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We will discuss your health concerns, perform a Chinese pulse reading, and assess the best treatment options for you.
New Patient Health Assessment
All first time patients must schedule this assessment before any treatments will be provided. It includes a comprehensive review of your health history, medications, and supplements. We will discuss your current challenges and goals to provide an optimal care plan. Blood pressure, eastern & western pulses are taken along with a physical exam to include tongue, skin, nails, muscular and/or neurological testing along with range of motion. Referrals to other health care providers may be recommended.
Chinese Pulse Diagnosis is considered to be the most accurate way to detect patterns of ill health by reading subtle signs of distress within the body. The art of pulse diagnosis involves interpreting the flow of blood through the radial artery at the wrists. In the hands of an expert practitioner, the pulse can reveal many of these common health concerns. Robert Doane has revitalized teaching this ancient art to practitioners of acupuncture for the last 15 years around the globe. Cassandra Wind at Trinity Acupuncture & Wellness has dedicated herself to mastering Chinese pulse diagnosis and uses it daily in her treatment protocol.
Natural ~ Safe ~ Effective ~ Drug-Free
Acupuncture, or zhenjiu, as it is called in Chinese, is an ancient form of needle therapy which is gaining more and more popularity in the Western world for the treatment of sleep issues, acute and chronic pain.
During a treatment, very thin, solid, hairlike needles are inserted at specific points on the body. In Chinese, these points are called “neural nodes” (jie) and the stimulation of these nodes affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain-relieving properties. If you have pain that is lingering or is not being treated by other modalities, then acupuncture offers a time-tested, very reliable method of pain relief.
Common complaints our integrative medicine approach can treat include:
- Insomnia & Sleep Issues
- Acne, Eczema & Psoriasis
- Allergies & Sinus Pain
- Anxiety & Depression
- Arthritis, Joint Pain & Osteoporosis
- Asthma & Respiratory Issues
- Back Pain & Sciatica
- Bloating, Constipation & Diarrhea
- Carpal Tunnel & Hand Pain
- Cold & Flu Symptoms
- Digestive Complaints & Nausea
- Elbow Pain from Golf or Tennis
- Fatigue & Stress
- Headaches, Dizziness, Vertigo
- Neck & Shoulder Pain & Stiffness
- Pregnancy & Post Partum Recovery Issues
- Pre-Surgical & Post Surgical Recovery
- PTSD & Sexual Assault Recovery
- Tendonitis & Foot Pain
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
- Sleep Issues
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Motor-Coordination Impairments
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Orthopedic Problems
- Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Infantile Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Chronic Fatigue
- Emotional Difficulties
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Post-Surgical Dysfunction
Combo Session: 30 minute Acupuncture with 30 minute Craniosacral Session
I recommend this particular therapies when you need that extra pampering to relax and de-stress!
Cupping therapy has been part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years. Originally, animal horn was used for cupping, later on brass, ceramic, and bamboo cups were used. Today, we use glass cups in a variety of different sizes. The practitioner applies heat in a cup and then applies that cup to the body, most commonly on the back. The heat creates a vacuum effect and draws the skin up into the cup. The result is a movement of fresh blood to the area, release of toxins, acupuncture point stimulation, increased circulation of blood and lymph, relaxation of tight muscles, and reduced inflammation.
Cupping does leave noticeable marks similar to a bruise or hickey that is sometimes referred to as “cup kisses”. Although they can look alarming, they are not painful and will disappear on their own within 3-7 days. Most commonly, cupping is used for aches and pains of various types including low back and leg pain, neck and shoulder tension, and fibromyalgia. It also helps open up the chest and benefits the lungs to treat respiratory problems such as cough, bronchitis, asthma, and the like. It can even benefit menstrual problems and digestive problems including stomach aches, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Moxibustion evolved thousands of years ago in early northern China. It is part of traditional Chinese medical practices and came about at the same time as acupuncture. Moxibustion involves the burning of moxa, an herbal wool made from the leaves of the Mugwort plant, over specific acupoints. The moxa is often formed into a small cone and placed on the tip of a needle or rolled into a cigar-like shape and passed over the skin in wave-like motions. The radiant heat produced by moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body to restore balance, promote circulation, and reduce pain. This form of treatment, usually combined with acupuncture, is indicated for improving general health and treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, digestive disorders, pain, infertility, ulcers, and many other ailments.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Using the most sophisticated form of natural medicine in the world, many common health problems and diseases can be effectively treated with this natural and safe approach.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical science based in physiological functionality. This comprehensive system boasts its own diagnostic techniques and treatment modalities which include acupuncture and herbal prescriptions. The cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine is Chinese herbology, which has been continually practiced and documented for over 2,500 years. It is one of the most sophisticated clinical systems in the world in terms of analyzing patterns of ill health and successfully resolving problems.
Unlike Western herbology, which promotes single herbs with singular benefits, Chinese herbology uses herbs in concert to treat multiple disorders at the same time. Our pharmacy contains many proprietary herbal formulas designed to tonify the human body and increase vitality. Herbs can be very powerful, but to be effective they must be prescribed based on a proper diagnosis and administered on an individual basis. Our pharmacy is located on premises. Patients can see the compounding process of individual formulas from hundreds of Chinese herbs.
Chinese nutritional counseling uniquely differs from modern Western nutrition where it recognizes the characteristic and therapeutic properties of foods instead of analyzing the chemical constituents of them. The advantage of this approach lies in its ability to customize for every individual’s needs. Furthermore, Chinese nutrition takes into consideration such factors as method of preparation, constitution, stage of disease, season, and one’s geographical location in determining the appropriate diet.
Nutrition is a very important element of the complete Traditional Chinese Medicine system. It is one of both disease prevention and healing. Many diseases and symptoms can be treated with dietary changes alone; however, it often takes longer and requires the utmost compliance and dedication on the patient’s behalf. Unfortunately, today’s population has a poor concept of what constitutes a good diet. Our fast paced lifestyle often gives nutritious eating a low priority. At the same time, controversial dietary regimes and a vast array of fad diets add even more confusion to modern day eating habits. As a result, we see rapid deterioration in the quality of people’s lives in the form of obesity, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and other avoidable conditions of modern life.