“Gain wisdom to reduce suffering.”
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable, and sterile needles at strategic points on the body, it is considered a safe, noninvasive medical procedure. An Acupuncture Treatment generally includes anywhere from 5 to 25 needles that are retained for approximately 25 to 35 minutes. These factors, as well as the number of prescribed treatments, vary based on your current state of health and the duration of your health condition.
An Acupuncture Treatment generally includes anywhere from 5 to 25 needles that are retained for approximately 25 to 35 minutes.
Chinese Medicine is designed to restore flow throughout the body. By examining the body’s response to both internal and external, natural and necessary fluctuations and potential pathogenic factors, like the flu, we can begin to develop a cohesive picture of your health.
Only if your internal environment is conducive to viral proliferation will you present flu symptoms. Therefore, we focus on the response, rather than the pathogen. You, rather than the illness.
The effectiveness of this healthcare speaks to the holistic and preventative approach at its very core. As a Practitioner, this broad-based medicine facilitates a very rich and comprehensive understanding of your health, and allows me to accurately focus in on the origin of disease. I value the quality of care that integrative medicine provides, and acknowledge that specific aspects of Western medicine; for example, emergency care, excel.
Life can be flagrant foul, a firestorm at times and untamed we leaves us feeling out of control. Our lives are complex. We are within an emerging paradigm that is bringing to light all the unseen forces at play in the world, like electricity, the internet; in language, emotions, and vibes. Laterally aligned with this contemporary evolution, we have seen this medicine grow exponentially throughout the world over the past 300 years. Chinese Medicine is committed to the principle of uncovering the specific and fundamental causes of disease, and to providing patients with a realistic plan of care.
Idiopathic is a term unknown in our context.
My goal with each patient is to cultivate sustainable health by recognizing in you the reactionary patterns (to pathogenic factors like the flu, to other people, to your emotions, to the world) and commit to helping you resolve negative patterns that result in unhealthy energetic responses. Meaning, it is my intention to appropriate not just the body’s basic ability to function or be dysfunctional, but to access the actual quality of your ability to function healthfully and react appropriately to whatever your life is offering. We are looking at the why? when a virus spreads over an area some people get sick but others do not. How can we shift your biological responses to be more refined and harmonized.
The history of Acupuncture includes more than 3,000 years of unremitting success in its practice of using needles to provide healthcare. Based on your precise diagnosis, a treatment plan is developed, which includes a 'point prescription' using acupuncture points. Needles are then placed on these points along the entire body; specifically, on what are referred to as Acupuncture Channels or Meridians. These channels compose a dynamic system of energetic fields that are interrelated in form and function. Similar to the way the tensegrity network of our fascia (connective tissue) functions to create a working body.
Our main diagnostic tools include examination of the tongue, reading the pulses, listening to the heart rate and breath and to the stories of how you got here. We consider these to be The Four Pillars of Chinese Medical Diagnosis: Look, Listen/Smell, Ask, and Palpation. The three thousand years preceding this ancient medical wisdom has provided us with a healing system full of integrity, conducive to longterm homeostasis, and it begins with a correct diagnosis.
Seeking professional support reflects the readiness to acknowledge aspects of your life and the willingness to transform your health. The rate at which we each heal is as variable as the distinct rhythms in each of our lives.
Tongue & Pulse Diagnosis
Liberating yourself from the tensions and traumas, from holding in your breath, your stomach, or your temper ultimately requires an outside agency that can guide you through the process. And sometimes, it take a whole village.
Disease arises when there is an impediment to flow within the body, mind or spirit, according to Classical Chinese texts. This stagnation, or blockages, occur when we currently don’t have the resources available to manage an experience; be it, a physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual experience. Stagnation/blockage presents as an area of DISCOMFORT in your life, for example, chronic pain, depression, the feeling of going against the flow, unsatisfied with major facets of your life, or frequent loss of purpose in life. Conversely, being open and finding your flow provides evidence for the stark difference; a life that is supported by your efforts, feeling successful and satisfied in that and life, open to new things, curious, relaxed and not easily deterred by health setbacks.
“When we suppress an emotion we may hold our eyes, our mouth, our breath, collapse our chest, clench our anus, retract our genitalia or all of the above.”
- BARABAR BRENNAN
Whether due to improper diet, stress or an underlying disease, INFLAMMATION is a major source of disease today and largely responsible for the overall decline in health many people currently experience. Inflammation is made worse by the constant stress and pressure we put ourselves under, particularly for those of us living in New York City. Dehydration caused by inflammation wears on our vasculature, our internal organs, muscle and tissue, endocrine system, circulation and mental function.
After years of mild inflammation and dehydration, what I often see as the result is a chronic skin or digestive condition/food sensitivity preliminarily, followed by the possibility of an autoimmune condition, if not properly addressed.
When we no longer have the resources to keep any level of sustained inflammation at bay, our body reaches deep down into the emergency funds stored at the level of the DNA to keep the system cool. The body then begins to produce phlegm in the form of chronic respiratory or sinus issues, headaches and migraines, lipomas, and cysts. This is how allergies, autoimmune, genetic and hereditary diseases become activated for many people. Having suddenly developed an allergy to foods that you’ve enjoyed you’re entire life are more than often related to this type of dehydration.
Diet contributes to our general health in so many ways, especially when it comes to our emotional health. Though we’re likely to recognize the connection between food and feelings in children, so many adults eat unconsciously or as a form of emotional repression.
Energy + Motion gives us Emotion. Emotional health is so vital to our overall wellbeing, it’s what drives us to do what we do. When in a state of dysfunction, it’s also most commonly found to be the initial or root cause of most physical pain, according to Classical Chinese Medicine.
“When “I” is replaced with “WE” even ILLNESS becomes WELLNESS.”
- MALCOLM X
Acupuncture works succinctly to both prevent disease and to heal illness. Together we cultivate an internal environment, so attuned to healthful patterns, that your body is no longer hospitable to chronic disease or dysfunction and prepared to protect you from standard biological pathogens. By redefining and refining what fuels our lives, meaning what foods we eat and how, what ideas we feed our our minds and with whom, we can come to know a life adored.
Most of us spend an incredible amount of time, effort and money into avoiding pain. That could be why you’re seeking acupuncture, after all. However, we stand to gain real insight if we spend some time with the pain, in an effort to understand its presence. What is your pain a voice for?
“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” - RUMI
WHAT DOES CHINESE MEDICINE TREAT?
E.N.T. (Ear Nose & Throat)
This is an abbreviated list of common reasons to make an appointment with your acupuncturist:
Musculoskeletal pain (Back, neck, carpel tunnel)
Fertility and Endocrine dysfunction
Sciatica and Piriformis syndrome
Emotional and Mental stress,
Grief and Loss
Chemotherapeutic side effects
Many people I see discover acupuncture only after exhausting all other standard medical options; depleted, frustrated and uncertain about ever receiving a correct diagnosis, let alone treatment. After the first treatment, I see the return of hope and the astonishment upon realizing the breadth and quality of care we provide. I additionally specialize in treating patients with chronic inflammatory conditions, including:
AUTO IMMUNE CONDITIONS
PARASITES & ASSOCIATED COINFECTION
A CHRONIC condition:
(lasting three or more weeks, depending on the situation)
Can impact quality of life beyond the physiological debilitation; commonly inducing other health complications, including the interrelated mental-emotional-spiritual associations:
ANXIETY & DEPRESSION