“Chinese Medicine instructs us to perceive the way the world functions and re-create harmony within the context of the whole.”
-Authors of Between Heaven and Earth
Chinese Medicine is a healthcare system that has been utilized safely and effectively for thousands of years. It is considered a holistic form of healthcare because, through its lens, a patient is treated as a whole human being worth more than the sum of their parts. Though it can be a standalone treatment, it is also a perfect complement to standard allopathic care. Athletes, kids, elders, skeptics, and even pets can benefit from Chinese Medicine therapeutics.
Acupuncture – the insertion of needles into the skin at specific points in order to stimulate the body’s natural healing response – is one of many modalities included under the umbrella of Chinese Medicine. As a Chinese Medicine provider, I can also prescribe herbal medicinals to patients. These medicinals, called “formulas”, are naturally occurring powerful substances that can enhance healing with few to no side effects and can often be taken in convenient pill forms. In addition to acupuncture and herbs, I use a heating form of therapy called moxibustion, and practice bodywork therapies such as cupping, gua sha, tuina, and shiatsu. Finally, I offer nutritional, movement, and lifestyle guidance to my patients for truly holistic healing.
As a Chinese Medicine provider I can treat very specific complaints—body pains, headaches, infertility, digestive complaints, anxiety, and much more—but my intention will be to treat even more than your obvious symptoms. My goal is to work so thoroughly that I treat whatever caused your ailments to begin with and therefore prevent them from reoccurring and from progressing into another unwanted condition. This is why it is very common to come to acupuncture for one complaint and to leave your treatments feeling relieved of many others as well.
The professional training required to be a Chinese Medicine provider in Massachusetts is 3-4 years of full time study at an accredited institution; passing NCCAOM national board exams in Acupuncture Points, Acupuncture Theory and Practice, Herbal Medicine, and Biomedicine; and approval for licensure by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.
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