Being brought up in an environment full of acupuncturists (most of my relatives are practitioners), I grew up with a firm conviction about the power of Oriental medical therapies and their ability to help heal the body, mind and spirit. It is my desire to share with as many people as possible these healing benefits and to provide such services in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere. I care deeply about those who have entrusted me with their needs and seek to do my best in helping them achieve their goals for increased health and vitality.
Our health cannot be taken for granted…………..it is a work in progress.
Health, defined from an Oriental medical perspective, is the ability of an organism to respond appropriately to a wide variety of challenges in such a manner that insures maintaining equilibrium and integrity. In fact, the body is programmed to constantly regenerate and restore itself. However, there are times when the body has lost its ability to adapt appropriately. Acupuncture works by creating a shift away from the current imbalances in energy patterns. This creates a window of opportunity for change and reminds the body how to resume its normal function.
Understanding this, good health is, therefore, not defined as purely the absence of symptoms. In fact, by the time most symptoms surface, the body has already been out of balance for some time and they surface to get our attention.
People choose to use acupuncture for a variety of reasons, depending on their unique needs and personal goals. One of the most exciting contributions of Oriental medicine is how it can be used so effectively on a preventative basis. Using thorough examination techniques, such as questioning, diagnostic touch, pulse diagnosis and tongue diagnosis, an acupuncturist can determine if your system is out of balance, even prior to the onset of symptoms.
There are some conditions such as injuries, acute illness, or symptoms with recent onset for which the patient can expect a quick and complete recovery and will probably not need follow-up care. For others, who may have been ill or exhibiting symptoms for an extended period of time, treatment is much more like a process. It takes a while to create lasting changes in the improper energy patterns that are creating the illness. In these cases, acupuncture works best for those who want to be actively engaged in their own care and who are willing to make additional lifestyle changes which will improve their ability to heal. For patients with degenerative diseases, or even terminal illness, acupuncture may not be curative but can provide needed relief and can vastly improve their quality of life.
Whatever the needs or goals may be, I am available to assist in meeting them. Over the last 15 years, I have been honored to have had the opportunity to work with so many fine people and look forward to sharing with others the healing benefits of Oriental Medicine.
Director, ACURA Acupuncture Clinic