Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine, a safe, holistic and complete medical system. It is one of the oldest healing practices, backed by 3000-5000 years of practice and documented research. By the simplest of definitions, acupuncture is the physical act of inserting a needle into a specific location on the body (know as an acupoint) to induce a physiological and energetic response within the body. The ultimate goal of Acupuncture is to assist the body in restoring an overall balance of mind, body and spirit.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a powerful therapy in your overall treatment regimen. I like to describe herbal medicine as our “internal medicine” component. In China, herbal remedies have been prescribed for thousands of years and are regularly prescribed in hospitals alongside pharmaceutical drugs today. Herbs are used to treat disease and enhance our overall health and wellbeing by ingestion of specific natural plant, mineral and sometimes animal components. Your herbal prescription will enhance your health by restoring functionality and vitality to the body’s many systems. The herbal remedies are all natural, cost effective and free of side effects.
Chinese diet therapy began with the first development of farming techniques. Farmers analyzed food that was grown for its’ medicinal properties as much as for its’ tastiness. They began to understand that food could be used to protect from and fight against disease. I believe this still holds true in today’s modern world, more than ever. Food and dietary habits are our first line of defense in maintaining physical, emotional and psychological health. As part of our work together, we will analyze your diet according to Chinese medical theory and prescribe specific foods and habits that will enhance your overall treatment regimen, and ultimately, your results.
Meditation is the art and practice of mindful concentration and relaxation. The word ‘practice’ is the operative word here, as meditation is on ongoing journey of growth of the body, mind and soul, and less about mastering or controlling your thoughts. Unless the practitioner chooses to root their meditation in religious beliefs, it has no affiliated religion, and you should not worry about it conflicting with your personal religious beliefs. When meditating, the practitioner needs to have receptivity to all that is occurring within the body, and become an observer of the experience as it is happening. Letting go of the internal struggle to control while observing your thoughts without judgement will be your guide to inner clarity, awareness and self-discovery.
The purpose of meditation is primarily directed toward self inquiry. Deep states of relaxed focus can be used to cultivate peacefulness of the mind, heightened states of creativity, discovery of one’s true being and ultimate understanding of self, discovery of personal blocks or stagnations, overall spiritual growth, expansion of love and consciousness and raising one’s vibrational frequency. It has many useful physiological applications as well, and is often prescribed for insomnia, overactive mind, poor concentration and memory, stress, anxiety, depression, anger, fear, feeling ‘stuck’ or confused in life, high blood pressure, pain, tension and overall balance and sense of wellbeing.
Dr. Nambudripad’s discovery, NAET®, is an innovative and completely natural method for regaining better health with often permanent freedom from allergies and the diseases arising from those allergens. We now know that most illnesses (i.e.headaches, back aches, joint pains, addiction, PMS, indigestion, cough, body aches, etc.) are caused by undiagnosed allergies. When left untreated, allergies can become serious life threatening illnesses.
When the body interprets a ‘threat’ from a particular substance, a response is sent to the brain via the nervous system that this is a danger to the body. From that moment on, you will have an allergy to that substance. So, with NAET, we introduce that ‘threat’ back into the body’s electromagnetic field and then ‘reprogram’ the brain to receive the message that this particular substance is no longer threatening to the body’s wellbeing.
Our brain is in charge of commanding every physical and emotional response, including an allergic response to a perceived threat. If we can reprogram that response, the brain will not longer command an allergic defense!
Reprogramming the brain is really a very simple and relaxing treatment procedure that takes no more than 30 minutes. After putting the allergen in your hand and allowing your electromagnetic fields to interact, we tap on your spinal nerves, which deliver a message to the brain that says ‘hey, this substance is ok’. From that moment on, and after avoiding the allergen for 25 hours, your brain will remember that the substance is no longer an allergen.
Cupping feels like a wonderful massage. The therapy is used to relieve stagnation (generally presenting as pain) within your body. It is applied in cases of back, neck, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal pain. It’s even great for menstrual cramping!
It’s also applicable in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis, and is proven effective for digestive disorders like Chron’s disease, inflammation of the colon, IBS and indigestion. Cupping is great for stimulating the immune system and relieving fatigue.
The therapy works by promoting blood circulation within the targeted tissues. It has been found to be effective up to four inches within the body tissue, causing release of toxins and lactic acid, activation of the lymph system, clearing of the colon, and even activating circulation within varicose veins, arteries and capillaries. It also promotes skin health and can clear stretch marks.
Gua sha is a manual scraping treatment applied to the muscles and tendons using a small spoon shaped tool. The purpose is to promote blood circulation and remove stagnation, thus restoring normal flow and function to the area being treated, and reducing any inflammation that may be present. It is especially useful for stiff neck and shoulders, palms and feet, and tight, tender backs. As with cupping, it is also useful in treating colds and flus as well.
Electronic Stimulation (Estim)
Electro-acupuncture is a procedure in which low levels of electrical current emitted form an electronic stimulation device are run through acupuncture needles while they are retained in the patient. Electro-acupuncture is especially effective for painful conditions, especially those rooted in nerve related pain, such as sciatica or neuropathies.
When receiving estim, the patient may feel a sense of vibration, or tingling in the local insertion area or along the nerve channels being treated. It is a pain-free and very effective technique that is used extensively in our practice with great results.