ACUPUNCTURE & HERBAL MEDICINE

Conditions

Acupuncture is most known for pain relief—especially back, neck, joint, and headache pain—but increasingly it is being recognized for its effectiveness in resolving everything from allergies to asthma to digestive disorders to anxiety/depression to menstrual and menopausal symptoms.

The World Health Organization of the United Nations endorses acupuncture as an effective treatment for a vast array of conditions.

I treat everything under the sun, but for more information about specific conditions that are some of my specialties, please click below:

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WOMEN’S HEALTH

Introduction

Increasingly, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are becoming known as safe, affordable, and very effective forms of women’s medicine. Women of all ages are turning to these tried-and-true modalities for relief of symptoms that in days gone by were referred to as “female trouble.”

Women’s health issues are a specialty in my Bellingham practice. In my sessions with the women I treat, I listen carefully to what’s being said and what’s possibly not being said. At each session I ask how a person is doing emotionally, because in Chinese medicine we see no separation between mind and body. Patients are treated gently, respectfully, and with great care.

We explore together whether aspects of daily life such as stress, interpersonal problems, diet, or sleeping habits might be behind symptoms. The sessions are deeply relaxing and restorative, patients usually report significant improvement in symptoms, and changes begin.

Symptoms associated with PMS, perimenopause, and menopause can include periods that are early, late, irregular, heavy, scanty, long, or painful; premenstrual cramping, bloating, breast tenderness and irritability; bleeding between periods; headaches, dizziness, or nausea associated with menstruation; urinary tract infections; yeast infections; fatigue; cystic breast lumps; ovarian cysts; uterine fibroids; herpes; hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, forgetfulness; gastrointestinal disorders; anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Women of the 21st century benefit from advanced scientific information, more conscientious eating and exercising habits, wider access to educational and work opportunities—and as a result the “golden years” will probably be more comfortable, more healthful, and more fulfilling than those of our mothers or grandmothers.

And with more readily available complementary health care modalities such as acupuncture and Chinese medicine, women can keep themselves healthy—mentally, emotionally, and physically—and feel in control of their own well-being.

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In this age of managed care and impersonal group practices, we are all looking for a more individualized approach. Allopathic medicine has become depersonalized, and we are seeking alternatives. A century ago, the family doctor was more holistic—he or she knew three generations of a family, and knew that the mother’s diabetes got worse when the teenager acted up. The family doctor of a century ago could see the big picture. That’s something conventional medicine has lost.

Women have found that level of personalized care in the setting of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Treatments are completely individual and designed to treat specific issues, not one treatment for all women. Changes begin, balance returns.

Please go to individual sections on this site to get more information about specific conditions of interest to you under this heading of Women’s Health. These include Infertility, PMS, Pregnancy/Birth/Post-Partum and Menopause.