What is acupuncture
Acupuncture is based on the idea that subtle life force energy we call "qi" flows through our bodies in a system of interconnected channels, or meridians. Along the meridians are many acupuncture points, which affect both the flow of qi and the various bodily functions associated with that meridian. Treating the flow and function of the qi creates results that are both instantaneous and cumulative over time.
what to expect
Because acupuncture involves needles, many first-time patients worry that it will hurt. Actually, most people report feeling relaxed during and after treatment, and some people will feel immediate improvement in their condition. Increased improvements occur over time as treatment resolves the underlying patterns of disharmony. Initially I recommend four to six weekly treatments to establish momentum in shifting your imbalances.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
What is chinese herbal medicine
Herbal medicine nourishes and regulates the substantive yin and yang aspects of our body. Yin aspects, such as blood and body fluids, are often a factor in fertility and menopausal issues. The yang aspects of our body are responsible for catalyzing the transformation and transportation of body fluids. Yang deficiency may result in a pathological accumulation of fluids, such as bloating, phlegm, fibroids, or dryness. Herbs correct fluid distribution, empower the yang, and nourish the yin.
what to expect
Chinese herbs are prescribed in formulas of multiple herbs that are balanced in function and temperature. Based on your unique needs, I will create a customized formula of herbs to enhance and support your treatment between office visits. I have an in-house herbal pharmacy of time-tested herbal formulas, many of which have been used for hundreds of years. My herbs come from trusted suppliers who test for safety and purity and comply with Good Manufacturing Process (GMP).
Cupping, Moxa, and Gua Sha
What is Cupping, Moxa, and gua sha
In addition to herbs and acupuncture, I may use other adjunctive therapies in the scope of Chinese medicine. Cupping uses gentle suction to lift and release tight tissues and stagnant blood, allowing for increased circulation of fresh blood and qi. Moxabustion is the use of the herb mugwort on acupoints to warm and nourish the qi and promote proper fluid physiology. To perform gua sha, I use a flat jade or bamboo tool to stimulate meridians and circulate the qi and blood.
what to expecT
Cupping, moxa, and gua sha have been used for hundreds of years by many cultures around the globe. These techniques are increasingly becoming mainstream and are often used by professional athletes to aid in recovery and healing from injuries. As with acupuncture and herbs, I will always explain the process before starting, and we will use these modalities in accordance with your comfort level.
What is health coaching
What makes my practice meaningful is tat I take the time to listen to you and to bare witness, not only to your suffering, but to the vision of you that is whole, joyful, and at peace. I may encourage you to experiment with changes to your diet, your sleep habits, or how you think and speak about your life. There is no one routine that is perfect for everyone, but together we can figure out what best serves you in creating a sustainable lifestyle that promotes healing and thriving.
what to expect
During your first visit, we will talk in-depth about your health, both physically and emotionally. I encourage my patients to speak freely and remain curious as we work to find the root causes of your challenges. Together, we will begin the process of crafting a lifestyle that will remove obstacles to your wellness, engender healing, and allow you to realize your greatest potential in your health and in your life.