Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture is a medical system which views the human body as a microcosm of the natural world. Each of us reflects nature's rhythmical cycles. In health, we flow with ease through nature’s changes and through the changes in our lives. When illness, pain or a sense of unease arises, acupuncture gently moves us back in the direction of harmony with nature’s rhythms.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, sterilized, disposable needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body – the needles are inserted to various depths. These points have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, Acupuncture points are located on meridians through which Qi (chee) vital energy runs. Acupuncture strives to create and maintain an energetic balance within these meridians in order to obtain stability and homeostasis within the body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine does not replace Western medicine but enhances, balances and complements it. You are always encouraged to seek out Western medical treatment when needed. Our office always prefers to work in conjunction with your medical doctors, not against them.
Other TCM Modalities
Moxibustion is the application of heat to the skin at certain points on or near the surface of the body in an attempt to treat bodily dysfunction or diseases, to modify or prevent pain perception, and to normalize the body’s physiological functions. In our office, we use a mild electrical impulse instead of heat to stimulate the needles during moxibustion treatment.
Cupping creates local suction on the skin in order to mobilize blood flow and dispel stagnation to promote healing. The suction is created by using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps).
Tui-Na is a massage technique that is used to modify or prevent pain perception and to normalize the body’s physiological functions.
Gua Sha is a scraping technique that lightly bruises the skin in order to release unhealthy elements from injured areas to stimulate blood flow and healing.
About our TCM Acupuncturist
Lori is an insured and board-certified Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Arizona. She earned her Master of Science degree in Acupuncture from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture (PIHMA). She is also a nationally board-certified Diplomate in Acupuncture with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Lori is also a Clinical Nutritionist who combines Acupuncture with nutrition to help with weight loss.
Lori’s intention is to create a healing partnership with you. She listens to your concerns and shares her observations with you in a caring, confidential environment. Through this dialogue, she can create a plan for your Acupuncture treatment and for the steps you can take to assist in your recovery of health and wholeness. She will focus on treating the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. Healing is a partnership and there are many modalities and recommendations that can support your goals. Working together with you, she will find the best combination that provides you the best results, and is manageable within your budget and lifestyle.