomnia.
*Nasya is an Ayurvedic therapy where an herbally infused oil is applied to the nose and gently massaged into the sinuses. It is used for many different conditions from allergies and congestion to depression and fatigue.