Wellness is much more than an absence of disease. Overall wellness, integrates the state of our mind, body, and spirit. One can easily be free of disease but not well. You may not feel your best and you know something is wrong, but you can still function. There may be pharmaceutical drugs that can mask your symptoms, but they are not really helping you heal.
Acupuncture can help address the following conditions:
Healing is ultimately a matter of balance. Chinese medicine offers fantastic tools to restore balance, alleviate symptoms, and get you feeling like yourself again. We hope that everyone can be well, healthy, and experience their full potential.
According to Chinese medicine theory, the body contains both yin and yang energies. Yang is our more active state, our physical energy; while yin is quiet and restful, our blood and fluids. We can experience health issues any time this balance of yin and yang is disrupted.
Modern life often contains an excess of yang. We are over-worked, busy, multitasking, and overstimulated. Yang excess puts the nervous system in sympathetic “fight or flight” mode. Chronic activation of the sympathetic nervous system leads to insomnia, an inability to properly digest and eliminate, headaches, a constant feeling of stress, and eventually fatigue. It also causes inflammation in the body which over activates the immune system, leading to allergies and autoimmune conditions.
A deficiency of yang can result from being in an overstimulated state for too long and eventually “burning out.” Early signs of yang deficiency are feeling cold, cold hands and feet, slow and weak digestion, loose bowel movements, lack of energy, and depression. Hypothyroidism and Raynaud’s disease can occur with yang deficiency.
An excess of Yin can develop from a lack of activity and the consumption of overly rich, fatty, greasy, sugary foods. Yin excess is seen as weight gain, lethargy, fatigue, foggy brain, and the accumulation of mucus. Yin excess makes one feel slow and unmotivated.
Yin deficiency occurs when we exhaust our energy reserves and begin burning out our blood and fluids. Yin deficiency signs are dry throat, dry skin and hair, feeling of heat in the chest or palms, feeling hot in the evenings, sweating at night, poor sleep, lower backache, weak knees, and frequent urination. In women, a decline in menstrual blood is seen. In addition, the body’s joints and tendons lose lubrication and become dry and achy.
To restore the body to optimal health, we identify imbalances of the yin and yang energies. We use acupuncture and additional tools such as herbal medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle recommendations, to rebalance the yin and yang. Once Yin and Yang are in harmony, disease symptoms begin to diminish.