Acupuncture & Herbs

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive system of health care with clinical tradition dating back to A.D.600.  It includes: acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork (cupping, moxa, gua sha), nutrition and exercise.

How does Chinese Medicine work:

The ancient Chinese recognized the vital energy behind all life forms called Qi (chi).

In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called ‘meridians’. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.  Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon body. An Acupuncturist chooses specific acupuncture points to rid the body of pain and disease by helping “qi” flow along these pathways uninhibited.  Each acupuncture treatment is individualized for the person receiving the treatment.

Acupuncture, herbal therapy, bodywork and nutrition are accepted by the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) for treatment of over 200 common medical conditions. Visit the NIH website for more information about Acupuncture and a comples: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction.htm

The NIH estimates that over 8.2 million US adults have used acupuncture in the past and its popularity is growing due to its high level of effectiveness and low risk.

Acupuncture can treat:

(FYI: acupuncture needles are about as thin as a piece of hair.)

Acupuncture can effectively treat a variety of ailments.

Below is a small list of the variety of ailments that acupuncture can successfully treat:

Pain Management:

Automotive Accident Injuries (i.e. whiplash etc…)
• All muscular-skeletal pain
• Pain from herniated disc
• Pain due to sprains, contusions, or fractures
• Sciatica
• Arthritis
• Headache
• Migraine
• Neuropathy
• Tendonitis
• Bursitis
• Plantar fasciitis
• Frozen shoulder syndrome
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• TMJ
• Postoperative surgical pain

Women’s Health & Fertility (click to be directed to page)

Weight Loss:
• Craving reduction
• Hunger reduction
21 Day Cleanse

Neurological Conditions:
• Trigeminal neuralgia
• Bell’s palsy
• Post-Stroke
• Dizziness and Vertigo
• Stroke (CVA) and rehabilitation

Digestive System:
• Epigastric Pain
• Mal-digestion – causing gas, bloating and discomfort
• Acid Reflux
• Abdominal Pain – including ulcers and colitis
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Hemorrhoids
• Nausea and Vomiting (as well as these symptoms when they are related to Chemotherapy resulting from cancer treatment including fatigue, insomnia, anorexia and diarrhea)

Respiratory:
• Common Cold
• Cough
• Sinusitis
• Allergies
• Asthma
• Bronchitis

Emotional/Pshychological Ailments
• Stress, anger, irritability
• Anxiety (PTSD, Panic Attacks)
• Depression
• Insomnia

To learn more or make an appointment please call 503.308.9363, email Sita Symonette, L.Ac. at blackpearlacupuncture@gmail.com or request an appointment here.