Whenever I speak with a group of people about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I always start with this question…
The question will usually raise few eyebrows. This question gets to the heart of what TCM is all about, the health and vitality of your organs! When we have symptoms, it is our organ’s way of telling us that there is something wrong with our health. In modern western times, we either ignore symptoms or we medicate them. This leads us down the path of decline. Add years to that and you start to see more and more problems related to your health.
Upon your first visit, I will ask you many questions about your body. This helps me identify which organs need support. Often people will come in seeking treatment for one concern, for example “sinus problems.” By Asking the right questions, we may find out that they are also having headaches, acid reflux, sleep disturbances, chronic low energy, anxiety, menstrual problems, and random aches and pains. All of these symptoms can be connected to an imbalance in the liver. Treat the liver and all your symptoms will be relieved!
Treatment includes the use of small needles along a meridian pathway. This action alters the way your organs function. Treatments are deeply relaxing and you will see changes in your body almost immediately.
I also use herbal medicine, which I call “our pharmacology.” Almost all herbs come from plants. They are safe, effective, and cause no harm to any other part of your body. One aspect of herbal medicine that I absolutely love is that we create a formula for your constitution. We do not standardize our medicine or your body. Each person is unique and is treated as such.
One of my favorite aspects of TCM is lifestyle education. Many of our habits can be directly connected to our poor health. It is so important to have an advocate to guide you along the path to being well. So, whether it is diet, exercise, useful tools, mindfulness, and/or stress reduction, I will educate and support you in making changes that will benefit your over all health.
If I were to pick one word that would sum up my personality, it would be explorer! I find great pleasure in exploring all aspects of the world I live in. Physically, I love to challenge myself. I started rock climbing when I was 45 and love it, I am a life long practitioner of yoga, I love hiking, cycling, running, and seeing personal my trainer. I am an avid traveler, and lover of languages, culture, architecture, food, history, religion, and people. I love nature, I am happiest when I am outside either hiking a trail, looking at the stars, or watching an eagle fly. I find great pleasure and meaning in trees, flowers, bugs, water, dirt, and sun. I am deeply fulfilled by simple being outside.
Anyone who knows me knows that I take great pride in being there for my nieces. They have taught me much about life and they are the reason I do most everything!
When I found my career in TCM, I felt like it had been made for me. Being a practitioner requires an explorers mind. I sometimes have to search for the right reason or right next step to treat conditions. It really gives me great satisfaction!