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Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, is a holistic system that aims to restore balance and promote healing and health by focuses on the root cause of a disease or disorder while at the same time addressing the symptoms. Each treatment takes your current state into account. Not only is your health condition unique to you but your Chinese Medicine diagnosis may change as your health changes allowing for the fine-tuning of your treatment with each visit. Additional fine tuning includes finding what works best for you by taking into account what you prefer, how you live, what you need, and what you can tolerate. All of these answers contribute to structuring a treatment plan that is workable for your and will produce the greatest long-term results.
The initial interview and treatment take about 1.25 hours. If you are not filling out the intake forms in advance please come an additional 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. Most often there will be a conversation about what has brought you in for treatment where we listen to your concerns, and may ask questions about your overall health. We will discuss your present concerns and your health history which will enable us to tailor a treatment plan specifically targeting your health concerns and goals. In Chinese medicine we take your pulse, look at your tongue and may palpate the meridians (the primary pathways the Qi of your body moves along). From all this information an personalized treatment plan will be synthesized for you, and could include one or several of the following modalities:
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine that originated over 3500 years ago and is currently used by 25% of the world’s population. Acupuncture is based on the concept that there are patterns of energy flow in the body and when these are disrupted, imbalance is created and pain and disease result. Read More…
Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced continually for more than 5000 years. The Chinese Materia Medica (regarded as the most complete and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine) contains entries on thousands of substances, including plant species as well as animal and mineral, many of which are the precursors to western pharmaceutical medicines.
Moxibustion is heat therapy that employs burning herbs on an acupuncture needle or above particular acupuncture points. Most patients enjoy the pleasant smell and soothing quality of the heat. I may use moxibustion to enhance your treatment, depending on your symptoms.
Tui Na is a form of medical massage used to promote circulation, decrease pain and bring your body back into healthy balance. It is used for both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal conditions.
This package is designed to help quit smoking or other addiction concerns. It involves 10 Ear Acupuncture treatments that must be completed in the following manner: three treatments the first week, and at least two treatments the following three weeks. All ten treatments must be completed within four weeks. This treatment plan has been shown to be the most successful in reaching the goals of quitting smoking or the addiction. To be successful all the other normal steps for quitting need to be in place. This is a powerful tool for helping that shift. There is a $25 deposit that is returned upon completion of the series in the prescribed manner.
Romi received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle, Washington in 2003 and is nationally board-certified in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM.
At Tacoma Acupuncture (established in 2003) we specialize in Sports Medicine, Pain management, Stress Management , and PTSD. We have an integrative holistic medicine approach and use Acupuncture, East Asian Medicine, Tuina (Chinese Massage), Manual Therapy and structural integration work.
“My goal is to work with you to help your body optimize its healing ability and reach your health and wellness goals!”
Qi (chee) or energy is one of the roots of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Qi travels throughout the body along pathways called “channels.” Acupuncture points are specific locations along the channels where the Qi is accessible by the use of needles, moxibustion or acupressure. If the flow of Qi is blocked, unbalanced or insufficient, illness may occur. Acupuncture is able to influence and change a person’s health by moving qi and blood. By keeping the normal flow of qi unblocked, and maintaining or restoring health to the body and mind Acupuncture is used to improve health, vitality and wellness.
There have been many studies looking at how Acupuncture helps heal the body, especially in regards to its effectiveness on pain. One theory explains that the Acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals either change the experience of pain or release other chemicals, such as hormones, that influence the body’s self-regulating systems. The biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
While it is still unclear to Western Medicine how Acupuncture works what is clear is that it does work. The World Health Organization has a long list of aliments that it endorses the use of Acupuncture for. These include but are not limited to alleviating pain, the treatment of allergies/asthma, depression, headache, fatigue and sleep disorders, arthritis, neck and low back pain, PMS, digestive disorders, addictions and much more.
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