Available Modalities

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the most ancient systems of medical science, based on complex concepts which arose from very pure, straightforward understandings of nature, the human body, and empirically researched anatomy and physiology.  Yet it is incredibly accurate and effective – simply another lens through which to view to workings of the human body… Not at odds with Western Medicine at all, but simply framed differently to take into account the whole person, inside and outside.

We offer the following services

And welcome your questions about any of them!

Click on each to learn more

Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves placing very fine needles into particular, carefully-chosen points along the energy channels (meridians) of the body in order to re-harmonize the flow of Qi or life energy which circulates there. Although the concept of ‘Qi’ remains elusive, the practice itself is more and more recognized by modern medical science for its verifiable benefits. It is believed to work by stimulating the central nervous system to influence activity and the release of chemicals by the brain.

Chinese Herbal Therapy

Herbal medicine is an essential component of Chinese Medicine and can be very helpful in treatment of many issues. Herbs are rarely given alone, but combined into complex formulas designed to maximize the benefits of each to target a specific condition or help correct general imbalances. Many well-known formulas are thousands of years old, but your practitioner Kirsten, a fully board-certified and experienced TCM herbalist, can custom-create a formula just for you!

 

Tui Na (Chinese Meridian Massage)

Chinese meridian massage; there is no deep-tissue or heavy pressure here – it is an energetic massage meant to address the channels under the skin where the Qi flows. Acupressure is derived from tai na.

Cupping

Special suction cups applied to large areas such as the back. Most people think this feels wonderful; it generally leaves a round red mark afterward which is painless but can look dramatic (well-known athletes have made this treatment famous).

Chinese Dietary Therapy

An approach to food and diet that is based on TCM principles, and takes into account such things as flavor combinations, temperature, seasonality and cooking method. It can be extremely helpful for such things as weight management and digestive issues, as well as for many chronic conditions; and, if TCM resonates with you as a vehicle for wellness, as another part of a healthy lifestyle!

Qi Gong

Chinese medical/therapeutic exercise. “Qi gong’ translated to ‘the work of Qi”. It is often classified into ‘outer’ and ‘inner’ qi gong. Outer qi gong relates to physical movement, postures, and exercise. It can be for general health or specific issues. Inner is closer to what we think of as meditation.

Community Acupuncture

Acupuncture done in a quiet group setting, using only points on the arms, legs or head that can be accessed while fully clothed. More stream-lined, less involved that private acupuncture with an emphasis on quiet relaxation in a low-lit peaceful community space.

Moxa Therapy

Gentle heating of particular points with the herb Ai Ye known for moving Qi through its warmth. This helps regulate temperature by creating warmth, move blood and Qi to relieve tension or pain, and increase blood flow. Many people find it both energizing and calming.

We will discuss your treatment with you and combine the methods in a way uniquely customized to you, personally, and your concerns.

Community Acupuncture

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