Some thoughts...

I am a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California and a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine as certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I received my Masters degree from Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine located in Santa Monica, California and then completed Matt Callison's one-year certification program in Sports Medicine Acupuncture in San Diego, California.  

 

Eastern Medicine, also called "Oriental Medicine" (OM) or Traditional Chinese Medicine" (TCM), among other names, offered me possibilities and solutions to my own health issues that were much more appealing than the surgery and drugs Western Medicine offered me at that time. Eastern Medicine resonated with me because of its focus on treating people as individuals with unique conditions, requiring individualized solutions to each of our specific health issues. There is no "one-size-fits-all" kind of treatment in this medicine because each person's history, diet, and lifestyle are unique to them. There are a variety of ways to work with each person to help reduce pain, relax the mind, and alleviate many symptoms. This is done through modalities such as acupuncture, therapeutic massage, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, qi gong, exercise, diet, and herbs. 

 

Eastern Medicine can help to strengthen us when we have weakness and deficiency and it can also help us to release excess and reduce stress when our systems are overwhelmed. It is not a magic bullet, but it is generally a very safe, effective, and holistic approach to healthcare. I like a medicine that gives people power and responsibility and considers them a partner in their own health. That is the approach I try to bring to my practice. Many people have an immediate positive shift in their condition after a single treatment, but often a condition has been developing over a period of time and one treatment may not turn the problem around. The idea is to help train or retrain the body-mind-spirit to function optimally and this usually comes from the cumulative effect of several treatments. While a single day at the gym does not result in a 10-pound weight loss, it is a step toward committing to a long-term health regimen. Similarly, one acupuncture treatment may not solve a problem, but it may be the first step in turning around a long-term health issue.

 

After traveling up to Humboldt County to visit my mother for the past several years, my husband and I moved up here in 2017 to finally make our home where we have always belonged. We are so happy to be here!