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Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture


Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can treat a multitude of conditions very effectively.  Many people turn to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as a “last resort” only to discover that it is helpful for complex conditions in ways that conventional medicines are not. Chinese medicine is a highly sophisticated science and a deeply spiritual art form.

I  am often asked, “Can Acupuncture  treat (insert symptom here)?” The answer is YES, and here’s why. Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that doesn’t look at the body through a microscopic lens, separating out each organ, body part, symptom, nutrient and emotion. Every one of my patients is unique and whole with all aspects of your physical, mental, and emotional body working synergistically. When aspects of this harmony are off-balance, symptoms can arise.  Symptoms are body messages: they let us know that something needs adjustment. Chinese medicine doesn’t treat symptoms, it corrects the imbalances.

In other words, you might consider scheduling an appointment if:

  • You have nagging symptoms and have been told “there’s nothing wrong with you.”
  • You’ve been told “there’s nothing else we can do for you.”
  • You avoid activities because they cause you pain.
  • You get headaches or migraines more often than you care to admit.
  • You’ve been told that surgery is the only option.
  • Your blood pressure or your blood sugar is through the roof.
  • You’re ready to become a mother but you can’t get pregnant.
  • You’ve used up all your sick days at work.
  • Your heart is pounding in your chest.
  • You have no appetite or too much of an appetite.
  • You are ready to stop smoking.
  • You haven’t got your period in three months.
  • You can’t function for a few days after your period arrives.
  • You can’t relax.
  • You wake up hot and sweaty at night.
  • You can’t remember the last time you had a regular bowel movement.
  • You have anxiety or feel depressed.
  • You feel great! (Guess what Chinese Medicine can help you stay that way.)

Need hard evidence? The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes over 100 conditions for which acupuncture is effective based on controlled research. In addition, The National Institute of Health (NIH) issued a Consensus Statement in 1997 identifying similar conditions for which the efficiency of acupuncture has been shown.

The following modalities are considered to be part of Chinese Medicine and are used at VAST:

  • Acupuncture
  • Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
  • Ashi Point (Dry Needling)
  • Moxibustion
  • Cupping
  • Gua Sha
  • Herbal Therapy
  • Nutritional Therapy