Understanding the Benefits of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine [your practical simple guide]
I hear it all the time: What does acupuncture do? How does it work? What are the benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Keep reading and I will explain.
Really, it’s simple: acupuncture removes energetic blockages that prevent the free flow of our blood and nervous system signals.
When we have energetic blockages, signals can’t get through, oxygen and other nutrients can’t reach every cell, waste products can’t be properly eliminated, complex hormonal messages get bungled, and then eventually we get symptoms of pain, brain fog, fatigue, etc.
Acupuncture works to free up the flow of energy in the channels of the body, which are like blood vessels and nerves, a complex system of highways, roads, streams, creeks, rivers, bridges, that connect every part of us with every other part.
Herbal medicine works on the deeper organ level. It corrects the functioning of our liver system, our cardiovascular system, our lymph system, our genitourinary system, our cognition, and emotions, etc.
Together, it’s a complete system of healthcare and does not compartmentalize each body part or each organ. A lot of my patients like this because in conventional medicine there is a different doctor for every body part, but no one is looking at the whole. Chinese Medicine has principles based on natural law, so the whole is accounted for.
Still boggled? Still curious? Me too! And so are my colleagues! We marvel at the beauty and amazement of this medicine every day, and never take for granted the grand design of the human organism. But we do love to apply it and see it work!
Follow me on the social media and ask me anything you want to know about the benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine! I am happy to help.
Energy Flow Health Now Open in Naperville! Your Way to Digestive and Hormonal Balance.
Presenting Energy Flow Health
A little over a year ago, I struck out on my own and created my own practice. I named it Energy Flow Health because we all want more energy and encouraging healthy flow is the way to get it! Now my practice finally has a new home in Naperville!
Years ago, I had a dream for my future practice – to be in a wellness center with other like-minded practitioners in a beautiful light-filled space, a whole building, dedicated to helping others to heal themselves, so that we all can go out and heal this troubled world of ours. Then, sooner than I’d imagined, I was introduced to a group that wanted me to join them!
I’m so excited to tell you that the doors are finally open at Estuary Center for Living & Healing Arts. The parking lot still needs paving, and the landscaping will come with the spring blossoms, But the beautiful inside is painted and the bed heaters are turned on!!
Services Offered at Estuary
You may be curious at this point: what is Estuary Center? Who is there besides me? I actually came in later in the vision of this wellness center. Several women had begun planning its inception years earlier and became its founding members. They are therapists, psychologists, but mostly healers, like me. Throw into the mix several massage therapists, an art therapist, a Doctor of Integrated Manual physical therapy, and a Functional Medicine Chiropractor and you have Estuary! Together, we’re bringing an invigorating synthesis of mind-body-spirit care.
More about the Benefits of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in my other blog post here.
I hope when you walk through the doors that you will immediately feel cared for and more relaxed, as we’ve designed the space to be a sanctuary and respite.
I have appointment times available now throughout the week and am ready to take on new and old patients. Please call me to make an appointment, or if you would like a free 15-minute consultation.
Namaste, I look forward to serving you. Please, get in touch with me if you have any questions (630) 335-1069.
Visit us at:
Naperville, IL 60565
Acupuncture results – what can you expect?
Many of my patients are pleasantly surprised when they start to see results from acupuncture. For one, they often see benefits after the first or second visit. And for two, some of the benefits they get aren’t the ones they originally came in for. What strange effects am I referring to you may ask?
Examples of Acupuncture Benefits
Here’s a common example. Someone comes in for irritable bowel syndrome. Or neck pain. You name it. When I see them after the first or second visit – they report being more relaxed and having slept really well after their treatment. These are people that also had come originally with stress or sleep difficulties.
Another example is someone who comes in for fertility and they report their constipation improving or disappearing. Yet another example is someone coming in for constipation and not only does constipation improve, but the headaches they’d get several times a week have been gone for weeks!
Basically, people seek acupuncture usually for the one or two symptoms that concern them most or interfere with their day to day functioning, but rarely is it just a single problem that is plaguing them. Too often people are dealing with so many issues that may just become a part of their fabric, and they’ve adapted to the pain, discomfort, fatigue, etc., and don’t consider that all those signs are abnormal and can be helped.
And I know I say this all the time but, yet again, that is another thing I just LOVE about my job!! I am here to take into account ALL your signs and symptoms, all your troubles if you will, and to make sense of what is causing ALL of it. Usually it’s all interrelated, much to the astonishment of my patients when I tell them their rib pain and neck pain are one in the same, or that the frequent urination is related to the knee soreness, or that the bloating and gas are related to the headaches, or that their period pain and anxiety have the same source.
If you haven’t experienced the magic of acupuncture yet, or if you have a friend or relative that you think can benefit from a few good side effects, please give me a call at 630-335-1069 directly to get started!
Acupuncture for Anxiety. Explore your treatment options.
What is the most common mental illness in the US? If you answered anxiety, you got it. 18% of the country’s adult population suffers from an anxiety disorder.
Conventional Anxiety Treatment
The major treatment for anxiety and depression in the US today is SSRIs or SNRIs, which are two classes of drugs that affect how much of two neurotransmitters, serotonin and norepinephrine, are absorbed vs available. These neurotransmitters affect mood. So the theory is to block how much of them get absorbed so more is available and more mood regulation will result
What’s the catch to using these drugs? Well, these drugs can have side effects. And they are often prescribed long-term to indefinitely.
How Is anxiety viewed in Chinese Medicine?
We classify anxiety in terms of Chinese Medicine as a type of hyperactivity affecting the Heart. I capitalize this word to indicate that it is a representation of functions in the Chinese Medical theory that is different from the actual organ in your chest. The Heart in CM overlaps much with our idea of the mind. It governs sleep and mood and our outlook. Anxiety therefore is an imbalance that affects the Heart, yet we seek to find the underlying cause for why this imbalance exists by taking into account your tongue analysis, pulse analysis, abdominal palpatory analysis, and other signs and symptoms.
Natural Drug-Free Treatment
What if you could reduce or end your anxiety without drugs? Did you know that Chinese Medicine heals the body and the mind? To an acupuncturist, the two are not separate but just like you are one whole person, our system of medicine takes all symptoms and signs into account in order to arrive at an effective treatment plan.
Anxiety is actually a sign of imbalance in the body, so when seeking natural treatment an acupuncturist applies holistic techniques to ease your mind and body out of disorder.
In addition to addressing your unique imbalances with acupuncture, we also sometimes incorporate natural herbal and nutritional remedies to support the body’s own ability to heal. Herbal remedies include things like roots, leaves, seeds that are cooked or processed to make their essences available to the body for absorption, and nutritional supplements include things like vitamins or minerals or amino acids that we may be deficient in or that in certain doses exert a therapeutic effect.
I’ve personally had great success in treating anxiety in my clinic, and I enjoy seeing people get back to how they felt before anxiety took over. Here are my Services I provide in my clinic. Contact me today to schedule your visit.
Do you really understand what these tiny needles can do for you? Is acupuncture a vague concept to you?
Well, I am biased seeing as I do this for a living, but honestly, this medicine is rooted in universal laws of nature, and it works the same way the sun, earth, night, day, wind, cold, and heat exist and work around us. As around us, so within us.
In this video, I break it down to the simplest terms, using every day analogies that really give the picture of what the needles do for your body to resolve symptoms aka blockages in your body’s energy channels (also referred to as meridians). Take a minute to watch it, and let me know what you think!