I use acupuncture and other forms of Oriental medicine, including Chinese herbs, moxibustion (a localized heat treatment) and cupping. These forms of treatment has been proven effective for many, many conditions, from asthma to gynecological issues.

All treatment begins with a proper diagnosis, which takes place during your first visit.  I spend a lot of time getting a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. I examine the condition of your tongue (is it cracked, coated, excessively pink? etc.), and check your pulse on both wrists (the quality of your pulse gives information about possible imbalances). I may also ask questions about your emotional state, and specific symptoms you may have. This is done because unlike Western medicine, this approach treats the whole person. Instead of merely focusing on the symptoms of your condition, I treat the underlying cause of those symptoms.

The first visit (with diagnosis) can last from an hour and an hour and a half, and end with an acupuncture treatment lasting another 30-60 minutes. Your subsequent visits will be much faster – usually an hour long. I’ll make a short review of your progress followed by an acupuncture treatment.

If it’s warranted, herbal formulas may be available as an adjunct treatment. Custom herbal formulas are always prescribed in a balanced formula, where different herbs have supporting effects. Thousands of years of use and research have shown that this is far more effective than large doses of a single substance.  Custom formulas are provided for unique needs of the patient.  For ongoing support, I use patent formulas from a host of providers, including Pure Encapsulations and  Standard Process.  Patients may order directly from Pure Encapsulations at the following website:  www.purecapspro/integrativehealthsolutions.  Free shipping is provided on all orders.

Typically acupuncture treatments are given once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, treatments may be given 2-3 times per week until the condition starts to come under control. The exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to acupuncture.

A life that finds joy and peace to balance stress and strife will increase its opportunity for health.