Elizabeth's acupuncture style is unique in this area, and even in the country. While most acupuncturists practice TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), she has pursued advanced training in several Japanese Acupuncture styles, including Meridian Therapy, studying with renowned teachers Stephen Brown and Atsuki Maeda, and Kiiko Matsumoto style acupuncture, which she learned from Kiiko herself.
In Japanese Acupuncture, the main focus of treatment is to make the patient as comfortable and relaxed as possible, lulling you into the state most conducive for healing. This is seen in the gentle needle techniques, and the use of a guide tube to make insertion painless. Japanese styles of acupuncture also rely heavily on palpation, or diagnostic touching, for diagnosis and treatment. You'll experience this as a careful touch of your arms, legs, abdomen and/or back to locate treatment points and lead the practitioner to your core imbalance. This palpation-based style is extremely effective while being very minimally invasive.
To enhance treatments and make them even more effective, Elizabeth also utilizes a number of adjunct therapies, including an Asian massage technique called tui-na, cupping, a scraping technique called gua sha, and an herbal heat therapy known as moxibustion.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treat everything that Western medicine treats, but without drugs or surgery. This includes:
Flower elixirs, or essences, are subtle herbal remedies that work on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Compared to essential oils, they are completely safe to take internally, and do not interfere with any medications, herbs or other therapies you may be using. Both my patients and I have found them to be extremely beneficial for relieving stress and anxiety, releasing emotional trauma from the body, combatting anger and depression, and much, much more. A consultation can be included with your acupuncture treatment if you wish, and you will leave with a custom flower essence formula to take at home.
Essential oils can be a great healing ally when used properly. The process of making these oils distills the volatile, aromatic compounds from plant matter and creates a very concentrated final product. We mix complex formulas for patients using the sophisticated diagnosis techniques of Chinese Medicine, and teach patients how to use them safely and effectively. An essential oil consultation can be included in your acupuncture treatment if you're interested, and your formula will be mixed for you to take home.