Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that has become accepted in Western circles as an effective alternative medical procedure. It has been used for thousands of years to treat myriad ailments.
Acupuncture operates on the premise that a vital energy (called Qi) circulates through the body along defined pathways or meridians. Our health and wellness, mental outlook and even our skin texture is linked to the flow of this energy.
Using ultra thin needles, the acupuncturist stimulates certain points along these pathways to clear any blockages, restore balance and allow Qi to flow where it is deficient and away from areas where it is excessive. This improves endocrine levels and circulation, can help ease inflammation and pain, and enhance energy.
What can acupuncture help? Here is a partial list of condtions that are often effectively treated by acupuncture:
Headaches, flu and common cold, sinusitis, allergy, asthma, coughing, stroke, hypertension, elevated heart rate, coronary artery disease, stomachache, diarroea, constipation, hemorrhoids, hernia, cystitis, dizziness, insomnia, facial palsy, sciatic nerve pain, neck pain, lower back pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shingles, fibromyalgia, arthritis, menstrual irregularity and cramps, menopause symptoms, hormone imbalance, nausea and vomiting, tinitus, depression, stress management, fatigue, weight control, eczema, hives, facial rejuvenation, and addiction.
Meditation can improve the response to acupuncture. The key to meditation is to concentrate on our breath. This allows us to be more aware of the present moment. Our mind is more connected to our body, and our energy becomes harmonious. Our own energy becomes the best medicine.
Chinese herbal therapy is as ancient a practice as acupuncture. Thousands of substances (plants, minerals etc.) are available to herbalists.
Each herb has its own taste and nature. It produces specific effects on different parts of the body. These individual herbs are then combined into formulas. The combined herbs produce results that individual herbs will not.
Herbal therapy is based on the same theory as acupuncture. Its purpose is to harmonize our body functions and correct imbalances.
Since pollution is a problem in many areas, some herbs may be contaminated with toxins. I monitor FDA reports and am very careful in choosing herbs.
Herbal therapy is supplemented by dietary recommendations.