What I Treat
Pain of All Types
I commonly treat many different types of pain including tension headaches, migraines, TMJ syndrome, trigeminal neuralgia, strains, sprains, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, menstrual pain, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, sciatica, abdominal pain, arthritis, sports injuries, carpal tunnel, post-operative pain, nerve pain, whiplash, and pain of the lower back, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, hips, and ankles. Treating pain is about a third of my practice and it responds very well to acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Please click here to read more about treatments for pain.
Internal Organ Conditions
One of the unique abilities of acupuncture is that it can restore and normalize the function and coordination of the internal organs so that everything runs more smoothly at an optimal level. It can also help your body clear out excesses of inflammation, toxins, fluids, and congestion that may be hindering the functioning of your internal organs. Acupuncture can help address a multitude of issues of all the different internal organs and systems. Please click here to read more about treatments for internal organ conditions.
Complex and Chronic Conditions
Whether you are seeking natural alternatives or have exhausted conventional medical options, acupuncture can be an effective way to address complex and chronic conditions. This system has a unique way of looking at how the body works, why conditions develop, and what symptoms mean, so it can often be successful when other treatments have failed. One of the main ways it works is by framing your chief complaint within the context of your overall health, with outward symptoms being interpreted as indicators of broader, deeper imbalances. This approach can often explain the why and how of symptoms and, by treating many layers at the same time, can help both resolve them and prevent them from reoccurring. Please click here to read more about treatments for complex and chronic conditions.
Some of the emotional imbalances I commonly treat include anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, bipolar disorder, grief, postnatal depression, and shock. Generally, these types of conditions respond well to treatment. In fact, the vast majority of patients often begin to feel a difference with the first treatment, sometimes even during their initial session. Also, unlike prescription medications, the effect of the treatments feels very natural, and side effects are rare. Please click here to read more about treatments for emotional imbalances.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help with a wide range of digestive issues including nausea, gas, bloating, acid reflux, heartburn, GERD, indigestion, IBS, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, morning sickness, ulcerative colitis, abdominal pain, poor absorption, Leaky Gut Syndrome, food intolerances, liver and gallbladder issues, and esophageal constriction. Generally, even though digestion is a very complicated process, these conditions respond well, even when they are chronic. Please click here to read more about treatments for digestive disorders.
Exhaustion and Fatigue
In Chinese medicine, the most common cause of exhaustion and fatigue is depletion of energy and nutrient reserves. Usually, this is the result of excess amounts of stress or anxiety combined with a lack of opportunity or time to nourish, rest, and recharge. Other common causes of exhaustion and fatigue may include insomnia, where we are not getting enough rest, chronic digestive issues, where the body is not properly absorbing nutrients from food, or impaired lung function, where the body is not able to absorb enough oxygen. Though it's usually a slower process to rebuild energy and nutrient reserves, it is possible to recover from exhaustion and fatigue. Please click here to read more about treatments for exhaustion and fatigue.
Over the course of my practice, I have had the opportunity to treat quite a few different types of auto-immune disorders with acupuncture and Chinese medicine including eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, alopecia areata, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Lyme disease, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, interstitial cystitis, and diseases of the endocrine system like Addison's, Grave's, and Hashimoto's. Chinese medicine has a very different way of looking at these kinds of conditions, so it can often be effective when other treatments and therapies have failed. Please click here to read more about treatments for auto-immune disorders.
Nervous System Conditions
I have experience treating many different issues affecting the nervous system including Restless Leg Syndrome, whiplash, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, neuropathy, Parkinson's, Bell's Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, pinched nerves, thoracic outlet syndrome, shingles, sciatica, headaches, and migraines. Though I have had a few tough cases, generally these types of conditions respond well to treatment, with little to no side effects. Please click here to read more about treatments for nervous system conditions.
Microbial Infections and Imbalances
Infections are all too common, whether due to viruses, molds, fungi, or bacteria. I commonly see people with infections of the sinuses, skin, and internal organs like the lungs, intestines, liver, and bladder. I also work on conditions that manifest as microbial imbalances in the gut, including candida, infectious diarrhea, SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth), IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). In addition, I have helped people with the long-term symptoms associated with certain types of infectious diseases such as Chronic Lyme Disease, Viral Arthritis, Post-Herpetic Neuralgia, and Long COVID. Please click here to read more about treatments for microbial infections and imbalances.
I have experience working with a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, hives, urticaria, poison ivy, Post-Herpetic Neuralgia, candida, acne, shingles, dermatitis, hair loss, and cold sores. Outcomes for these types of conditions are generally good, especially if the patient is compliant with herbal and dietary recommendations. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help with these types of conditions because it focuses not just on symptomatic relief, but on correcting the underlying patterns of imbalance that are giving rise to your symptoms. It also offers a different way of thinking about how the body works, why conditions develop, what symptoms mean, and how to treat them, so it can often be effective when other treatments have failed. Please click here to read more about treatments for skin conditions.
Because acupuncture can improve the functioning of the internal organs and regulate menstruation, it is very helpful for cycle issues, infertility, menopausal symptoms, and hormonal imbalances. I have experience treating early, late, irregular, short, and long periods, as well as amenorrhea, heavy periods, painful periods, and spotting. Acupuncture also has what we call a "harmonizing" effect, soothing emotions, evening out the flow of chi in the body, and releasing the build-up of energy that comes right before the onset of your period. In this way, acupuncture can address premenstrual symptoms like irritability. Acupuncture is safe to do during pregnancy and can be helpful for conditions like morning sickness, anxiety, and lower back pain. It can even help increase the chances of carrying your baby to full term if there is a history of miscarriage. If you find yourself overdue, there are five points that specifically induce labor by unblocking energy in the abdomen and moving it down and out. Please click here to read more about treatments for reproductive conditions.
I have treated many different types of respiratory conditions such as seasonal allergies, asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis, chronic congestion, colds, flu, chronic coughs, and low immunity. Many people don't think of acupuncture for these sorts of conditions, especially when it comes to acute infections like the common cold, but it is a very effective treatment. There are also Chinese herbal formulas that can boost immunity and prevent you from catching things when you've been exposed. Please click here to read more about treatments for respiratory conditions.
In addition to treating disease, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be used to maximize health, promoting longevity and vitality via tonification, a way to replenish energy reserves, strengthen organ systems, and address genetic weaknesses. It can also diagnose diseases in their earliest stages, even when symptoms are vague or medical tests are inconclusive, neutralizing them before they have time to advance and take root. In addition, by treating the underlying cause of disease instead of just managing its outward symptoms, Chinese medicine can help prevent symptoms from reoccurring. Other benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine include pain management, cancer support, palliative care, and detoxification. Please click here to read more about the other benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.