I first became interested in Chinese medicine in college at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. I had been struggling with allergies and recurrent colds and sinus infections since high school. No matter what, it seemed like I was always stuffed up and always tired. I tried many medications – but nothing seemed to offer lasting relief. On a whim, a friend and I attended a free lecture on Chinese medicine. I had never even heard of acupuncture and certainly had never considered what it might offer me in the ways of healing. Intrigued and on yet another whim, I decided to give acupuncture a try. It changed my life. I bid my nasal sprays, decongestants and anti-histamines farewell. Now, I was breathing better, eating better, and sleeping better. Not only that, I developed a deeper awareness of my life that ultimately gave me a purpose. I wanted to make better, healthier choices for myself, and I wanted to help other people, who had struggled just as I had, do the same.
After graduating from college, I moved to Asheville, North Carolina. I worked as an acupuncturist’s assistant at the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic, the largest acupuncture practice in the southeast. Then, I enrolled in Asheville’s own Chinese medicine school, Daoist Traditions College of Oriental Medicine. Upon graduating, I became certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. I have also studied in China with Dr. Wang Ju-Yi. I practiced at Asheville Community Acupuncture until moving to Nashville. I am now licensed within Tennessee and working at Green Hills Natural Health Clinic with Steve Blumenthal, LAc.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) helps many patients seeking emotional balance. Both acupuncture and herbal medicine can ease stress, calm anxiety and uplift depression. Acupuncture subdues the sympathetic nervous system, also called the “flight or fright” response. Because energy is diverted away from renewal and regeneration, a body that is continuously under stress is more susceptible to chronic degenerative diseases. Many patients find that by treating their emotional symptoms, many of their physical symptoms also improve. Improved sleep, better digestion, increased immunity and a decrease in chronic pain are but a few examples of what TCM can do for you.
Although there are many pain-relieving treatments available, pain itself is an indication that there is a problem somewhere in the body. Many pain remedies simply mask symptoms with the hope that the body will heal itself. Acupuncture decreases pain levels while encouraging the body’s own healing response. Acupuncture improves pain by: 1) relaxing muscles to ease spasms, 2) reducing inflammation and swelling, 3) increasing circulation and 4) raising endorphin levels and lessening the nervous system’s pain response.
Acupuncture combined with better nutrition can offer relief for many digestive complaints, including constipation, IBS, acid reflux, frequent bloating, colitis and Crohn’s disease. Certain acupuncture points can relax GI smooth muscle and regulate gastric acid secretion. Often times, herbs and supplements are recommended to alleviate specific symptoms.
Whether you are an athlete or a “weekend warrior,” acupuncture helps with many common sports injuries. Many professional sports teams use acupuncture to accelerate healing and resolve stubborn ailments. The most common injuries include: tennis elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, trick knee, golfer’s elbow, low back strain, ankle sprain, and tendonitis. Acupuncture reduces pain, increase range of motion, and decreases swelling and bruising.
Chinese Medicine should not be considered a miracle treatment for cancer. However, it can be extremely effective in addressing the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatment. It can reduce nausea and vomiting, increase energy, and boost the body’s own immune system.
Acupuncture increases blood flow to the reproductive organs, reduces stress, and helps balance hormones. Traditional Chinese Medicine can be used to enhance your fertility whether you are trying to conceive naturally or using assisted reproductive procedures. Click here to learn more…
Poor nutrition, stress, lack of sleep and exposure to toxic chemicals can all lead to a compromised immune system. When the immune system is weakened, allergies, chronic sinus congestion, frequent colds, and general malaise can result. According to the National Institute of Health and other published studies, Traditional Chinese Medicine can increase white blood cells and natural killer cell activity. Chinese herbs can also be prescribed to dry excessive mucus, relieve sinus pressure, heal a sore throat, and clear lung congestion.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers gentle, effective methods to resolve many menstrual irregularities. Acupuncture can improve circulation and relax smooth muscle associated with menstrual pain and cramping. Chinese herbs can have hormone mimicking actions that resolve PMS, perimenopause symptoms, and PCOS.
Many women are looking for more natural alternatives to some of the conditions that may arise during pregnancy. When administered by a licensed professional, acupuncture is a safe treatment with no negative side effects for mother or fetus. Acupuncture can also be used effectively to promote labor, helping women avoid medical interventions like pitocin induction or caesarean sections.