Chinese Medicine dates back over 2000 years and it's methods are still beautifully applicable today. It's holistic perspective treats the body as a complex network of integrated systems and also recognizes that we are an active and responsive part of the environment that surround us. Our bodies mirror the cycles and rhythms of nature and respond to our environment via our meridian (channel) system. Chinese medicine works to strengthen and balance the circulation of Qi within our meridian system because when our Qi is strong and circulating easily - we are at our optimal health.
Acupuncture uses very fine sterile needles to stimulate specific points along the individual pathways of our meridian system. With the stimulation of these points, acupuncture opens up areas along the channels that have become stagnant. Once the stagnation has cleared, the flow of the Qi can resume and the body is able to utilize it's innate healing power and return to a healthy state. Imagine a stream blocked by sticks and debris, some parts of the stream become murky and thick, others dry and underfed. Once the sticks and debris are removed, the natural flow of the stream can resume - the murkiness clears and the dry areas become full. Like that stream, Qi flows along our meridians and throughout our bodies, bringing nourishment and energy to each part of us.
Chinese herbal formulas can be used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments or as a stand alone medicine. Chinese Herbal Medicine has been in use for thousands of years and it's effectiveness is supported by empirical and clinical research. Some of the herbs used can be found in your kitchen, others are less well-known. The beauty and the strength of chinese herbal formulas comes from understanding the way the individual properties of each herb interact so that when they are combined in a formula, that formula is able to address each aspect of an individual's presentation. Melissa is a certified herbalist and has studied both classical and more modern herbal formulas extensively. Depending on the situation she may recommend a specific formula written and tailored for you or choose from the wide range of prepared formulas she has on hand.