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. That’s the beauty of Chinese medicine and integrative therapies — each treatment is designed especially for you, and we can mix-and-match modalities to find the ones 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.
Pregnancy & Labor Support
Acupuncture and acupressure provide a multitude of options for support in all stages of pregnancy. Specialized treatments can prepare the body before labor begins, and encourage the process and progression of labor in a safe, effective way. These services are available for on-call home visits, contact me at 612.787.7257 for more information and pricing.
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!
Reiki, an energetic medicine developed in Japan, supports body, mind, and spirit by channeling the intrinsic, healing life force that flows through each of us. Reiki is versatile, safe, non-invasive, and effective, and can be performed hands-on or hands-off based on your preference. Reiki combines beautifully with other biomedical and integrative medicine treatments, including acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
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.
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. We can work together to find ways to help you support yourself everyday, one step at a time.
“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
Food is a powerful medicine! Dietary therapy is a form of nutritional counseling that encourages mindful practices about what, when, and how we consume food and drink. It is an effective way to address a wide variety of health concerns, promote healing, achieve balance from the inside out, and prevent the onset of disease and illness. 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.
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.
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.