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Classical Chinese Acupuncture

Together with Chinese herbal medicine and bodywork, patients can experience amazing results. There are many different styles of acupuncture. At Groundswell, I practice a traditional Chinese style as well as gentle Japanese techniques.

Traditional acupuncture uses solid needles which are shallowly inserted into acupuncture points on the skin. The needles are sterile, only used once, and then go into medical waste.

Stimulating these points can correct imbalances in the flow of qi through the meridians of the body. Activating and directing the qi stimulates the recuperative powers of the body and enhances the body’s innate ability to return to balance.


Engaging Vitality

Osteopathic Techniques with Classical Chinese Medicine

Engaging Vitality is an approach to acupuncture that is based on palpation. We rely on the patient's body to inform the treatment.  Using palpation techniques applied in Osteopathic medicine (such as Cranial Sacral Therapy), the practitioner is guided by the fluid rhythms of the body.

I find that these treatments are better informed, use fewer needles, can be extremely gentle and still very profound. By listening to the various forms of information in the body (pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, abdominal palpation, yang rhythm/primary respiration, manual thermal exam, general listening, local listening, channel listening, yin fluid rhythm, etc) a practitioner can adapt the treatment to exactly what the patient's body needs that day.

This approach to acupuncture can address all aspects of the human experience: body, mind, and spirit.