Traditional Asian medicine is a time tested holistic system that seeks to treat the root of the imbalance and assist the body in achieving homeostasis. Acupuncture can help stimulate the body’s own healing process while reducing pain and increasing the speed of healing. In addition to needles, other modalities such as moxibustion therapy, gua sha, cupping, electrical stimulation, and medical massage, may also be used. I treat many different conditions, however, some of my special interests are listed below:
Stress and Anxiety
While stress hormones serve a very important function, they can also flood our body unnecessarily, causing emotional fatigue and unwanted physical symptoms such as insomnia, headaches, and digestive problems. Acupuncture releases natural endorphins which reduce pain and calm the nervous system. Each individual is affected by stress and anxiety differently, so we address the root of the stress and treat the symptoms simultaneously.
A healthy digestive system is the cornerstone of a healthy body. Being able to properly absorb nutrients is vital to the immune system and all other functioning. Acupuncture addresses acute and chronic digestive issues. Some of the conditions
treated successfully by acupuncture include bloating, cholecystitis, constipation, gas, diarrhea and acid reflux. Chronic conditions can be greatly improved with treatment as well.
Acupuncture is a gentle, effective way to treat imbalances that contribute to menstrual cycle irregularities and infertility. Traditional Chinese medicine has a whole-body approach to addressing fertility issues and can also be used in conjunction with IVF or IUI to increase the likelihood of conception. Acupuncture increases circulation and stimulates the body’s own healing process which can reduce or resolve cysts and fibroids. Acupuncture also assists in balancing hormones and can be very helpful for treating undesirable symptoms that may come with menopause and peri-menopause.
Acupuncture is a powerful drug-free way to make pregnancy more comfortable and pleasurable. Nausea, pelvic and hip pain, heartburn, and insomnia, as well as other common symptoms can be reduced or relieved with treatment. In addition, weekly treatments in the weeks leading up to birth help prepare the body for labor.
Studies show that acupuncture can shorten the first stage of labor, help ripen the cervix, reduce the need for oxytocin, reduce stress hormones that inhibit labor progression, and help with pain management. I used acupressure points to manage pain during my own labors and I love to pass that knowledge on to my patients.
Postpartum is a very special time that can also be enhanced with acupuncture. It is more important to rest and replenish during this time than we typically acknowledge in our culture. Acupuncture and herbs during postpartum help nourish your body, assist in lactation, and allow you to spend your energy where its most needed – bonding with your newborn.