ACUPUNCTURE

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture Supports Your Weight Loss Program

Losing weight will result in positive chemical changes in your body. But before you reach your target weight, you may experience some mild symptoms like headaches, body aches, and fatigue. All these symptoms are part of a normal change and progression toward better health. Acupuncture can help relieve your symptoms, provide more energy for your workouts, and relax both body and mind from daily stresses. Acupuncture stabilizes natural imbalances that occur while your body goes through detox and elimination.

Acupuncture for Pain

Pain is your body’s messaging system. There are many reasons why you feel pain. Besides an acute injury or trauma, chronic pain can be a sign that systems in your body need attention. 

Pain can be caused by any of these conditions: 

  • Stress/anxiety
  • Prescription drugs
  • Menopause
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Digestive disorders
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Metabolic imbalances
  • And much more…

TCM is a complete system of care, and is not limited by conditions, specific age, or gender. Your acupuncturist can help with all aspects of your health.

Herbal Medicine

A Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner in California is trained in both acupuncture and herbal medicine. It is common for you to receive Chinese herbal formulas as part of your overall care. Some conditions like common colds and the flu require herbal remedies in order to successfully rid the body of pathogens. Your practitioner will let you know if herbs are necessary for your condition. Herbal remedies are mostly prescribed in extracts, tinctures, and pill form.

TCM Dietetics & Nutrition

Yin-Yang Theory is at the root of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The basic concept of Yin is dark, cold, feminine, while Yang is light, warm, and masculine. A person who is too Yin might be overweight, fatigued, and suffer from feelings of cold. A person who is too Yang might anger easily, suffer from headaches, or have high blood pressure. This is an example of two extremes, but a healthy person is someone who can transition and balance without delay.

But our modern world can wreck havoc on our ability to naturally balance. TCM dietetics incorporates the idea of Yin and Yang foods based on your current health needs. Spices like turmeric, cinnamon, quality meats, and warming root vegetables are all Yang by nature, and helpful for someone who is suffering from fatigue. Green leafy vegetables, certain teas and herbs like chrysanthemum flowers, green teas, and fish are examples of cooling foods. A person who suffers from over consumption of fatty, spicy, and rich foods would need to reduce intake and balance with supporting foods.

Patients enrolled in the Trilogy Weight Loss program can receive a complimentary TCM Dietetics consultation.

What to Expect At Your Treatment Session

An acupuncture treatment is the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into the skin. Once inserted, needles may be stimulated further, manually (by hand) and if there is severe trauma involved, electrical stimulation may be utilized. Your acupuncture session may also include one or more of the following items: 

  • Moxibustion – herbal heat treatment
  • Cupping – glass cups placed on specific parts of the body (mostly back) for the treatment of pain and respiratory disorders
  • Tuina massage – a traditional form of body massage
  • Essential oil acupuncture – custom essential oil remedies will be placed on specific acupuncture points 
  • Acupressure – pressure along acupuncture channels and specific points

Acupuncture points are located all over your body. Wearing loose, comfortable clothing is helpful when your acupuncturist needs to reach beyond your head, neck, and extremities. You may be asked to remove certain clothing if it obstructs the treatment. 

Does Acupuncture Hurt? 

Modern acupuncture needles are extremely thin. More than ten of the finest needles could fit into a single hypodermic needle used to draw blood. At the very least, you will feel nothing, and at most, a small prick that goes away a few seconds after insertion. A skilled acupuncturist is aware of sensitive areas in your body, and will do her best to mitigate potential pain. Most patients leave sessions feeling lighter, refreshed, and relaxed.

History of Traditional Chinese Medicine in America

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an evolving form of healing, and since its inception more than 4,000 years ago, it has adapted to changes in the environment and its new diseases. 

TCM was brought to the West by immigrant practitioners, and used exclusively by their community members. Up until the early 1970s, TCM was unattainable outside of places like Chinatown across the United States. Today, training can be ascertained by all in many states across the US, with California leading in both schools, and board certified practitioners. A licensed practitioner in California would have completed the minimum of 3,000 hours of training, making it the most demanding program in the US. 

FAQs

What makes you different?

I never force the body to heal. I believe that each person’s healing should be done at his or her own pace. My ability to connect to another person affords me the insight necessary to uncover deficiencies in the body…and when I speak of the body, I also mean the mind as well.

Does acupuncture hurt?

After being exposed to acupuncture at a very young age, and assisting my father in the treatment room, I grew up rather needle-phobic myself. I am as gentle as possible with my patients when it comes to acupuncture.

Do you use acupuncture exclusively during your treatments?

Acupuncture is at the core of my practice, but I often use other modalities to help me tap into other subtle body energies. This includes muscle testing, mild body work or other techniques. Sometimes a prescription of herbs or a lesson in qigong is necessary to enhance and support care.

What are some conditions that acupuncture treats?

Acupuncture can treat both acute and chronic conditions. It’s recognized for mostly pain management, but there is so much more. It’s very effective for infertility, prenatal, gynecological disorders, menopause, thyroid and adrenal deficiencies, respiratory diseases, especially colds and flu symptoms, stress, depression, auto-immune, and addiction. Acupuncture is also effective for detoxing the body from over-the-counter or prescription drugs, and combined with proper nutrition, is a wonderful support for patients going through cancer treatments.

This is just a short general list. Every condition is different, and therapy needs vary greatly from person to person, even with the same diagnosis. Once the root cause is determined, acupuncture builds the body’s foundational strength. Then the body’s innate healing abilities take over. Acupuncture is not a symptom-based practice, but taps into the interworking of the whole body.

What types of treatments do you offer?

Acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine, and nutrition are at the core of my practice. But I also utilize other tools like fire cupping, electrical stimulation, and tuina bodywork. Patients can also choose to come in for a basic “Unwind” stress release session, where limited acupuncture is performed, and the body melts its worries away on a therapeutic Biomat. An “Unwind” session is a great introduction to acupuncture.

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