Integrative Acupuncture Care
Integrative Acupuncture Care moves beyond a single-stranded approach and weaves the threads of multiple healing systems to serve the health needs of my patients. In my practice this includes…
- Acupuncture & Traditional Oriental Medicine
- Functional Endocrinology & Blood Chemistry
- Therapeutic Bodywork & Massage
- Holistic Counseling (scroll down)
- Working with other medical providers on behalf of my patients.
Acupuncture & Traditional Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture is a time-proven therapy from China that uses the insertion of small, sterile and single use needles. The treatments consist of inserting a few to several needles into specific “acu-points” along the superficial tissues of the body. The acu-points stimulate a healing response into the local tissue and a reflexive healing response in the complex and interrelated systems of the human body. In basic discussions it can be understood as an enhancement in circulation of both Blood and Qi, Qi having received much more notoriety. The Blood and Qi circulate in Vessels, or Channels which benefits the patient.
Acupuncture therapy is one branch of an old, wise tree known as Traditional Oriental Medicine. The seed of this tree was established by observation of the Way (Tao) of Nature through its manifestations of Yin and Yang as they appeared in the Heavens, in the coursing of the Earth and of the Human realm. In addition to acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine (we only use GMP certified and safe products), Qigong, Cupping, Tui-Na, Moxabustion and Diet all are a part of this ancient system.
A course of treatment can include any combination of the said therapies, though my primary therapy is acupuncture. The duration of a course varies, depending on the depth, severity and duration of a given condition. Typically 3 to 6 visits are recommended to treat acute conditions. For management and maintenance of chronic conditions, acupuncture therapy may be part of an ongoing health plan. Wellness and prevention acupuncture therapy may take place monthly, seasonally, or as needed.
Functional Endocrinology & Blood Chemistry
Functional Endocrinology attends to the health of the endocrine and metabolic systems, both of which are essential regulatory functions in human physiology. Alterations to these systems are complex and deeply intertwined. An imbalance in the adrenals, thyroid, detoxification systems, blood-sugar regulation, gastro-intestinal system, and sex hormones can adversely affect other functions. Comprehensively balancing and restoring metabolic and endocrine function with acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional support are parts of the Integrative Acupuncture Care I offer.
Functional Blood Chemistry is the practice of looking beyond 20-20 vision into an immense, complex and fascinating microcosm of the body. Traditional Oriental Medicine can qualify this microcosm, while Functional Blood Chemistry can quantify it. By using routine blood chemistry reports with an eye for early disruption patterns in the balance of metabolic and endocrine functions, nutritional and herbal interventions can be made to support the body before more serious conditions take root.
- Early detection of physiologic imbalance prior to reaching a disease state.
- Documenting change, marking progress and mid-stream course corrections if results are not being demonstrated.
- Advancing diagnosis and accurately treating underlying issues.
- Time and expense effective health-care
- Objective evidence in health status.
Therapeutic Bodywork & Massage
Therapeutic Bodywork & Massage were my first trainings in the healing-arts. The craft of addressing wellness with the art and science of touch has had a profound influence on my perspective and approach to healing. Therapeutic Bodywork addresses soft tissue conditions, stress patterns, relieves pain, shifts distressed emotional states, improves range of motion and flexibility, as well as calming the nervous system and enlivening the vital energy of the body.
My therapeutic training in bodywork and professional experiences have been extensive. I will either integrate the different bodywork modalities into an intuitive, healing session, or I take parts of systems and apply them with Acupuncture treatments for specific orthopedic issues, stress management and other situations as needed.
- Orthopedic Bodywork
- Structural Integration
- Deep Tissue
- Esalen Massage
- Jin Shin
- Thai Massage
- Tui Na
- Sensory Re-patterning
Everyone on this road of life has a health-story. It seems we are always dancing between feeling well and some kind of sickness or suffering. When we find ourselves meeting the issues of health and healing, we are often on uncertain ground. Uncertain ground can be the result or the cause of health issues. When healing is sought, being met with compassion and having the opportunity to tell the story of our health journey is essential. In my practice, I always have an ear for not just the objective aspects of health, but for the deep subjective journey of living and living through the challenges that life gives us. To that end, authentic listening, honoring and mindful support is a key part of my practice and is a standard part of the treatment and service time.