Acupuncture & Moxibustion

Classical Acupuncture

Have you been faced with a difficult diagnosis? Been through the ringer with lots of different doctors and been told that you will only get worse? Classical Acupuncture, a comprehensive system of healing based on the classical texts and practice of Chinese Medicine, contains the capacity to effectively treat any illness, whether acute or chronic, to stop and even reverse the progression of disease. It includes the use of the Primary Channels and all of the Complement Channels: Sinew Channels, Luo Vessels, Divergent Channels, and Eight Extraordinary Vessels. Channels and vessels are synonymous, they are meridians or pathways of energy within the body. To read more Classical Acupuncture, click here.
 

Five Element Acupuncture

Are you feeling out of balance or disconnected from who you are at your core? Five Element Acupuncture brings people back into balance and initiates profound healing by treating the patient’s Elemental Constitution, based on Five Element Theory and the Five Elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. The natural world is comprised of the Elements and each Element is an archetype deeply personified in the human experience. Their movements and characteristics can be observed within both nature, the human body, and the psyche. To read more, click here.
 

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is used in both Classical Acupuncture and Five Element Acupuncture. Moxa, Artemisia Argyi, is an herb with medicinal properties that is rolled into tiny cones and burned on acupuncture points or painful areas. It is supplementing and warming but also articulating for a deeper activation of the point.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Tired of side effects and want to try a natural approach? Chinese Herbal Medicine has been helping people get relief from all sorts of illnesses for thousands of years. Whether insomnia, digestive issues, fatigue, low libido, women’s health, fertility, migraine headaches, UTI’s, sore throat or even the common cold, Chinese Herbs can help. Specific and customized formula are available in tablets, powder (to make a tea), or raw herbs.

The practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine has been well documented for over 3,000 years. Simply put, Chinese Herbal Medicine is the treatment of illness with the use of plant, animal, and mineral medicinals to help the body, mind and spirit achieve health and balance. To explain this medicine, let us look to the meaning in it's mother tongue. The character for herbal medicinal - yao 藥 , is essentially the character for music - yue 樂, which has a double meaning of happiness, joy - le 樂 with the plant radical added on top – cao 艹. So, loosely translated Chinese Herbal Medicine is the joy or happiness of music in plant form. Another way of explaining this would be the concept of resonance. The herbs are giving the body a message. The body does the healing work, the herbs simply help it along, or point it in the right direction, if you will. Yes, there are profound biochemical exchanges happening, but it is much deeper than this. Aside from the rich philosophy inherent in this medicine, it happens to be profoundly effective at treating many illnesses, whether acute or chronic, examples being – a variety of colds and sore throats, chronic and acute pain, trauma, lack of energy/fatigue, digestive issues, gynecological problems including PCOS and fibroids, impotence, fertility, insomnia, hemiplegia, migraine headaches, bladder infections, and many many more.
 

Medical Qigong

Do you ever feel like your energy is “off” and you just don’t know why, even though there’s nothing physically wrong with you? Or have you ever had trouble getting rid of those sticky, negative thoughts and emotions? Medical Qigong clears that and gets you back to yourself, but with more energy and a better connection to Heaven, Earth and the Divine.

Medical Qigong predates acupuncture by several thousands of years as energetic medicine. Qi 氣 is the bioenergy or vital life force that underlies and animates all living things. Gong 功 means work or working with, hence Medical Qigong is working with Qi as medicine, or in other words using Qi to treat illness, foster and maintain wellness. Medical Qigong treats insomnia, fatigue, difficult emotional/energetic patterns, sleep issues, fatigue, difficult concentration, digestive issues, pain, chronic illness, disorders of the nervous system, respiratory issues, cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and much, much more.

During the check in, the MQ practitioner assesses the state of the patient’s overall Qi, the energetic state of the organs and channels, the chakra’s, the Wei Qi fields, looking for and becoming aware of blockages and deviations. This is accomplished by the practitioner through an expanded subtle awareness, created through cultivating a palpable connection to Heaven, Earth and the Dao/Divine.

The patient relaxes on the table as the practitioner does a short meditation or “hook up” with Heaven, Earth and Source to set the intention for the treatment. Next the practitioner diagnoses though subtle energetic perception and begins to treat. The treatment consists of removing energetic and emotional blockages or toxic Qi within all of the vital organs, then replacing it with healthy Qi and correcting the flow of energy. The patient may feel movement on and around the body, gentle ‘tugs’, and have major emotional releases as past trauma’s resurface and clear.

Exercises may be taught at the end of a session in order for the healing to continue. They consist of movements with visualization, intention, and breath work. They are individually tailored specifically to continue the process of healing and cultivation for the patient.
 

Hijamah / Cupping

Suffering from pain that runs deep? Looking to deepen your spiritual connection and heal through ancient prophetic medicine? Hijamah, or bleeding cupping therapy, is one of the treatments the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would receive on a regular basis. It has been used for thousands of years to treat illnesses of the blood, chronic and acute emotional and physical pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety, digestive disorders, cough, and much more. Read more. . . .

After a thorough intake, the practitioner decides where to place the cups. Then the cups are suctioned and left to sit for about 7-10 minutes, with more prayers and Qur’anic recitation. Next, the cups are removed, the area sanitized with iodine, then 3 minute superficial incisions are made and the cups are suctioned again over the area and left. More prayers and recitation ensues. The cups stay on for about 20 minutes while blood is drawn from the body. It is not rare to see discolored black blood or other abnormalities. Research has been done on the blood that comes out during Hijamah versus blood that is drawn via syringe intravenously and it was found that blood from Hijamah often contained abnormally shaped and/or functioning RBC’s, a lower count of WBC’s, and/or toxins. After the cups come off, the area is cleaned and sanitized again and covered with antibacterial salve and a bandaid. It is recommended by the sunnah (example of the Prophet Muhammad pbuh) to receive Hijamah on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and the 17th, 19th and 21st of the lunar month. Relief should come immediately with the effects of the treatment continuing into the next day and holding, by God’s will. The treatment plan (how frequent, how many treatments) for each patient will be different according to their needs and constitution. To read even more, here are some links to an article that I wrote a while back along with others’ who have written extensively about Hijamah.
 

Sufi Spiritual Healing

Have you ever felt like your illness has roots that go deeper than just your body and mind? Feeling cut off from the Divine or wanting to deepen your connection as you heal? Sufi Spiritual Healing is the renewal of turning back to the Divine in the places of ourselves that have turned away from witnessing the Divine Reality, our original nature, how we were when we first came into existence. As we return to a state of experiencing and witnessing the Divine Reality, healing happens. What was once an old and painful wound is transformed by the Divine Qualities like Love, Peace, Mercy, Truth, Strength, Holiness, Security, or others (click here to read about the 99 Qualities of the Divine). What is left is a deeper understanding and felt sense of who you are in the Light of Divine Truth. Read more about Sufism...
 

Whole Heart Connection

Feeling ungrounded, uncentered or out of touch with your inner source of insight? Whole Heart Connection is a set of body awareness centered practices designed to help you shift your internal state to one of grounded, heart centered, connection with your deeper self and source of creative insight. It was developed by my long term teacher, Thea Elijah, master Sufi teacher, Chinese Herbalist and 5 Element Acupuncturist. I am currently a Whole Heart Connection teacher in training. To read more, please check out Thea Elijah’s website.