Acupuncture is the introduction of needles in the body to regulate the flow of internal energy. Its an art that originated in China and the first documented reference to it dates back to 100 BCE in the book “ The yellow emperor’s classic of internal Medicine”. It was introduced to the US in 1971 when Chinese demonstrated an emergency appendectomy with Acupuncture Anesthesia. Today it is widely practiced in the US and has been extensively researched to establish its effectiveness. The theory on which Acupuncture is based is that we have energy or Qi that runs through imaginary channels. When this flow is blocked there is excess at some place and deficiency at other. This imbalance leads to disease. Needles open the blockages in energy channels and through their effect on internal organs increase the energy and optimize function. My Acupuncture work is rooted in principles of Classical Chinese Medicine.
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Each herb in its color, taste, texture carries energetics and properties, that when correctly prescribed and combined can gently bring the body back to balance. In most cultures herbs have been a part of everyday diet. Chinese herbal formulas are intricately designed group of herbs that often balance each other and come together to perform the desired action. I prescribe herbal formulas in the form of powders, pills, tinctures or raw herbs to be boiled in teas.
Functional Medicine focuses on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine and immune systems of the patient. The treatment is based on the fact that diet, nutrition and exposure to environmental toxins play central roles in predisposition to illness. Management is through dietary modification and Nutritional supplements that support the dual processes of cleansing and tonifying.To my mind, in its essential philosophy and basics it is a very modern version of chinese medicine with tremendous advancement in understanding of bio chemical processes, diagnostic and lab parameters. To this sophistication of medicine I bring intricacy and refinement of Chinese herbal formulas.
The art of Spinal Manipulation is very old being an integral part of Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions. While its efficacy has been proved in the area of pain management, it is no secret that structure affects function. I have often found that in removing structural blockages you not only release tension in musculoskeletal system but also help the body function optimally. My Chiropractic work is focused on low force techniques like Network Spinal Analysis, Activator methods and gentle osseous adjusting. I combine them with deep tissue therapies that helps maintain the corrections for a longer period of time.