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Commonly Treated Conditions Include:

  • Pre and post-surgical care: mental readiness, pain management, scar treatments, improved tissue healing, anesthesia and opiate detox
  • Preventive health: individualized nutritional recommendations, seasonal detox and fasting guidance, stress reduction, improvement in sleep and energy levels, weight management
  • Digestive health conditions:  constipation, diarrhea, IBS, heartburn, indigestion
  • Addictions and Habits: alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sugar, caffeine
  • Pain:  headaches, migraines, menstrual complaints, arthritis, sciatica, Bell’s palsy, Trigeminal neuralgia, herniated disk disorders, PMS, neuropathy
  • Anxiety and Depression

Nutritional CounselingNutritional Counseling

In the same way we move energy through the body by dancing, walking, doing yoga or qi gong there is also a way of moving and balancing energy in the body through food.  Consciously eating and listening to the body using all six senses informs you what your body is asking for.
The best diet you can follow is one that is unique to your needs.  Your needs may change depending on the season, how you feel on a particular day, what is occurring in your work, relationships, activities.   Your body knows exactly what it wants and what it needs every moment of your life. The messages are there all the time and are different than cravings. The more you tune in to your body the more this information will feel worthy of your trust, just as worthy if not more as the information you receive from books, articles, teachers, and healers.

Nutritional counseling will help guide you toward discovering what nutritional plan is most indicated for your body’s needs keeping in mind cooking and eating habits, medical issues, digestive health, nutritional requirements, potential food sensitivities, and genetics.  Together we will incorporate changes that bring simplicity to meal planning and ignite your passion for eating well.

A whole-foods approach to nutrition is used with a focused use of nutritional supplements when needed.

 

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is the art and science of using plants for maintaining health and treating illness.  It has been the major aspect of healing practices around the world for centuries. The healing systems of India, Tibet, China and the Middle Eastern Unani, as well as in the traditional western practices of the Greeks and the Native Americans, all know and understand the energetic qualities of each plant is essential to understanding it’s medicinal value and how to administer it. The knowledge of the medicinal and energetic properties of herbs in ancient cultures was handed down over generations and still persists in these cultures as well as in many homes and clinics around the world.

Botanical medicines are prepared  plants and contain hundreds to thousands of interrelated compounds such as aromatic oils, minerals, enzymes, nutrients, etc. which work together and typically produce less side effects with more safety compared to pharmaceutical medicines.

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the most well known modality in the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine. Having been used all over the eastern part of the world in one form or another for thousands of years, Chinese medicine has been the primary form of health care for roughly a fifth of the world’s population for much of human history.

Acupuncture is based on the understanding that all living things have an integrated force that maintains and directs life. This is true whether that living thing is human, plant, or animal. This force is a form of energy that underlies all biophysical and biochemical processes, and separates living from non-living matter. In Chinese medicine this force is called “Qi” but it is also known in other systems of medicine as life force, vital force, innate intelligence, and prana.

Disturbance to this vital force can come from emotional sources such as shock, trauma, betrayal,  prolonged grief, long lasting anxiety, fear, disappointment or from physical sources such as viruses and bacteria, exposure to extreme temperatures, injuries, malnutrition, etc.  Symptoms that manifest as a result of this disruption such as pain, fatigue, digestive upset, etc.  are clues to the underlying imbalance.  Acupuncture removes obstacles and strengthens the life force of the body, bringing it back to optimal functioning and harmonious health.

Very fine needles are inserted into specific points along meridians in the body and assist in redirecting qi, much like water is directed through an irrigation system, bringing life force to the cells, tissues, and organs where it is needed most.  The needles are disposed of once used.

Moxibustion (moxa)

Moxa is the method of applying heat to specific locations on the body. The herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is heated on the skin or acupuncture needle. The qualities of the herb penetrate the skin and muscles and are transferred through the meridians.

Cupping

Cupping is procedure that is performed by creating a vacuum in a cup and applying it to the skin to create suction. Cupping has the function of warming and promoting the free flow of Qi and Blood in the meridians and is used in the treatment of pain and to assist in detoxification.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a common technique practiced in homes as well as clinics and hospitals throughout Asian countries. A round edged instrument is stroked along the skin removing congestion and promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. It is used often to treat pain, upper respiratory disorders and chronic disorders related to toxicity. It is also called “coining” as it was traditionally performed with a coin.

Focusing

Focusing is a powerful process for growth and transformation.  It is a body-centered self awareness skill that includes an open and accepting inner space for change to occur.  It is a natural, innate way of listening to ourselves.  Focusing involves having a non-judgemental relationship with your emotions and feelings. This process gives you a tool for doing inner work, helping you be more present, connected and compassionate with yourself and others.  Instead of using the mind to try to analyze why you are feeling a certain way or how you got to the place where you are,  Focusing helps you drop down to a deeper understanding  by sensing how the issue resides in your body, freshly,  in this moment.

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