• About Acupuncture

    Acupuncture is a modality within the umbrella of East-Asian medicine, a system of treatment with 4000 years of empirical evidence. Originally documented around 200 BCE in the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine (Huang Di Nei Jing), acupuncture refers to the stimulation of strategic points along meridians in the body that pass through various organs, glands, vessels, and tissues. These meridians closely follow lines of fascia that encase and separate organ systems, whose collagen-rich consistency serve as a conductor of electricity within the fascial lines. When points are stimulated, an electrical signal is sent through the meridian to the areas of the body it passes through, allowing the blood, fluids, and energy (known as qi) to gather and correct themselves.

     

    Think of an acupuncture point as a tiny light switch in a grand theater hall- when you flip the switch by the door you turn on a light on the stage. Although you can't see the wires, they exist underneath the surface.

     

    Western medicine has found acupuncture useful in treating various conditions and has started integrating it into the modern hospital setting. The World Health Organization has listed 44 conditions for which they have found moderate to strong evidence in the use of acupuncture, including low-back pain, asthma, and hypertension.

     

    Acupuncture is just one of many highly effective modalities in the East-Asian Medicine toolbox. Below is a summarized list of what else you may find in any East-Asian medicine treatment:

    Raw Herbal Formula on white plate on top of paisley tablecloth

    Herbal Medicine

    the combining of natural plant and/or animal matter to create a custom formulation for a patient's presenting pattern. For example, unlike Western pharmaceuticals that are designed to be "one size fits all" for a headache, East-Asian herbal medicine emphasizes custom design of formulas to treat the specific pattern that is causing the headache.

    five large cones of mugwort moxibustion ignited on top of a back

    Moxibustion (Moxa)

    the act of burning dried mugwort over points to stimulate them. Moxibustion is used for many conditions, and is famously known for helping turn a breech baby before 35 weeks when applied to the point on the outside tip of the pinky toe (Bladder 67 Zhi Yin).

    10 pump-cups on patient's back for cupping therapy

    Cupping

    made famous in the US by Michael Phelps' "octopus marks" in the 2012 Olympics, cupping is the use of glass or plastic cups to suction areas of skin and muscle to relieve tension and encourage circulation of blood and lymph. It is used often to relieve sharp, stagnant pain in any area of the body and to encourage relaxation of muscles and subsequently the mind.

    black gua sha tool scraping on patient's back with red streak markings from the therapy.

    Gua Sha

    literally translated as "scraping evil", it involves scraping areas of skin to release toxins and muscle tension. Gua sha is used commonly to relieve neck tension and to kick a cold to the curb when it's first coming on.

  • What Acupuncture Treats

    Chinese & East-Asian medicine (CEAM) is a system of healthcare that has been proven to treat many ailments, from the common cold to chronic pain to psycho-emotional disorders. As practitioners we are rigorously trained to identify patterns of disharmony rather than rely solely on Western diagnosis - meaning no two treatments are alike even if the diagnosis is the same. We treat the patient in front of us, as they are today, paying close attention to the physiological signs your body is giving about what it needs to get back to balanced health. Because of CEAM's pattern-based approach to diagnosis and treatment, it is a strong complement to Western medicine interventions as CEAM supports the body's ability to assimilate pharmaceuticals and recover from medical procedures.

     

    As a Chinese & East-Asian Medicine practitioner, I help you identify and treat the patterns that are contributing to your current health condition. Through my practice I provide internal medicine healthcare as well as specialized care for autoimmune-related dermatology, gastroenterology, and rheumatology. These are characterized by chronic, inflammatory flare-ups with periods of remissions. Since autoimmune conditions take years to manifest in the body, I help identify and treat the patterns that are tell-tale signs of the development of an autoimmune condition or an impending flare-up of a pre-existing one.

     

    Below are conditions that are commonly treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine. In the subsequent sections you can find more information on my practice's areas of focus.

    Dermatology

    eczema, psoriasis, acne, urticaria (hives), rosacea, contact dermatitis (poison ivy and oak), herpes zoster (shingles)

    Digestive Conditions

    irritable bowel syndrome, GERD/reflux, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel disease (Crohn's & ulcerative colitis)

    Pain Syndromes

    musculoskeletal pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, migraines, headaches, fibromyalgia, hernia, plantar fasciitis

    Sleep Conditions

    insomnia, hypersomnia, chronic fatigue, dream-disturbed sleep, apnea, snoring, night sweats

    Endocrine Conditions

    diabetes, hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, hyperthyroidism, Graves' disease, Addison's disease, Cushing syndrome, PCOS

    Circulatory Conditions

    hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), atherosclerosis & coronary artery disease, arteriosclerosis, Raynaud's syndrome

    Neurological Conditions

    facial paralysis, Bell's Palsy, post-stroke rehabilitation, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, tremors

    Gynecological Conditions

    amenorrhea, irregular menstruation, infertility, miscarriage, leukorrhea, PMS, dysmenorrhea (painful periods)

    Respiratory Conditions

    asthma, allergies, common cold, flu, sinusitis

    Psycho-Emotional Conditions

    anxiety, depression, stress-related dysregulation

    Cancer Supportive Care

    chemotherapy/radiation-induced nausea/vomiting, fatigue, neuropathy

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