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I practice Channel Theory, a style of acupuncture based on assessing the meridians in order to determine a whole-body pattern causing a symptom or imbalance. Acupuncture channels are energy pathways that travel everywhere in the body, from the tips of the fingers and toes to the organs. First, I assess these channels by palpating between the hands and elbows, and feet and knees. That information, combined with questions, tells me about which channel or body system is affected. Then sterile, single-use needles are used on specific acupuncture points, chosen based on what is being treated. This efficiently and effectively assists the body in correcting the imbalance.
Very frequently, I work on neck and upper back issues. This can be chronic or acute, related to anything including car accidents. Combining deep body-work on the neck and spine with acupuncture, we can open all the channels that go to the head. This can even assist with jaw or sinus issues.
My graduate thesis concerned gu syndrome, a Chinese Medicine diagnosis for many chronic infections, including Lyme disease, autoimmune disorders, food allergies, and so on. I see many of these conditions in my practice. I use a combination of acupuncture and specially designed herbal formulas. I work with my patients to address these issues from all angles.
Appointments take approximately one hour. They typically involve channel assessment, treatment with acupuncture needles or alternatives for those who prefer not to have needles, and body-work when necessary.