In Newton, Kansas
Acupuncture has proven effective in treating over 40 diseases according to the World Health Organization:
What is acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are tools used in clinical Chinese medicine to restore the proper functioning of the body in order to eliminate illness and imbalances. This is what is meant by ‘holistic’- we treat the individual who has the ‘dis-ease’, rather than treating the disease. By treating the ‘root’, not only are current symptoms eliminated, but future illness is often averted. ‘Treating the root’ means we re-establish the normal dynamics of the body that have somehow been thrown off. Chinese medicine has been time tested for thousands of years, morphing and evolving into a marvelous system of understanding the body and the factors of illness.
What can I expect from an acupuncture & herbal treatment?
Many people find acupuncture to be very relaxing. Falling asleep during a treatment is not uncommon! A treatment lasts one hour. I will ask you questions and then use other diagnostic methods such as taking the pulse, and palpating meridian channels. From these methods I come up with a Chinese medical diagnosis and acupuncture treatment. During a private appointment, other therapies are utilized including cupping, massage, heat therapy, and herbal compress. Patients leave the treatment room feeling relaxed and rejuvenated with a greater sense of balance. Herbs are administered on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by inserting sterile, solid, hair fine needles into designated places on the body which lie along meridians. The needles help to restore the physiological dynamic flow of the life force. The meridians are like riverways. Acupuncture works to keep these meridians free flowing in order to prevent pain, and irrigate the body with beneficial fluids and energy.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is safe practiced in the hands of a licensed professional. Practitioners must pass a California state licensing examination and meet all state licensing requirements before they can legally and safely perform acupuncture. I use disposable, sterile needles. There are very few side effects from acupuncture.
Acupuncture needles come in all lengths and widths, like nails and screws, depending on the job. They are sterile and used once. The used needles go into a biohazard box for disposal. The needles are about the size of a hair. Insertion is into the skin. Needles are left for a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes. Clients are advised to minimize movement. Most people do not feel the needle insertion. Occasionally they may sting briefly. All acupuncturists with national certification are required to pass the Clean Needle test to ensure that their handling of needles avoids all contamination and dangers from poor needling.
Acupuncture needles are not used on young children or those who prefer other methods. Teishin, the practice of holding specialized needles close to the skin, is used for young children. Electric stimulation, laser, magnets, seeds are other tools for people who would prefer to avoid needles.
All of the methods described are effective in elicting a response and needles are considered to be the most effective.
What is cupping?
Cupping involves placing sterilized cups, typically made of glass, on bare skin and creating a vacuum between cup and skin so that the skin and fascia of that area are bound closely together. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, enco1wkx urage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.
Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials. Even hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be ‘cupped,' thus applying the healing to specific organs that correlate with these points.
Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians. There are five meridian lines on the back, and these are where the cups are usually placed. Using these points, cupping can help align and relax qi, as well as target more specific maladies. By targeting the meridian channels, cupping strives to 'open' these channels. The paths through which life energy flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing qi (life force).
This modality is only used during Private Room Acupuncture treatments or scheduled cupping appointments.
What are Chinese medicinal herbs?
While acupuncture is the most well known part of Chinese Medicine, Chinese herbalism has an even longer recorded history of active use. In Chinese medicine, there is a literate as well as an oral tradition reaching back several thousand years where certain formulas of herbs have been passed down and developed by senior physicians from every generation. These formulas have helped billions of people over the centuries.
Chinese herbs are a variety of natural substances found within the plant, animal, and mineral kingdoms. They are skillfully prepared and combined into formulas for the treatment of illnesses. Before the days of extracting and synthesizing natural substances into pharmaceuticals, there was the whole plant. Herbs can be thought of as very nutritious foods that heal. Chinese herbalism can be used to address any possible condition of human disease. The herbs are combined in very specific, time tested formulas based on in-depth diagnosis.
Are herbs safe to ingest?
Herbs have been used for thousands of years to help people find their health. Many of the formulas we prescribe in the clinic have been used for 2,000 years! As long as the herbs are used correctly, they are safe and very helpful. The herbs I use in the clinic are of the highest quality on the market. I take the greatest possible care in choosing what herbs to carry in the clinic. I am very careful to buy herbs from companies who verify the identity of every herb. I also source organic herbs whenever possible.
Those that are not organic comply (at a minimum) with International GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards, which ensure that herbs are free of sulfur and other harmful preservatives.
What is Kinesiology?
Wholistic Kinesiology is a natural healing system that uses muscle testing to determine an individual's very unique health needs. Because we are all individuals, our health care needs are variable. With muscle testing (kinesiology) underlying health imbalances can be determined easily and painlessly. We can ask the body where the imbalances are. We can detect imbalances before they become pathologies or even before they show up on blood tests.
When the muscles are tested while touching points on the body which correspond to organ systems or other imbalances, the muscle will respond with a strong or weak response. For example, a strong response to a food means the body resonates with the food. A weak response to a food means the food makes the body weak, depending on the underlying balance of the system being testing.
This is useful in several ways:
Kinesiology can be used to test a person's current vitamin regimen to determine if the health imbalances are being resolved. It is a tool used to set up individualized therapeutic regimens prescribing the appropriate nutrients and therapies.
What is NAET?
NAET (Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques) is an innovative, natural solution for allergies and allergy related conditions. With NAET we are able to determine which allergen - chemical, food, or seasonal - that is a priority and give a treatment that neutralizes the allergen. One item is treated at a time. The treatment includes holding the vial of the allergen and receiving acupuncture. Usually only one treatment is needed per allergen . The treatment will hold unless the client is under extreme stress or becomes ill.