Chinese Medicine is an effective primary care system with the capacity to address acute and chronic conditions as well as provide preventative care throughout ones life.
During your appointment we will thoroughly discuss your complete medical history, and I will ask you to tell me about your health and life goals. I use several traditional Chinese diagnostic techniques, including the examination of pulse, tongue, and abdomen, to find a clear picture of you, your strengths and struggles. Relying on those observations and the therapeutic collaboration between patient and practitioner, a strategy will emerge and unfold, utilizing one, or typically several, of the following techniques:
Acupuncture; moxabustion; custom herbal prescriptions; cupping & gua sha; shakuju therapy and other non‐insertive needling; pediatric tui na, & herbal therapy; medical qi gong (energy work); diet and movement recommendations.
As you have a chance to heal on any one of these levels you will find the many other levels of your being integrated and held in a new light.
To heal is to step into an increasingly more whole version of yourself, living out your chosen and destined path in life, with heart, grace and a greater capacity to grow, love, and offer your presence to the world.
Acupuncture & Family Medicine
Children respond extremely efficiently to Chinese Medicine. Their digestive and immune systems are rapidly growing and adapting to this world and in that process their meridians develop as well. Because children have the capacity to grow and therefore heal quickly, treatments last 20-40 minutes. Not only will your child’s healing take effect rapidly, but the overall effect will be strengthening.
Many parents and children are concerned about the use of needles. For the most part, I use gentle massage and energy work on the meridians, coupled with pediatric herbal formulas to treat acute and long-term constitutional challenges. In some cases I use non-insertive gold and silver plated needles called teishins, and in other cases, with the child’s permission I may use a thin needle in one point for 5 to 30 seconds. I do not use needles with children under the age of 1.
Families function as an energetic collective. Children heal even more efficiently when their parents are also receiving care. When a member of the family is suffering, it is felt by the whole. And similarly, when a member of the family begins to heal, those changes ripple through the collective.
In the five-element system, we seek to support and find the deeper truth within a person. As my teacher Thea Elijah says, “illness is an X on a treasure map saying dig here.” The signs and symptoms of an imbalance point to where the healing must begin, but they do not define who you are. Within any form of suffering is a potential to transform and bring forth the wholeness and health that are inherent in each person. When your strengths and vitality are supported in an intentional way, not only do symptoms begin to heal, but you step more wholly into your true self.