The part can never be well, unless the whole is well.
ACUPUNCTURE is one branch of Chinese Medicine used for over 3000 years to heal and promote balance within body. It is based on the idea that energy (Qi) flows smoothly through the body. Qi moves through the body in an uninterrupted flow; and is considered to be a vital force. Its harmonious flow is critical to sound health. Any blockage, misdirection, disruptions, or imbalance can result in disease, dysfunction and illness. Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into highly energetic points on the body accessing the Qi to promote balance and healing. It is a very gentle process that works with the body's own healing abilities, activating and strengthening them in such a way that the body is reminded of how to heal or function naturally.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE is another significant pillar of Chinese Medicine, it is the use of Chinese herbs. Herbal medicine works by using the same synergistic principles as acupuncture to promote healing and balance for specific conditions; and is tailored to suit the specific needs of the individual. Herbal medicine includes ingredients such as seeds, plants, and roots.
Chinese herbs range from "Food Herbs" which are eaten as part of a healthy diet for nutritional support and preventative maintenance, to "Medicinal Herbs" which are formulated and combined specifically to each person's body constitution, environment and symptoms.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs work synergistically to energetically reprogram and rebalance the body's systems and functions.
Your body hears everything your mind says.
CUPPING THERAPY is an old treatment technique of placing several vacuum pressured glasses on the body to perform reverse-pressure massage. It has been in practice in both China and the West for more than 3000 years.
The process traditionally uses glass jars, heated to create a vacuum, and placed on the upper back to relieve acute illnesses such as colds and fevers. Cupping can also be done all over the body to invigorate the flow of Qi and to relieve tension and pain. It is often used for treating upper and lower backache, chronic nausea & vomiting, sciatica, frozen shoulder and more.
GUA SHA is a Chinese treatment, similar in effect to cupping. A traditional technique targeting areas with a smooth energetic tool such as rose quartz or onyx. When friction is applied in repeated, even strokes red petechiae will surface relieving pain and muscle tension. The red spots and bruising might take 2 to 3 days to heal. It is effective at treating stiff muscles and increasing circulation.
MASSAGE THERAPY offers a number of positive benefits in conjunction with acupuncture. Some of these benefits are increased circulation, reduced pain and toxin elimination; enhanced immunity and improved sleep and relaxation. There are many types of massage therapy ranging from a relaxing Swedish massage to a more focused trigger point therapy. At Sherwood Acupuncture and Wellness we combine all modalities for a true individual healing session.
NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE is a beautiful hybrid of science and nature that uses natural remedies to help the body maintain a healthy balance from the inside out. It embraces many therapies, including herbs, massage therapy, acupuncture, exercise, nutritional counseling, and prescriptive medicine. Our Naturopaths use lab testing and lifestyle analysis to prescribe individualized treatment programs to promote healthy functioning of digestive, hormonal and detoxification systems.
Some of the key principals of Naturopathic Medicine are:
The healing power of nature: The body has this amazing ability to maintain and restore health. By removing obstacles to help cure and enhance healing allows the body to heal naturally.
Identify and treat the cause: While symptom management is important, it can be more impactful to address the root or underlying cause of an illness. Symptoms generally are an external manifestation of an inner imbalance due to any combination of physical, mental, or emotional causes.
First do no harm: A conscious effort is made to use methods that do not suppress symptoms. Treatments will employ gentle and non-invasive approaches that are effective and do not have adverse side effects.
Treat the whole person: treatments are designed to focus on the individual's presentation.
Prevention: Lifestyle strategies and nutritional supplementation can be evaluated as a means for disease prevention.
If you want a doctor who works from a place of prevention, treatment and optimum health, who also understands the body as a whole and is able to run diagnostic testing, then a Naturopathic Doctor might be the practitioner for you and your family.