The older we get, the more the injuries of our youth plague us. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are very successful in quickly relieving the persistent pains of old horse falls, rodeo injuries, accidents, and car crashes.
Chinese medicine offers an individualized treatment strategy for your particular problems and lifestyle. Many chronic issues can be altered with acupuncture, exercises and herbs so that you can return to doing the things you love.
No, I won't tell you to quit eating meat! But diet is an essential part of health. Your food is your first medicine. Fortunately we live in an area where we have access to good game and beef, and farm fresh vegetables.
Many conditions (eg. hot flashes!) are quite responsive to what you eat and when you eat it.
Chinese medicine has a long history of herbal formulas to alleviate irregular, painful or heavy periods. Generally this takes about 3 to 6 months, although you will feel a difference cycle by cycle.
For men, there are classic formulas for better performance, endurance, and fertility.
It is expected that if someone is ill or in pain, they will not be in the best of moods, so any treatment for pain or chronic problems will include treatment to calm the mind and relieve anger and frustration.
However, I do find that longstanding clinical depression or schizophrenia work better with Western drugs.
Recovering from injuries, surgeries or health setbacks takes longer as we get older. But that does not mean that a good recovery is not available - it sometimes means you work in a different way to assure your healing than you would if you were 30 or 40. Slow and steady, with attention to detail and breath is key for older bodies. Chinese medicine, with Chi Gong exercises and herbs excels at helping to regain your mobility and vitality.
Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body to move the qi. The needles are moved by hand to provide a mechanical stimulation or attached to an electrical stimulation machine to give a slight electrical pulse. Needle insertion often feels like a faint pin prick, and most people do not find it objectionable. After insertion there is usually a feeling of deep relaxation or clearing in the body. Many people fall asleep during treatments.
I have been trained in both Japanese and Chinese needle techniques. If you have a preference, let me know.
I use disposable, single use needles of varying gauges.
Herbs and diet are an integral part of Chinese Medicine. Your first medicine is the food you eat; we discuss this at length, as many American problems are due to poor dietary choices. Chinese herbal tradition spans more than 2000 years of written texts, and there are many classic formulas for common problems.
Traditionally your practitioner would adjust the classic formula to reflect your constitution and specific symptoms. One of the beauties of Chinese Medicine is its attention to detail. Formulas are customized to fit your symptoms and are adjusted as your symptoms change and disappear.
The combination of acupuncture and massage is especially effective in rebalancing muscles and nerve impulses. Synergistic effects means that you need fewer appointments and get more out of each session.
I have been giving massages for over 40 years, professionally since 1992. I have developed special techniques of my own for relieving pain, calming the nerves and letting go of stress, so your body can heal and your mind can relax.My hands know what they are doing and the sore places unwind. I use a mix of deep tissue, swedish, sacral cranial and myofascial release techniques as needed.
Chi Gong (also spelled Qi gong) is a traditional Chinese system of breath and movement exercises that promote health and awareness. Chi Gong styles vary, from exercises for martial arts and academics to medical and spiritual forms. I was taught Medical Chi Gong by Master Yue Shi in the 90s, and have been teaching and practicing it ever since. I plan to teach again Prineville once we are in the new location. The sessions are 6 weeks each so that there is a complete set learned each time, and so that new students can easily be integrated into the class. Call or text if you want to come.
Moxibustion, Cupping, and Gua Sha are all forms of Chinese medicine, used for various conditions. Moxa ( a heat treatment) is commonly used for arthritis, and is especially useful for the hands and feet. I use cupping to relieve sore muscles, help with colds and flus, and also for specialty facial acupuncture sessions. Gua Sha is a great choice for athletes and others who have strongly bound fascia.
There are many techniques beyond these. I have been studying healing techniques since I was 14. It is my passion.
Facial acupuncture uses the finest of acupuncture needles to stimulate the muscles of the face under the skin, and improves collagen growth which revives the skin elasticity.
It is very useful in both wrinkle reduction and in conditions such as Bell's Palsy and post stroke or head injuries that have affected the facial muscles.
Interestingly, I have seen a great deal of palsy like facial symptoms since Covid came along. The Gua Sha also is very helpful with the facial nerves and stroke like symptoms.