East Asian Medicine
With my dual training in Western Medicine and East Asian Medicine, I have my feet planted firmly in two powerful traditions. Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine provide avenues for treating a number of acute and chronic conditions.
Below are brief descriptions of the East Asian Medicine services I provide.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture originated in China over 3000 years ago and has spread to all parts of the world. Critical to this medicine is an understanding of the Meridians that carry Qi (often translated as vital energy) throughout the body. More information about Qi
Electro-acupuncture: Acupuncture needles are connected to an electrical device to stimulate the acupuncture points with gentle electrical current to enhance Qi circulation.
Auriculotherapy: The ear is a microsystem that represents entire body, with over 200 points reflecting the anatomical parts and functions of the body. These acupoints can be stimulated with acupuncture needles or tiny seeds. The tiny seeds are painless when placed, and are left on the ear for up to 1 week.
Cupping: This ancient technique uses special glass, plastic or silicone cups to form suction on the skin. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup. The cup can be left in place or moved along the body (called running cupping). Cupping brings fresh blood into the treated area and helps improve circulation.
Gua Sha: Gua Sha involves scraping skin with a rounded edged tool to raise stagnation to the surface. This treatment can provide relief from pain and stiffness in muscles, treat fever, chills and cough associated with acute upper respiratory infections, and help with digestive problems.
Moxibustion: Acupuncture points can be heated with an herbal mixture called Moxa. Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body and promotes the smooth flow of blood and Qi.
Tuina: Tuina is a form of traditional Chinese massage and acupressure. It promotes and stimulates blood and Qi flow. Although I do not primarily perform massage, at times massage is useful as an adjunctive treatment.
Herbal medicine and supplements: Chinese herbal medications can complement acupuncture treatment for maximal effects.