I have many tools in my toolbox to support you in achieving your health and wellness goals.
In an appointment, we work together to develop a treatment plan based on your unique presentation, your preferences, and my expertise. Because your body is a dynamic system that is changing every day, the modalities we use treatment-to-treatment may differ. We can mix-and-match modalities to find the approach that work best for your body, mind, and spirit.
Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-thin needles into the skin and muscle at specific points on the body. Through the stimulation of these points, acupuncture can treat a variety of physical and emotional conditions by restoring normal function and balance to the various body systems. Treatments are based on Chinese medicine theory, diagnosis, and practice, a system of medicine that has been developed and practiced for over 2,000 years.
In addition, a variety of specialty acupuncture services are offered, including:
Auriculotherapy is based on the approach that specific points on the ear can be used to stimulate healing and restore balance to the body’s physiological and psychological structures and processes. Points are stimulated with needles, small metal tacks, or small taped on metal beads or vaccaria seeds (Wang Bu Liu Xing, a Chinese herb). Auricular acupuncture is especially effective for pain management, substance abuse detoxification and recovery, and the management of chronic health conditions.
Also referred to as electroacupuncture, electrostimulation is a type of acupuncture treatment where needles inserted into the body are connected to a small electrical current. Electrostimulation is an effective treatment for a wide range of neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and Bell’s Palsy, as well as musculoskeletal injuries and pain, and digestive disorders such as constipation.
Korean hand therapy
Korean hand therapy is a system of medicine that uses stimulation of points on the hands to address a wide range of health concerns. Stimulation is achieved through massage, small needles, or taped-on small metal beads. Korean hand therapy is a gentle procedure that is easy for patients to incorporate into self-care practices at home.
Shonishin is a type of needle-free Japanese pediatric acupuncture. Rather than using insertive needles, Shonishin utilizes a variety of small, smooth metal tools to gently stimulate the surface of the skin in specific locations. Children respond very well to Shonishin, and often become very relaxed during treatment. And kids love to look at and play with the Shonishin tools!
Want a treatment but aren’t comfortable with needles? No needles, no problem. I have experience treating patients of all ages with a unique and effective combination of needle-free approaches. We can work together to find the right combination of modalities that works for you!
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture — coming soon!
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is an amazing way to promote vibrancy and radiance from the inside out! These sessions include specialized Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture, facial cupping, facial guasha, and facial tuina to soften lines and wrinkles, increase collagen production, reduce puffiness and eye bags, improve skin texture, and promote a bright, even skin tone. Additional body acupuncture points are used to promote overall health and wellbeing, based on your unique presentation and wellness goals.
I have trained in the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System with Dr. Martha Lucas.
The natural world carries such incredible healing potential! Herbal medicine is the administration of herbs in specific doses. Based on a patient’s unique symptoms and presentation, a combination of herbs is selected to treat the symptoms, achieve better balance in the body, and prevent the onset of symptoms in the future. Herbs are most commonly administered in pills, powders, or as raw herbs that are prepared as boiled tea called a decoction. For some conditions, herbs may be prepared for topical application or for soaking.
I make topical liniments to support healing from acute, mid-stage, and chronic pain, inflammation, swelling. These liniments are based on traditional formulas used by martial arts masters. I find them to be helpful for a range of concerns, including fresh bruises and contusions, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, sprains and strains, promoting healing of broken bones, and more. These liniments are available for sale at the clinic.
Dietary Therapy & Lifestyle Counseling
“Dietary therapy is the highest level of healing as it forces consciousness to evolve. The effects of dietary therapy are far reaching as food satisfies both physical hunger and emotional hunger.”
Dr. Jeffrey Yuen
Daily schedules, nutrition, sleep, stress management, self-care behaviors, spirituality, physical activity, ergonomics at home and at work, finding time for fun and relaxation amidst work and commitments, big life transitions — all of these things play a huge role in our health and wellbeing. The choices you make each day about managing your lifestyle are the most important choices you make.
Dietary therapy is one of the most effective ways to address a wide variety of health concerns, promote healing, achieve balance from the inside out, and prevent the onset of disease and illness. This form of nutritional counseling encourages mindful practices about what, when, and how we consume food and drink. I am passionate about combining Chinese medicine-based dietary therapy with experience and knowledge gained during my personal journey with food allergies and digestive disorders.
We can work together to find ways to help you support yourself everyday, one step at a time.
Tui Na & Bodywork
Tui Na is a type of Chinese therapeutic massage. The name “Tui Na” is made up of two words, “Tui”, meaning to push, and “Na”, meaning to grasp. In a Tui Na session, the practitioner employs a range of vigorous techniques and manipulations using finger pressure, hand movements, and arm and elbow pressure. These movements can address a wide range of musculoskeletal, internal medicine, and psychological issues. Tui Na is an appropriate therapy for all ages, and is effective pediatric treatment.
In addition to Tuina, I also offer other bodywork services, including:.
Cupping refers to the practice of using glass or plastic cups to create a suction effect on the skin to increase blood circulation, loosen muscles and connective tissue, and create a soothing effect on the nervous system. Cups can be left stationary or can be moved over the surface of the skin.
Gua sha is the practice of press-stroking or scraping the surface of the skin to produce intentional redness and petechiae, known as “sha”. Although “sha” can look alarming the first time you see it, the practice of gua sha is safe and non-invasive, and can be used on patients of all ages. Gua sha has beneficial anti-inflammatory and immune system protective effects, and can be useful in a variety of acute and chronic conditions. It works wonders for knotted muscles!
Plum blossom is a technique of penetrating the skin surface using a seven-star needle hammer, a flexible plastic handle with a gathering of small needles on one end. Plum blossom is an effective means of treating shingles and other dermatological conditions, tight muscles, and acute injuries such as ankle sprains.
Moxibustion refers to the burning of the herb Ai Ye (mugwort) over the surface of the skin to achieve a warming effect on the body. A similar effect can be achieved using a spray containing concentrated Ai Ye and the application of heat using a lamp or a heat pad. Moxibustion is effective to introduce deep warmth to the tissues, stimulating the flow of blood and vital energies. It can be used to support healthy immune, digestive, and reproductive system function, improve energy, reduce and promote healing from injuries.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei, which means “higher power”, and Ki (or in Chinese, qi), which means “life force energy”. This safe, effective, and soothing form of energy medicine helps to regulate the flow of the body’s energies and promote balance and healing of mind, body, and spirit. Reiki is an excellent complementary therapy to other forms of medicine, and is appropriate for people of all ages and states of health.