Complex and Chronic Conditions


Acupuncture Has a Unique Approach to Complex and Chronic Conditions

Whether you are seeking something more natural, have exhausted mainstream medical options, or are interested in something that complements other types of therapies, 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 chronic conditions in 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. The focus is not only on symptom management but also on  correcting the underlying patterns of imbalance that are giving rise to your symptoms.

Healing Hands


Acupuncture Is a Unique Type of Treatment with Unique Effects

Acupuncture is a unique type of treatment so it can have effects that are different from other types of treatments. First, acupuncture can induce the parasympathetic state, the opposite of the sympathetic, fight-or-flight state. The parasympathetic state is one of deep relaxation, where breathing and heart rate slow, the mind empties, and your body focuses on healing, repairing, and recharging energy reserves. Second, acupuncture can promote tonfication, one of the most important concepts in Chinese medicine for which there is no equivalent in Western medicine. Tonification is a way of strengthening and normalizing the functioning of the internal organs. Third, acupuncture can also be used to tap directly into the deeper inner workings of the body. Because every organ has an acupuncture channel that passes through it, points can be strategically selected to benefit specific organs and systems.

All Symptoms Have Causes

In Chinese medicine, there is no such thing as a symptom without a cause or a disease diagnosis where the cause or treatment is unknown. The basic idea with chronic and complex conditions is that symptoms are usually due to a deeper underlying imbalance that is manifesting in multiple systems at the same time. Because of this, it is recognized that symptoms come in sets, or what we call patterns, where certain symptoms often cluster together. By looking at the bigger pattern instead of just isolated symptoms, larger underlying imbalances can be identified and addressed. Or, conversely, by addressing the common denominator, multiple symptoms can be treated at the same time. I work with a wide variety of complex and chronic conditions of all types, many where there is more than one organ system involved, or where there is also chronic pain or concurrent emotional imbalances. Acupuncture is very good at treating these so-called knotty diseases, untangling them in a systematic way, layer by layer.

Complementary, Supportive Therapies that Enhance Acupuncture

Chinese medicine is so much more than just acupuncture. I am also trained in herbal medicine, 5-element nutrition, and different types of traditional hands-on techniques. I find that these complementary therapies can help enhance the effects of acupuncture. For example, there are thousands of Chinese herbal formulas for every version of every common human condition. Acupuncture is the fundamental therapy upon which all of my treatments are built, but my toolbox also includes Chinese herbal medicine, 5-element nutrition, ba guan (cupping), tui na (Chinese medical massage), zhi ya (acupressure), chi nei tsang (internal organ massage), gua sha (massage with jade and horn tools), and topical herbal formulas for pain. If your condition would benefit from any of these traditional techniques they are included at no extra charge. Please click here for more information about my acupuncture treatments.
"My husband originally came here for lower back pain. After his third visit, he is free of pain. I do water rowing and my muscles are very tight, lots of knots so since my husband had such great success, I too decided to give Nancy a try. I have been going for deep tissue massages once a month for years, but after my first visit with Nancy, I have a considerable ease of movement in my neck area and upper back. I will go two more times, as she suggested and see how I progress." ~Bonnie Nesdall
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