For over 5000 years, people in East Asia have relied on Traditional Oriental Medicine as their primary healing system. According to the medical philosophy there is a vital life energy that courses through our body. The ancient Chinese called it “Qi.” Qi can be stimulated by dozens of channels (also called meridians) that connect hundreds of acupuncture points. These points have specific and powerful effects on many organs, muscles, the nervous system, and various other functions of the body, including the mind and spirit.
When the balance of this energy is disturbed due to trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, environmental factors, or excessive emotional factors, pain or illness will result. Acupuncture focuses on correcting these imbalances, which stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
By gentle insertion of ultra-fine, one-time- use, sterilize needles, a skilled
acupuncturist can direct the flow of Qi to strengthen the body’s ability to heal itself. By regulating hormone levels and the nervous system, this brings the body back into balance. Modern research has confirmed that Acupuncture has a strong affect on stimulating endorphins, serotonin, cortisol, ACTH, and other powerful neurotransmitters that our body naturally produces in order to heal disease and maintain a healthy state.
Acupuncture is usually painless and can stimulate profound feelings of relaxation and well-being.
Cupping is a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as
suction devices. The cups are placed on the skin and large muscles. The suction and pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pain, stiff muscles, the common cold, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.
Moxibustion (moxa) is an adjunct therapy used alongside acupuncture to successfully treat conditions ranging from bronchial asthma to arthritis.
Moxa is derived from the leaves of the Chinese herb mugwort (Artemesiae Vulgaris). The leaves are dried, then burned using one of several methods. In my practice I prefer the ‘moxa stick,’ which is the most common form of moxibustion. Dried mugwort is rolled up tightly and wrapped in paper, forming a cigar-like stick. The moxa stick can be held in place, rotated in circles, or ‘pecked’ in a motion similar to a bird pecking at food over the area of an acupuncture point.
Women's Health and Fertility
A variety of women’s health issues have been shown to respond well to Chinese Medicine. Irregular or painful periods, PMS, fibroids, PCOS and endometriosis can all benefit from acupuncture, herbal medicine and chinese dietary therapy. Acupuncture can effectively help balance hormone levels, reduce pain and inflammation by treating the root cause of imbalance.
Acupuncture can enhance both male and female fertility. It has been shown to boost the success rates for in-vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive techniques.
I use herbs and acupuncture to reduce inflammation, increase blood supply to the pelvis and uterus, offset the effects of stress, and balance hormones. This can optimize your ability to conceive whether naturally or using the latest fertility intervantions.
For women going through menopause, the transition can be eased with chinese medicine to reduce hot-flashes, night sweats and other symptoms with natural hormone-free ways to bring the body back into balance.
Skin disorders are a common health concern. The skin mirrors constitutional imbalances in the body. Chronic and stubborn skin issues as well as sudden and acute problems will respond to acupuncture and herbal medicines.
Traditional Chinese Medicine can help: