Welcome to Living Arts Acupuncture!
Oriental medicine is a call to live life more gracefully, more in-tune with wholeness. I offer guidance rather than intervention, measure progress rather than compliance, and encourage empowerment rather than dependence. The benefits are good health, resilience and inner peace.
Oriental medicine is comprised of five branches: acupuncture, medical massage (tuina), herbs, dietary therapy, and meditative or martial arts exercises including qigong and taichi. The best practitioners of Oriental healing arts will be trained in all or several of the above modalities.
My approach is always holistic. Mind and body are not separate: emotions often manifest through the body, while physical maladies can affect our mental outlook. In order to maximize wellness, I work with three basic principles of balance, circulation and conservation.
Balance is the key to harmony and peace. We can manifest it in our lives for example by balancing work and play, rest and exercise, responsibility and freedom. In our health, we need to balance our food and fluid intake with what our bodies need, adjust our clothing to the weather, and so on. Sometimes, an imbalance becomes a vicious cycle and needs a little intervention. Acupuncture and herbs are helpful in restoring balance without creating dependence.
The principle of circulation refers primarily to qi (living energy) circulation. Qi is what keeps blood, fluids, and even thoughts, moving well. When it stagnates many things can go wrong: symptoms of stagnation can include pain, swelling or retention. Common causes of stagnation include physical or emotional trauma, stress, worry or other strong emotions. Acupuncture is especially effective for dissipating stagnation. As qi circulation improves, the result is a wonderful sense of ease and comfort in the body and mind. Taichi is also recommended as a daily practice in relaxation – the basis of good circulation.
The principle of conservation asks us to consider our life energies as a limited resource. Much like a bank account, our resources can be spent wisely or foolishly. For example, if we engage frequently in late nights due to either restless worry, overwork, or intemperate pleasure-seeking, we will use up energy. When we are young we may not feel the effects, but as we get older, it all starts to take a toll. On the other hand, if we are careful with our resources, we can invest and even grow our resources in order to live fully and in best possible health to the end.
We have the power to choose better health. Make that choice today!
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